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DUI & Criminal Defense Case Results

  • Court Rules Police Stop Unlawful: Drugs & DUI Evidence Suppressed

    Court Rules Police Stop Unlawful: Drugs & DUI Evidence Suppressed State Police stopped a motorist traveling eastbound on I-90 after midnight in Erie County because of a suspected lane violation and careless driving. After the stop, police smelled marijuana coming from the car and saw marijuana “shake” on the center console next to the driver. […]

  • Erie Texting While Driving DUI Case Dismissed

    Erie Texting While Driving DUI Case Dismissed On August 14, 2013, the Court ruled that police lacked sufficient evidence to stop a motorist who was holding an illuminated cell phone for two or three seconds while driving after midnight through the Borough of Albion in Erie County, Pennsylvania. The police stopped the motorist, who exhibited […]

  • DUI at Presque Isle State Park Withdrawn

    Allegation of DUI at Presque Isle State Park Withdrawn A Pittsburgh man facing his second DUI in 10 years was stopped by an off-duty Sheriff near the entrance of Presque Isle State Park for suspicion of DUI. Erie DUI lawyer Tim George cross-examined the arresting officer at the preliminary hearing. The sheriff testified at the […]

  • DUI Charges Dropped Against Woman Out of Gas

    DUI Charges Dropped Against Woman Out of Gas In the early morning hours of November 9, 2007, an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol Agent came upon a North East, PA woman who was walking alone on the berm of Interstate 90. The woman had run out of gas about a mile back on the same highway. […]

  • DUI Dismissed Against Erie Man Sleeping It Off in Parking Lot

    DUI Dismissed Against Erie Man Sleeping It Off in Parking Lot Shortly after midnight, a City of Erie police officer noticed a car parked in the parking lot of the local Holiday Inn. The driver was asleep behind the wheel, with the key in the ignition and the parking lights turned on. An open bottle […]

  • DUI Dropped in Girard Township

    DUI Dropped in Girard Township In June 2014, the Pennsylvania State Police followed a motorist for a short distance as he traveled west on Tow Road in Fairview Township, PA. Police eventually initiated a motor vehicle stop. The basis for the stop was that the motorist allegedly failed to keep his vehicle within its lane […]

  • Meadville DUI Stop Ruled Illegal: BAC Results Tossed

    Meadville DUI Stop Ruled Illegal: BAC Results Tossed A Crawford County judge ruled that the Pennsylvania State Police lacked reasonable suspicion when troopers stopped a Meadville motorist suspected of DUI last summer. As a result, none of the evidence obtained from the motorist can be used against the motorist at trial. The ruling means that […]

  • Lake Erie Boater Accused of BUI Cleared of All Charges

    Lake Erie Boater Accused of BUI Cleared of All Charges The Coast Guard received a report of an intoxicated boater. A short time later, a boating under the influence (BUI) patrol stopped an Erie man’s boat supposedly “at random” for the purpose of inspecting the safety equipment on the boat. Upon boarding the vessel, the […]

  • Harborcreek DUI Charges Dropped After Stop Deemed to Be Illegal

    Harborcreek DUI Charges Dropped After Stop Deemed to Be Illegal Late at night, a driver turned right at a stop light and crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic in Harborcreek, Pennsylvania. No other cars were on the roadway at the time. Police stopped the man, administered field sobriety tests, then obtained a blood sample. […]

  • North East DUI Case Dismissed at Preliminary Hearing

    North East DUI Case Dismissed at Preliminary Hearing On an early Sunday morning just after two o’clock, local North East police stopped a vehicle driven by a North East man suspected of DUI. According to the patrolman, the suspect’s car was being driven on the wrong side of the street and at an excessive speed. […]

  • DUI Against Minor in North East, PA Withdrawn

    DUI Against Minor in North East, PA Withdrawn On a Saturday morning at 4:00 a.m., a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper followed an underage motorist for more than a mile under the belief that the motorist may have been under the influence of alcohol “due to the time of the night.” Although the trooper could not […]

  • DUI Withdrawn in Washington Township

    DUI Withdrawn in Washington Township, PA In October 2014, the Pennsylvania State Police followed a motorist for some distance before initiating a motor vehicle stop when the motorist turned into a parking lot in Washington Township, Pennsylvania. According to the complaint, the motorist was stopped because he was weaving within his own lane, traveled over […]

  • Meadville Woman Wins New Trial After Successful Appeal

    Meadville Woman Wins New Trial After Successful Appeal A Crawford County woman was convicted of 15 felonies and six misdemeanors arising from allegations that she stole money from her employer. She was not represented by Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. at trial. However, she retained Erie criminal defense lawyer Tim George to represent her on […]

