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Misdemeanor / Felony Crimes

July 7, 2008

PHILADELPHIA JUDGE RULES DEFENDANT NOT IN VIOLATION OF IMPLIED CONSENT, OVERTURNS LICENSE SUSPENSION

All licensed drivers in Pennsylvania are subject to the state’s Implied Consent law, which states: “Any person who drives, operates, or is in actual physical control of the movement of a motor vehicle in this Commonwealth shall be deemed to have given consent to one or more chemical tests of breath, blood, or urine for the purpose of determining the alcoholic content of blood or the presence of a controlled substance if a police officer has reasonable grounds to believe the person to have been driving, operating, or in actual physical control of the movement of a motor...

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June 25, 2008

FORMER PHILADELPHIA EAGLE JEVON KEARSE VIOLATES IMPLIED CONSENT LAW

Jevon Kearse, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles and now a member of the Tennessee Titans, was arrested over the weekend on the campus of Vanderbilt University, charged with Driving Under the Influence and Violating Tennessee’s Implied Consent Law. Kearse was stopped by campus police when an officer observed his vehicle swerving and traveling in excess of the 30 mile per hour speed limit on campus. According to the police report, the officer detected that Kearse had red, watery eyes, was slurring his speech, and that his breath smelled of alcohol. The NFL star submitted to a field...

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June 23, 2008

PHILADELPHIA AREA THEFTS TIED TO NATIONWIDE VICTORIA’S SECRET “PANTY-RAID”

Pennsylvania State Police arrested four men this past weekend, accused of running an interstate theft ring which stole between $600,000 and $1,000,000 from nationwide Victoria’s Secret retail stores. Three men were arrested in Media, PA, outside of the Granite Run Mall when police were notified of a theft reported by Victoria’s Secret employees. Police, who had responded the previous week to reports of theft from the same store, had a description of the vehicle driven by the suspects and were able to stop the men before they could leave the parking lot. Troopers conducted a search of...

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June 20, 2008

DRUNK DRIVER SENTENCED TO 56 YEARS IN PRISON

A West Virginia circuit court judge recently sentenced a habitual drunk driver to up to 56-years in prison. Brian Stone was convicted on 14 misdemeanor counts and 12 felony counts of drunk driving and related offenses, and was sentenced to 14-years in a regional jail, to be followed by 27-56 years in a state penitentiary. He was also fined $64,000. Mr. Stone’s involvement in an accident, July 2007, killed five people and seriously injured seven. Stone had seven previous DUI convictions and nine DUI related arrests...

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June 13, 2008

FOOTBALL PLAYER ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH FELONY FRAUD

A West Virginia University football player was arrested last week after he allegedly charged over $1,000 on credit and debit cards which were not his. Charles Pugh, a safety for the Mountaineers, will face felony charges for fraudulent schemes. Pugh allegedly found car keys in the school’s student union, used the panic button to locate the associated vehicle in a parking garage, and then illegally entered the vehicle from which he removed both a credit and debit card. Police Chief, Bob Roberts, explained that Pugh would be charged with a felony because the amount of unauthorized charges...

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