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MMDC is excited to welcome our newest attorney, Dimitri L. Karapelou!

October 13, 2023

Dimitri L. Karapelou is Of-Counsel at the Firm.  Dimitri brings to Musi, Merkins, Daubenberger & Clark a 28-year background representing debtors, creditors, trustees and other interested parties in bankruptcy, business transactions and commercial disputes. His range of experience offers a balanced perspective to any matter.  Some of Dimitri’s work has included the following engagements: Dimitri’s private practice experience is complimented by his qualifications as a Certified Fraud Examiner, Panel Arbitrator for FINRA , and Panel Arbitrator for Delaware County Court of Common Pleas.  Dimitri is noted by his peers and clients as a top lawyer by his AV Rating with Martindale-Hubble and testimonials of commendable service. As a solo lawyer, Dimitri had the unique distinction of being featured in a Law360 article  for his accomplishment as a trial lawyer and authored an article about the life of a solo published in Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine.  He routinely presents as a course speaker/author at legal seminars attended by lawyers, judges, and bankruptcy/industry professionals. Dimitri loves all that is Delaware County and could not be happier to call Media his home, along with his wife and two kids.

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DUI and the Right to Refuse Blood Testing for BAC

August 3, 2023

You’ve been pulled over by the police, and you know that you were drinking earlier in the day. You waited several hours to drive, and you think you should be below the legal limit, but what if you are not? What are you rights if the police ask you to conduct a field sobriety test, or give blood to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC)? In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, you have every right to refuse a field sobriety test and to refuse to submit to blood alcohol testing. However, the result of these refusals can have very serious consequences. Below is what you can expect, should you refuse to consent to one or both. What is a Field Sobriety Test? We have all seen videos, movies, and depictions of a roadside field sobriety test. You can expect to be asked to walk a straight line, to follow an officer’s pen as he moves it across your field of vision, and to stand on one leg. The official names are “horizontalgaze nystagmus test, the walk and turn test, and the one leg stand test.” These tests are done by police officers when it is suspected that you are under the…

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Superior Court of Pennsylvania Overrules Commonwealth v. Chichkin

July 6, 2023

A recent Pennsylvania Superior Court decision overruled the prior precedent of Commonwealth v. Chichkin regarding DUI sentencing. This ruling will change the meaning of a prior ARD acceptance as it relates to DUI sentencing, impacting future DUI cases greatly. The Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program provides first-time offenders with the possibility of having their charges dismissed and expunged upon completion of the program. When a defendant participates in ARD, they are not pleading guilty to the criminal charges but agreeing to accept alternate supervision from the court. The idea is to find good candidates for rehabilitation and treatment in order to speed up the process rather than have the case go through the criminal justice system and unnecessarily spend state resources. The details and precise requirements of the program vary for each individual but typically includes a period of supervision by the probation department, completion of counseling classes and programs, payment of program costs and fees, and community service. Failure to comply with the requirements of ARD is likely to result in the original charge resuming and the individual being prosecuted by the Commonwealth. Under 75 Pa. C.S. § 3806, ARD acceptance in a DUI case counts as a prior…

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MMDC is excited to welcome our newest attorney, Robyn E. Musi!

May 1, 2023

Robyn is a skilled attorney with extensive experience in Family Law. Robyn specializes in pre-nuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements, divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, child custody, and support.  In recent years, Robyn has focused her family practice on negotiation and settlement helping many clients amicably resolve their matters out of the courtroom.  She specializes in all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) – mediation, arbitration and collaborative law.  Prior to joining MMDC, Robyn worked at the law firm of Raffaele and Puppio as a family law associate and was Partner of Civil Solutions, a practice offering ARD services. Robyn is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and Delaware County Bar Association. She is also a certified family law mediator, a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, and the Pennsylvania Council for Mediators.  Robyn has served as an arbitrator for the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County.  She is also a collaboratively trained attorney and member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.  Robyn has been named a Super Lawyer Rising Star each year since 2017 and was named by the Delaware County Times as…

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Congratulations Tom, Rich, Luke and Lindsay! Voted Top Lawyers of Delaware County 2023

March 29, 2023

Musi, Merkins, Daubenberger & Clark, LLP, is eager to announce that four of our hard-working attorneys have been voted 2023 “Top Lawyers” of Delaware County. Congratulations to Thomas A. Musi, Jr., Richard C. Daubenberger, Lucas A. Clark, IV, and Lindsay J. Killian. “Top Lawyers” allows attorneys in the area of Delaware County to be recognized by their peers for their outstanding performance and accomplishments in the legal community. It is one of the most respected peer review publications that invites previously acclaimed lawyers to vote for those attorneys who they believe have gone above and beyond to serve their clients within the same specialty and locale as them. The ballots are distinctively created each year based on a series of internal data points to gauge the previously recognized attorneys’ opinions on who they feel deserves recognition in the upcoming edition of “Top Lawyers.” Because of his vast courtroom experience and long-standing history of practicing the law, Thomas A. Musi, Jr., has been recognized as 2023 “Top Lawyer” in Commercial Litigation, Real Estate and Zoning & Land Use. Mr. Musi has long been involved in both minor and complex litigation all while maintaining long-term, strong connections with his clientele. Mr. Musi…

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