  • Millcreek Man Found Not Guilty of Sex Offense

    Millcreek Man Found Not Guilty of Sex Offense An instructor at a local high school was accused by a student of indecent assault on the last day of school. The assault, which included a claim of inappropriate sexual contact, allegedly occurred while other students enjoyed a party and a movie in a nearby classroom. After […]

  • Erie Court Says PennDOT Cannot Suspend License for DUI in Kentucky

    Erie Court Says PennDOT Cannot Suspend License for DUI in Kentucky A Pennsylvania driver was convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in the State of Kentucky. As a result of the out-of-state conviction, PennDOT then suspended his Pennsylvania driver’s license for one year. Erie DUI lawyer Tim George filed an appeal to the Commonwealth […]

  • Criminal Mischief Charge Dismissed Against Albion Woman

    Criminal Mischief Charge Dismissed Against Albion Woman After two hours of testimony at a preliminary hearing on March 28, 2011, a Magisterial District Judge dismissed allegations of criminal mischief against an Albion, Pennsylvania woman. The charges stemmed from a claim that a man was assaulted and his car damaged following a disturbance at a retirement […]

  • PFA Tossed After Court Hearing

    PFA Tossed After Court Hearing In February 2015, a woman sought and received a temporary PFA against her estranged husband which resulted in him being excluded from the marital residence. Her allegations included that her husband had made veiled threats, had angry outbursts that resulted in property damage, and employed a dog to “terrorize” her. […]

  • PFA Tossed After Court Hearing

    Erie Police Officer Cleared of All Charges A local Erie, PA police officer faced allegations of rape, simple assault, and other charges involving an altercation with his estranged wife. A jury cleared the man, a Gulf War veteran, following five days of trial. The defense team included David G. Ridge and Tim George. Mr. Ridge, […]

  • “Terry” Search Ruled Unlawful – Drug Charges Dismissed Against Erie Motorist

    “Terry” Search Ruled Unlawful – Drug Charges Dismissed Against Erie Motorist On April 21, 2010 at 2:00 in the morning, Millcreek Township police stopped a motorist who had pulled over on the side of the road to drop a friend off at the foot of his driveway. When police discovered that the driver was operating […]

  • Confession Suppressed – PWID Heroin Cocaine Charges Dismissed

    Confession Suppressed – PWID Heroin and Cocaine Charges Dismissed In September 2014, Erie police received information that an illegal drug known as K2 was being sold at a convenience store on East Avenue in the City of Erie. Police obtained a search warrant to search the location. During the search, two individuals were located within […]

  • Millcreek Hotel Search Warrant Invalid: Court Tosses Evidence

    Millcreek Hotel Search Warrant Invalid: Court Tosses Evidence Local police arrested seven men from Detroit at a local hotel after receiving a tip from housekeeping that room 324 contained three or four bags of marijuana. The men paid cash for rooms 324 and 419. The cleaning staff also observed a towel underneath the door of […]

  • PFA Dismissed by Court

    PFA Dismissed by Court In December 2015, a young woman in Pennsylvania accused a man of forcible rape on separate occasions in her home. She then sought protection from the court in the form of a petition for sexual violence protection order. Her request for a temporary order was granted. However, the defendant denied the […]

  • Summit Township Bad Check Case Dismissed

    Summit Township Bad Check Case Dismissed A case involving an allegation of bad checks, filed under section 4105 (a) of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, was dismissed at the preliminary hearing. The case arose from a claim by a local car dealership that a customer paid for car repairs with a personal check drawn on an […]

  • Open Lewdness Charges Dropped Against Saegertown Man

    Open Lewdness Charges Dropped Against Saegertown Man An elderly man from Saegertown, PA faced allegations of open lewdness and indecent exposure arising from an incident at a department store men’s room in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. However, he will not face trial. The 79-year-old man, who maintained his innocence throughout the case, was prepared for trial when […]

  • PFA Dismissed After Hearing

    PFA Dismissed After Hearing In March 2015, a PFA was granted to a woman who alleged that her long-time boyfriend threatened to do “bad things” to her and “knows people that will harm her.” She also accused him of threatening other things that would happen to her which placed her in fear of injury. At […]

  • Felony Sex Offenses Withdrawn

    Felony Sex Offenses Withdrawn In March 2014, a college student was charged in Warren County, PA with 32 counts of criminal offenses arising from the dissemination of sexually explicit images being transmitted by a smartphone application. The student faced eight counts of corruption of minors (all felonies), eight counts of unlawful contact with a minor […]

  • Erie Man Acquitted of Rape

    Erie Man Acquitted of Rape An Erie, Pennsylvania man accused of raping a woman he had met at a local night spot was acquitted by a jury after a three-day trial. He was defended by Erie criminal defense attorney Tim George. No two cases are exactly the same. The facts of each case often are […]

