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Labor Day Weekend DUI Crackdown

September 1, 2015

Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Transportation Leslie S. Richards announced that, “even though the number of people killed in drug- and alcohol-related crashes decreased [in 2014, PennDOT] and law enforcement will not reduce our efforts to make Pennsylvania roads safer.  Enforcement and education efforts occur year round, but will be especially focused through the upcoming holiday travel period.”  Combating impaired driving is one of the Department of Transportation’s most important functions. Statewide, drug- and alcohol-related crash fatalities decreased from 512 in 2013 to 485 in 2014.  Last year, there were 144 alcohol-related crashes which resulted in 16 fatalities over the Labor Day weekend in Pennsylvania.  PennDOT maintains data for the past ten years of traffic fatalities on its website. Pennsylvania State Police and local police departments across the state will add their efforts in enforcing the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative through the Labor Day holiday weekend.  Many of Pennsylvania’s County DUI Task Forces, the Pennsylvania State Police and local law enforcement will conduct checkpoints and roving patrols as part of this weekend’s DUI crackdown.  Funding comes from part of PennDOT’s statewide distribution of $4.6 million in federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Pennsylvania’s per se…

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Partner William Malone, Jr. prevails in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

July 22, 2015

In the recent decision of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in the case of School District of Philadelphia v. WCAB (Hilton), No. 34 EAP 2014 (Pa. 2015), MM&D Partner and Worker’s Compensation attorney William E. Malone, Jr. successfully argued the issue of whether an Employer has a duty to issue a notice of ability to return to work under Section 306(b) of the Workers’ Compensation Act, where an injured employee had not yet received workers’ compensation benefits at the time alternative employment was offered to her.  The brief answer, explained below, is that an Employer is not required to issue a Notice of Ability to Return to Work to an employee when offering alternative employment before accepting an injury as compensable or the worker has proven an entitlement to benefits. The injured worker left her job in May 2009 due to a stressful work environment.  Employer issued a notice, denying her claim for benefits, and offered Claimant alternative employment. Claimant did not report to work when school began in September 2009, claiming that she was still unable to return to teaching because of ongoing treatment for her stress-related maladies. In October 2009, Claimant filed a claim petition alleging total disability.…

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Sobriety Checkpoint this weekend in Nether Providence, Delaware County.

June 5, 2015

This Friday, June 5, through Sunday, June 7, the Nether Providence Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint between the hours of 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.  The checkpoint aims to detect impaired drivers before an accident occurs. Be mindful of this as you are out this weekend driving through Nether Providence, Delaware County, PA.  Be safe:  don’t drink and drive. If you find yourself charged with DUI in Delaware County you will need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.  Contact MM&D for a free consultation.

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Jury Verdict: Not Guilty of Burglary, Aggravated Assault

May 7, 2015

After a jury trial in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas last week, MM&D successfully represented a client in getting a ‘Not Guilty‘ verdict on all felony charges.  MM&D’s attorney was able to convince the jury that his client did not enter the alleged victim’s apartment with the intent to commit any crime which led to an acquittal on the felony Burglary charge.  Additionally, despite testimony by the complainant that he was struck on the head with a firearm several times during the course of a physical altercation, the jury acquitted the client of the felony charge of Aggravated Assault. The client and his fiancée are very pleased with the outcome of the trial and with MM&D’s diligent and zealous representation in the criminal courts.

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Lucas Clark Commences Term as Chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Delaware County Bar Association

January 16, 2015

MM&D Associate and Family Law Attorney Lucas A. Clark, VI has risen up through the ranks of the Family Law Section of the Delaware County Bar Association from Chairperson of the Committee on Support Matters to Secretary to Chair-Elect and now Chairperson of the entire Family Law Section. On January 7, 2015 Luke ran his first meeting as Chairperson and will continue to do so throughout the year. As Chairperson, Luke is responsible for running the monthly meetings, coordinating social and continuing legal education events, and taking the lead on addressing issues facing the Section. Luke will be helping to run a CLE with the President Judge scheduled later this month on the status of the Family Law Section. Additionally, Luke will help host the Section’s annual Spring, Summer, and Winter events as well as set up the Section’s next two continuing legal education seminars. Lastly, Luke will be working with the Young Lawyers’ Section to continue co-sponsoring events such as the March Madness event in mid-March. Luke is always happy to discuss any questions or concerns with regard to the Family Law Section and the practice of Family Law.

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