Another day, another legal victory: this time, we were able to have an entire case dismissed for a client with Philadelphia DUI charges.
Here’s a breakdown of what happened: police arrived at the scene of a traffic accident in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia.
They observed one car which had been rear-ended, and another car which had collided with the first. Our client was driving the second car, which hit the first car.
Police suspected our client was under the influence of drugs or alcohol to such an extent that it would have rendered him unable to safely drive a motor vehicle on the streets of Pennsylvania.
Since our client had multiple prior Philadelphia DUI convictions, the Commonwealth charged him with a felony DUI. The driver made the smart choice to hire the Philadelphia Criminal Defense Lawyers at Kenny, Burns & McGill.
As an additional problem, our client was under court supervised probation at the time of the accident, and these new charges triggered a detainer. That detainer sent our client to jail and kept him there.
The judge decided that she would not lift that detainer until the DUI case was resolved, keeping our client in jail.
During an initial proceeding, Criminal Defense Attorney Thomas Kenny successfully argued for the felony DUI charges to be dropped, saving the client a potential seven-year jail sentence.
On May 10, 2021, this Philadelphia DUI matter was listed for trial at the Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice, located at 1301 Filbert Street in Philadelphia.
The trial was handled by Criminal Defense Attorney Eileen Burns. Attorney Burns took the time to investigate and research all the issues involved in the case. She came to court focused, prepared, and ready to fight.
One great point that Attorney Burns made was that the police never determined whether our client suffered from a medical condition, the symptoms of which could have made him seem as though he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
After intense arguments back and forth, the Court agreed with Attorney Burns and dismissed the entire case against our client.
Since these charges posed a potential probation violation, they no longer serve as any threat to our client in front of his probation judge.
This was a great victory for Kenny, Burns & McGill and a huge win for our client.
If you or a loved one have a Philadelphia DUI matter or any type of criminal case that needs an experienced defense team, call or text us today at 215-423-5500. Nothing is more important than your freedom.