Veterans Court For Philadelphia DUI Cases

DUI cases have serious implications.  While the effects of a first-time DUI are not life altering, a second or third offense can have a dramatic impact.  By way of illustration, the mandatory sentence for a second offense highest tier is ninety (90) days in jail.  This three month period of incarceration can change your life. […]

Copoulos Gets ARD For Ineligible Client

Attorney Copoulos successfully applied for ARD on behalf of his DUI client.  Client, KJ, was ineligible because of previous charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Copoulos wrote a letter to the DA asking them to reconsider KJ’s ineligibility.  KJ and her attorney filed a complete packet of referrals and letters from employers and other […]

DUI Second Offense Dismissed (Defendant Walks)

Defendant was charged with Driving Under the Influence – Second Offense.  If convicted, defendant faced a mandatory minimum sentence of ninety days incarceration, a $1,500.00 fine, Alcohol Highway Safety School, an eighteen month license suspension, Ignition Interlock, and a drug and alcohol assessment. Defendant wished to plead guilty.  However, after a lengthy discussion, defendant changed […]

5 Great Tips For DUI Stops

Be polite & courteous to police; You have a right to remain silent; You have a right to refuse sobriety tests; If you refuse the tests, your license will be suspended for one year; and Contact a DUI attorney. Don’t try to represent yourself.

Mandatory Minimum Sentences For DUI Convictions (PA)

The following are some mandatory minimum sentences for more serious violations of Pennsylvania’s Motor Vehicle Code.  Some mandatory minimum sentences can be re-negotiated or beaten.  Recent case law has also called into question the constitutionality of mandatory minimum sentencing.  It is important that you speak with a lawyer if facing any of the following criminal […]

The Real Reason For DUI Treatment Court (DUITC)

According to a recent poll by NPR, the approval rating for Congress stands at 7%.  The rating is the lowest in the history of the poll.  Congress is viewed so poorly because The People recognize that it is a corrupt, self interested political body.  The people in congress care more about platitudes than action, more […]

What is Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition?

Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) is a common resolution to DUI First Offense and other non violent crimes in Philadelphia.  Eligibility is based on prior criminal records.  Eligible defendants are generally first time offenders charged with relatively minor offenses.  The ARD program enables the state to impose a more lengthy period of supervision than the AMP […]

DUI: First Offense / Highest Tier – Possible Defenses

Driving Under the Influence: First Offense / Highest Tier is a very serious offense in the State of Pennsylvania.  Defendants facing this charge are looking at a mandatory minimum sentence that will affect their future and their finances for years. DUI: First Offense / Highest Tier is a charge that affects anyone arrested for DUI […]