While all DUI charges are treated very seriously in Western Pennsylvania, your expected sentence will depend on your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) and your prior history, if any, of DUI convictions. If you have had prior DUIs and/or your BAC is high the penalties can be severe. DUIs can also result in the loss of your license and adversely affect your employment. With so much at stake, you should contact a knowledgeable Criminal Defense Lawyer who can explain the elements of the offense, possible penalties (including suspension of your driving license), defenses, and expected outcomes.
Theft & Robbery
The offense of theft and robbery both involve the taking of property of from another with the intent to deprive the owner their possession. Theft is the basic property offense and the penalties vary greatly depending on the individual circumstances of your case. The most important factors being the method of taking and the value of the stolen item(s). Thefts range in severity from summary offense to first degree felony. Robbery on the hand it always a serious crime and always graded as a felony with the possibility of serious prison time. Robbery involves a theft but with specific aggravating circumstances.
Drug charges can be filed in both state and federal court. In both jurisdictions the drug laws are complex and the possible penalties are severe depending on the type and quantity of the drug. Fortunately, DeLuco Law has experience handling cases in both state and federal court for charges ranging from simple possession to the manufacturing and trafficking of illegal drugs. Unlike many criminal defense firms, DeLuco Law is also ready and able to conduct a comprehensive investigation of the evidence to achieve the best possible result in your case.
Assault charges come in two categories: simple assault and aggravated assault. Simple Assault is always some level of misdemeanor and generally involves causing non-serious bodily injury or attempted to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury. Aggravated assault is a felony of the first degree – punishable by up to 20 years incarceration – if the State shows beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant caused or attempted to cause serious bodily injury to another under circumstances that show extreme indifference to human life.
A past mistake resulting in a conviction for a minor crime or even a criminal charge or even minor convictions can have lifelong consequences, including barriers to obtaining employment, furthering your education, finding a home, securing a professional license, and/or applying for a gun permit. However, through the process of expungement, you may be able to erase all or part of your criminal record which means it will no longer be visible to the general public, including employers, educational institutions, and insurance companies.