Friday, March 28, 2014

Com. v. J.R. (Careless Driving)


Attorney Paletta represented Client who was charged with Careless Driving.  Before contacting Attorney Paletta, Client plead Guilty to this traffic offense, but was not aware that he would lose his license if he did so.  Client received notification of suspension from PennDot & immediately contacted Attroney Paletta.  A license suspension for Client meant that he would also lose his job.
 Since Client had already plead Guilty, and the 30 day appeal period was up, Attorney Paletta filed a Nunc Pro Tunc Petition with the Court requesting permission to file an untimely appeal of Client’s Guilty Plea.  Attorney Paletta’s Petition was Granted and an Appeal of Client’s Guilty Plea was immediately filed.  A Summary Conviction Appeal, Hearing was schedued before Judge Gallo of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

Attorney Paletta negotiated a plea bargain with the State Trooper to a lesser charge of Violation of Vehicle Equipment Standards and the original Careless Driving charge Dismissed.  This meant no Driver’s License Suspension for Client. & no loss of job!!