Pittsburgh DUI Lawyer George Heym 

FORMER ALLEGHENY COUNTY DUI PROSECUTOR!

Pittsburgh DUI Definitions

 

Alternative Housing

 Mandatory DUI Jail sentences may sometimes be served in what are commonly known as halfway houses instead of Jail. Such a sentence may also allow for the individual to attend work and/or school during the day and return to the facility at night.

Burden of Proof

The level of evidence that must be presented by the Commonwealth.

Criminal Information

A formal charging document filed with the Clerk of Courts which specifies the particular crimes the accused is charged with and the dates on which they occurred.

Discovery

This is a copy of all of the evidence that the Commonwealth has against the accused. It may include police reports, Breathalyzer or Laboratory reports, photographs, witness statements, expert reports and any other evidence that has been obtained by the Commonwealth.

House Arrest

Very similar to alternative housing except that the individual is incarcerated in their home. The individual wears a monitoring anklet which allows their whereabouts to be tracked at all times. This type of sentence may also allow for the individual to attend work and/or school.

Jury Trial

Twelve citizens of the Commonwealth sit as the "Judges of Fact" and decide whether the individual is Guilty or Not Guilty. During the trial a Common Pleas Court Judge will make all legal rulings and instruct the Jury on the law to apply to the facts.

Non-Jury Trial

A Common Pleas Court Judge will make factual decisions instead of a jury and return the verdict of Guilty or Not Guilty.

Plea Agreement

This is an agreement reached by the accused and the Commonwealth. A plea agreement can involve pleading guilty, or no contest, in return for a reduction in the charges and/or an agreed upon sentence. An experienced Pittsburgh DUI Lawyer will be able to get you the best plea agreement under the particular circumstances of your DUI case.

Pre-Sentence Report

The Department of Probation prepares a report to aid the Court in sentencing. It will summarize the crime, the individual's prior criminal and personal background and a statement from the victim(s).

Prima Facia Case

The Commonwealth must present evidence that a crime has been committed and that it is more likely than not that the accused is the perpetrator of that crime.

Probation

During a probationary period the individual is not incarcerated but is supervised by an officer from the Department of Probation.
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Receipt of a summons from the Magistrate’s office begins the process of your DUI charge in the Judicial System. The following is a summary of what you can expect as your DUI charge works its way through that system.

Preliminary Hearing

   This hearing will be held in front of a District Judge and is initiated by a police officer filing a criminal complaint against you. The purpose of this hearing is to determine whether or not the Commonwealth can establish enough evidence for the case to be sent to Common Pleas Court for trial. The burden of proof on the Commonwealth at a preliminary hearing is "Prima Facia" - in layman's terms the Commonwealth must prove that it is more likely than not that a crime was committed and that it is more likely than not that you are the person who committed this crime - this is a very low burden of proof. However, that does not mean that Driving Under the Influence charges cannot be dismissed, or worked out to lesser charges, at this proceeding. Therefore, it is very important to be represented by an experienced Pittsburgh DUI Lawyer at your preliminary hearing. If all, or some, of the charges are held for court you will next have to attend a . . .

Formal Arraignment

   At this proceeding a Common Pleas Court Judge (or a member of the Court staff) will officially inform you and your Lawyer of all of the charges against you. The Judge will read the charges from the Criminal Information. You will also be given a date to return for a . . .

Pre-Trial Conference

   At this conference you, and your DUI Defense Lawyer will meet with the prosecutor assigned to your DUI case and pick a date for your case to proceed to trial. It may also be a good opportunity to receive discovery in the case, confirm which mandatory DUI Jail sentences apply and negotiate potential plea agreements. This is why it is so important to be represented by an experienced Pittsburgh DUI Attorney prior to this time. Next, you will have to return for the . . .

Trial Date

   On this date, you will be expected to proceed to trial. However, there are several things that can actually happen on this date. First, you can actually proceed to trial. You will have the choice of proceeding with either a non-jury or a jury trial. Second, you might negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecutor. Third, the case might be postponed because one of the parties is unable to proceed to trial on that date. Finally, if the Commonwealth is unable, or unwilling, to proceed with the case it will be withdrawn by the prosecutor or dismissed by the Judge. Only a knowledgeable DUI Defense Lawyer can evaluate your case to determine which of these options is in your best interest. If you are convicted of, or plead guilty to, your DUI charges you will then have to proceed to . . .

Sentencing

   After conviction, or plea, you will have the right to ask the Court for a pre-sentence report which will postpone your sentencing for approximately 90 days or you can waive your right to the pre-sentence report and ask the Judge to impose sentence immediately. At sentencing it is imperative that your Pittsburgh Drunk Driving  Lawyer have the training and experience necessary to ensure that the correct mandatory DUI sentence is imposed. Otherwise you could end up being sentenced to far more jail time than you should. You will then have to . . .