  • Simple Assault Allegations Withdrawn Against Erie Nurse

    Simple Assault Allegations Withdrawn Against Erie Nurse An Erie nurse facing allegations of simple assault had criminal charges withdrawn at the time set for his preliminary hearing. After Erie criminal defense lawyer Tim George played a voicemail for the prosecutor — the voicemail recorded the exchange between the man and the aggressor — prosecutors realized […]

  • Court: State Police Lacked Reasonable Suspicion to Stop Lake City Driver Charged with DUI

    Witness Intimidation Case Dropped Against Erie Man During Trial After jury selection and an opening statement by Erie criminal defense lawyer Tim George, the Commonwealth dropped charges against a man accused of witness intimidation. The judge entered a judgment of acquittal in favor of the defense. Earlier in the week, allegations of armed robbery and […]

  • Lake Erie Boating Under The Infuence BUI Lawyer: Search Violates Constitution

    Lake Erie Boating Under the Infuence BUI Lawyer: Search Violates Constitution On July 3, 2010, a Brookville, PA man was operating his fishing boat near Gull Point in Lake Erie when a Pennsylvania Water Conservation Officer observed, approached, followed, and ultimately boarded the watercraft. The officer claimed that he followed and then boarded the boat […]

  • Open Lewdness Withdrawn

    Open Lewdness Withdrawn In September 2013, a college student was arrested for open lewdness, disorderly conduct, and underage drinking following a party in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. At the preliminary hearing, Erie criminal defense attorney Tim George negotiated a resolution with the police which resulted in the misdemeanor and two summary offenses being withdrawn. The underage drinking […]

  • Jury Acquits Meadville Man of Retail Theft

    Jury Acquits Meadville Man of Retail Theft Meadville, Pennsylvania – After two days of trial, a Crawford County jury found a Meadville man not guilty of retail theft stemming from the purchase of five rolls of roofing material from a local business. Erie retail theft lawyer Tim George defended the man, who maintained his innocence […]

  • Court Excludes Confession of Cleveland, PA Man Charged with Sex Offense

    Court Excludes Confession of Cleveland, PA Man Charged with Sex Offense A Cleveland, Pennsylvania man was arrested in Erie, PA for an alleged sex offense. He faced a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison if convicted at trial. The police read “Miranda” warnings to the suspect, and he initially agreed to waive his […]

  • Jury Acquits Erie Man of Aggravated Assault

    Jury Acquits Erie Man of Aggravated Assault An Erie man who was defended by Erie criminal defense attorney Tim George was cleared of charges that he intentionally injured one of the passengers in a sport utility vehicle (SUV) which was run off the road by him. He faced charges of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another […]

  • Aggravated Assault Charge Dropped During Trial

    Aggravated Assault Charge Against Erie Man Dropped During Trial An Erie man was charged with a crime and faced a maximum sentence of 27 years in prison after he allegedly stabbed another man with a butcher knife in an altercation on his front porch. The wounds required the victim to be admitted to a local […]

  • Successful Motion Saves Millcreek Nurse’s License

    Successful Motion Saves Millcreek Nurse’s License A Millcreek Township nurse was suspected of taking medication from a patient. When questioned by police, she was told, in effect, that she would receive ARD and avoid a conviction if she cooperated by waiving her right to consult with a lawyer. This would enable her to retain her […]

  • Franklin, PA Man Acquitted of Terroristic Threats

    Franklin, PA Man Acquitted of Terroristic Threats The City of Erie Police, acting on a complaint from an ex-girlfriend of Franklin, PA, filed terroristic threat charges against the man. Police alleged that the man telephoned his ex-girlfriend repeatedly and, in the course of an argument, threatened to “slice her throat” and harm others in her […]

  • Reckless Endangerment Charges Against Fairview Man Dropped on Eve of Trial

    Reckless Endangering Charges Against Fairview Man Dropped on Eve of Trial A man was accused of reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of children when he left his six-year-old daughter on the porch of his estranged wife. When the man drove away, the child wandered out of the neighborhood and near State Route 20 in […]

  • Erie Man Accused of Simple Assault Wins Acquittal

    Erie Man Accused of Simple Assault Wins Acquittal A man facing allegations of simple assault defended the charges before a jury. At the close of evidence, Erie criminal defense attorney Tim George moved for a judgment of acquittal. The Court granted the request for acquittal, thereby ending the case. No two cases are exactly the […]

  • Drug Charges Dropped Against Millcreek Motorist

    Drug Charges Dropped Against Millcreek Motorist While stopped at a red light on Peach Street in Millcreek Township, Pennsylvania, an off-duty police officer noticed that the driver of the vehicle next to him had a marijuana bowl in his hand. According to the officer, the driver had the bowl “to his mouth and he was […]

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