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No person shall ever, ever, ever go to a Preliminary Hearing on a DUI or any criminal matter without an attorney. A criminal case has many levels, the Preliminary Arraignment, Preliminary Hearing, Arraignment, and Pre-Trial Conference/Trial. The Preliminary Hearing is one of the most critical stages of any criminal prosecution, and no person should go to the Preliminary Hearing without proper representation. Never hire a lawyer who is not familiar and experienced with your type of case, and don't be afraid to ask the lawyer how many DUI cases they handle in a year. Once a Preliminary Hearing is waived, many potential positive outcomes are lost forever.

Fewer drunk driving arrests reported

While the New Year's parties have ended and people settle into normal life in 2013, we look back on trends for drunk driving arrests. While final statistics are still coming in for the recent holiday season, it appears that DUI arrests are trending down. According to a report by the American Automobile Association (AAA) there were fewer DUI arrests in 2011 in Pennsylvania (50,413) compared to 2010 (52,000).

How to handle a DUI stop in Pennsylvania

While the holiday season is meant to be festive and reflective, it may not be so for law enforcement officers across Pennsylvania. They are charged with keeping roads safe and getting dangerous drivers off the road. Also, December is deemed National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, so we expect a number of people to be stopped on suspicion of DUI.

How DUI offenders in Pennsylvania can benefit from DUI court

With less than a week before Christmas, our readers likely know that the public efforts on drunk driving prevention are in full swing. Additional patrols will be in force during the weekend, and more public safety advertisements will be seen on television. Indeed, we support these efforts because prevention is the key in limiting drunk driving accidents (and thus saving lives), but we also believe that DUI courts have not received the recognition deserved for their roles in changing the culture of DUI enforcement in Pennsylvania.

Costas' gun control statements draw criticism

Halftime during the prime-time Sunday night football game is usually reserved for recapping the day around the NFL. It is commonly non-partisan and designed to give fans an updates and analysis on football games. However, during halftime of game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, broadcaster Bob Costas used his segment to advocate for gun control as part of his reporting on the murder-suicide involving Jovan Belcher, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Settlement reached for former juvenile offenders

After claiming that their rights were violated by the 'kids-for-cash' case, 1,066 former defendants from Luzerne County Juvenile Court and their parents will split $12.2 million. The settlement is part of a class-action suit against a developer who paid off two judges to place convicted juvenile offenders in for-profit detention center that his firm built.

Budget director's wife to get probation for DUI, fleeing conviction

Georgina Zogby will avoid jail time and serve probation after being sentenced for a number of criminal offenses stemming from a drunken driving arrest in July 2011. The wife of Pennsylvania Budget Secretary Charles Zogby will spend three years on probation after being convicted for fleeing police and DUI.

Montgomery County Woman Charged with Cyber-Harassment

The use of online social media sites to harass or intimidate has become a national issue after a number of suicides and incidents stemming from online harassment have been prosecuted in criminal courts. In Montgomery County, a woman who allegedly unleashed a tirade of angry posts on Twitter has been charged with stalking and harassment.

Preliminary Hearing -- The Tee Shot

Every criminal case in Montgomery and Bucks Counties starts out with a Preliminary Hearing.  When I use the words "start out," I mean that to say this is the first critical stage where a good lawyer starts to shape how the case will finish.  As I tell my clients, the Preliminary Hearing in a criminal case is just like a Tee Shot in the game of Golf.

Gregory R. Gifford
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