DUI With a Minor Passenger

The crackdown on people convicted of DUIs just became even more intense. On July 9, 2012, a person arrested for driving while intoxicated (DUI), when there is a minor occupant in the car will suffer enhanced DUI penalties on conviction.

Pennsylvania lawmakers created the new drinking-and-driving connected offense to further deter drunk drivers. Act 39, as it is called, makes it a first degree misdemeanor for anyone convicted of DUI who had a minor in the car as a passenger at the time of the arrest. This charge is in addition to the initial DUI charge. The law amends Title 75 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes that relate to vehicles.

Penalties for DUI When There Is a Person Under 18 in the Car

The new drunk-driving offense comes with it own set of steep consequences. A first-time conviction of DUI with a minor passenger, which is anyone under the age of 18, will cost at minimum $1000 in fines and a community service sentence of 100 hours. A second DUI conviction with a minor in the car will cost you a minimum of $2500 in fines along with a one to six month prison sentence.

Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr., Senate District 44, introduced the “minor in the car” bill. Prosecutors have long been inclined to seek steep penalties for those arrested for DUI with a child in the car. Now the law backs them up.

Those convicted of a DUI with a minor in the car will not be eligible for the Alternative Rehabilitative Disposition Program (ARD). ARD is a sentence diversion generally available, for people who are dealing with a first-time DUI conviction.

Talk With an Experienced Pennsylvania DUI Defense Attorney

If you have been arrested for DUI with a minor passenger in the car or are facing any other criminal charges, the law office of Laguna Reyes Maloney LLP can aggressively protect your rights and your freedom.

Please call to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney in our Harrisburg, PA, office: 717-233-5292. You may also email us to schedule your appointment.

Hate Crime Laws in Pennsylvania

Providing You with Information Relevant to the Defense of Your Case and Your Rights

In Pennsylvania, many crimes are made legally more serious when prosecutors deem that the alleged crime was a hate crime.

In recent years, several high-profile cases have resulted in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reducing the scope of our state’s hate crime laws. Still, many individuals facing criminal charges face hate crime charges when the alleged perpetrator is suspected of being motivated by bias against people for their sexual preference, national origin, gender, religion, race, ethnicity or political affiliation. For more information regarding Pennsylvania’s hate crime laws, visit the website PartnersAgainstHate.

If you face hate crime charges in Pennsylvania, contact the attorneys of Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP. We understand the frustration and confusion that can result when criminal charges involve allegations of a hate crime.

Have you been accused of committing a hate crime relating to an alleged assault on a minority? Were you charged with a hate crime just for sharing or spreading your views regarding an individual or a group of individuals?

The legal team at Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP, includes experienced criminal defense attorneys and a former police officer. We have investigated hundreds of criminal cases and can question allegations relating to your motives in an alleged crime.

If you face hate crime charges, it is essential that you obtain qualified legal assistance in handling Pennsylvania’s complex laws and legal system and in fighting your charges. Our firm provides free initial consultations regarding any criminal charge. To discuss your concerns with an attorney at no charge, call 717-233-5292.

Federal Weapons Charges in Pennsylvania

Experienced Federal Charges Defense Attorneys in Harrisburg

Have you been accused of a federal weapons crime in Pennsylvania? The first step in fighting your charges and protecting your rights, future and freedom is to contact an experienced federal weapons defense attorney.

The attorney team of Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP, includes lawyers who:

Federal investigators and prosecutors are ready to bring years of expertise and the full resources of the federal judicial system to the prosecution of your case. You need assistance from a legal team that is experienced in fighting charges of possession of an illegal firearm, assault/battery with a firearm, possession of weapon by a felon or unlawful possession of a firearm.

Federal weapons charges can result in years in prison, deportment (for immigrants) and a permanent stain on your record. We can evaluate your case and determine how to best defend it. For example, firm attorney Roger Laguna is a former police officer who is skilled at assessing how law enforcement officials gather evidence. Our team question whether there was probable cause for any search, seizure or arrest that was conducted, and determine whether the evidence against you was properly obtained. If federal agents acted improperly or illegally, you charges may be dropped.

Often, federal agents are able to tie a weapons charge with another charge, thus increasing the severity of the charges and penalties, including extensive and consecutive prison sentences. Don’t face the federal government without effective legal help. Contact Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP, by calling 717-233-5292.

Criminal Law Legal Help for Immigrants in Pennsylvania

Information Regarding Deportable Offenses

Under federal immigration laws, temporary or permanent residents can be deported if convicted of certain crimes. Because federal immigration laws are generally geared towards the removal of criminal offenders, the list of deportable offenders is too long to include on this blog page. However, a list of charges that commonly lead to deportation includes:

If you face any of the above charges or any other criminal charges in Pennsylvania and are concerned about your right to remain in the U.S., contact the Harrisburg law firm of Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP.

We understand that, as an immigrant, you face the possibility of separation from your family and a return to problematic situation in your nation of origin. We can draw on decades of legal experience when working to fight your charges and keep you in the U.S.

A key step is to work to have charges reduced to a legal that won’t lead to deportation. We can work with prosecutors, local law enforcement officers and the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to this end. We can also conduct an investigation and determine other steps, i.e. does it make sense to work to have your charges dismissed?

At Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP, we keep apprised of the constantly changing laws that affect your rights as an immigrant in the U.S. For more information regarding deportable offenses in Pennsylvania, please contact our office by calling 717-233-5292.

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