Serve Your Sentence

   If you are represented by an experienced  DUI Lawyer, mandatory DUI jail sentences may often be served in alternative housing or on house arrest rather than in jail.
Pittsburgh DUI Jail Sentence

Pittsburgh DUI Criminal Justice System Procedures

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Pittsburgh DUI Definitions

 

Alternative Housing

 Mandatory DUI Jail sentences may sometimes be served in what are commonly known as halfway houses instead of Jail. Such a sentence may also allow for the individual to attend work and/or school during the day and return to the facility at night.

Burden of Proof

The level of evidence that must be presented by the Commonwealth.

Criminal Information

A formal charging document filed with the Clerk of Courts which specifies the particular crimes the accused is charged with and the dates on which they occurred.

Discovery

This is a copy of all of the evidence that the Commonwealth has against the accused. It may include police reports, Breathalyzer or Laboratory reports, photographs, witness statements, expert reports and any other evidence that has been obtained by the Commonwealth.

House Arrest

Very similar to alternative housing except that the individual is incarcerated in their home. The individual wears a monitoring anklet which allows their whereabouts to be tracked at all times. This type of sentence may also allow for the individual to attend work and/or school.

Jury Trial

Twelve citizens of the Commonwealth sit as the "Judges of Fact" and decide whether the individual is Guilty or Not Guilty. During the trial a Common Pleas Court Judge will make all legal rulings and instruct the Jury on the law to apply to the facts.

Non-Jury Trial

A Common Pleas Court Judge will make factual decisions instead of a jury and return the verdict of Guilty or Not Guilty.

Plea Agreement

This is an agreement reached by the accused and the Commonwealth. A plea agreement can involve pleading guilty, or no contest, in return for a reduction in the charges and/or an agreed upon sentence. An experienced Pittsburgh DUI Lawyer will be able to get you the best plea agreement under the particular circumstances of your DUI case.

Pre-Sentence Report

The Department of Probation prepares a report to aid the Court in sentencing. It will summarize the crime, the individual's prior criminal and personal background and a statement from the victim(s).

Prima Facia Case

The Commonwealth must present evidence that a crime has been committed and that it is more likely than not that the accused is the perpetrator of that crime.

Probation

During a probationary period the individual is not incarcerated but is supervised by an officer from the Department of Probation.
Call or Text me on my Cell Phone 24/7 at 412-216-4984
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Receipt of a summons from the Magistrate’s office begins the process of your DUI charge in the Judicial System. The following is a summary of what you can expect as your DUI charge works its way through that system.

Preliminary Hearing

   This hearing will be held in front of a District Judge and is initiated by a police officer filing a criminal complaint against you. The purpose of this hearing is to determine whether or not the Commonwealth can establish enough evidence for the case to be sent to Common Pleas Court for trial. The burden of proof on the Commonwealth at a preliminary hearing is "Prima Facia" - in layman's terms the Commonwealth must prove that it is more likely than not that a crime was committed and that it is more likely than not that you are the person who committed this crime - this is a very low burden of proof. However, that does not mean that Driving Under the Influence charges cannot be dismissed, or worked out to lesser charges, at this proceeding. Therefore, it is very important to be represented by an experienced Pittsburgh DUI Lawyer at your preliminary hearing. If all, or some, of the charges are held for court you will next have to attend a . . .

Formal Arraignment

   At this proceeding a Common Pleas Court Judge (or a member of the Court staff) will officially inform you and your Lawyer of all of the charges against you. The Judge will read the charges from the Criminal Information. You will also be given a date to return for a . . .

Pre-Trial Conference

   At this conference you, and your DUI Defense Lawyer will meet with the prosecutor assigned to your DUI case and pick a date for your case to proceed to trial. It may also be a good opportunity to receive discovery in the case, confirm which mandatory DUI Jail sentences apply and negotiate potential plea agreements. This is why it is so important to be represented by an experienced Pittsburgh DUI Attorney prior to this time. Next, you will have to return for the . . .

Trial Date

   On this date, you will be expected to proceed to trial. However, there are several things that can actually happen on this date. First, you can actually proceed to trial. You will have the choice of proceeding with either a non-jury or a jury trial. Second, you might negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecutor. Third, the case might be postponed because one of the parties is unable to proceed to trial on that date. Finally, if the Commonwealth is unable, or unwilling, to proceed with the case it will be withdrawn by the prosecutor or dismissed by the Judge. Only a knowledgeable DUI Defense Lawyer can evaluate your case to determine which of these options is in your best interest. If you are convicted of, or plead guilty to, your DUI charges you will then have to proceed to . . .

Sentencing

   After conviction, or plea, you will have the right to ask the Court for a pre- sentence report which will postpone your sentencing for approximately 90 days or you can waive your right to the pre-sentence report and ask the Judge to impose sentence immediately. At sentencing it is imperative that your Pittsburgh Drunk Driving  Lawyer have the training and experience necessary to ensure that the correct mandatory DUI sentence is imposed. Otherwise you could end up being sentenced to far more jail time than you should. You will then have to . . .

Serve Your Sentence

   If you are represented by an experienced  DUI Lawyer, mandatory DUI jail sentences may often be served in alternative housing or on house arrest rather than in jail.
Pittsburgh DUI Jail Sentence

Pittsburgh DUI Criminal Justice System

Procedures

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