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Be Prepared From the Start: The Basics of Preliminary Hearings

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The preliminary hearing is one of the first, most important steps in any new criminal case. If you or a loved one has been accused of a criminal offense you may be wondering what the role of the preliminary hearing is in the proceedings. You may be wondering what the potential outcomes of a preliminary hearing are, and you may have questions as to your rights and obligations in regards to the hearing.

At a preliminary hearing, the Commonwealth has the burden to show that they have what is called a prima facie case relating the charges alleged. Prima Facie is latin for “at first sight.” Generally speaking, the Commonwealth must present evidence and testimony that, if taken as true, would arise to a violation of the criminal code. The burden of proof is lower at a preliminary hearing, as hearsay is admissible as evidence. Also, the preliminary hearing is not the time for challenges based on the credibility of witnesses. Instead, the only assessment is whether, if what the Commonwealth is presenting is taken at face value, that those allegations would meet the elements of the crimes charged.

A majority of cases that reach a preliminary hearing are bound over for court. The preliminary hearing is not a trial. It is merely the beginning of your criminal case. In some cases the goal of the preliminary hearing is to have the charges dismissed based upon a finding of a lack of a prima facie case. However, a preliminary hearing serves other functions important to the defense. It is often the first opportunity to hear what the Commonwealth is offering as evidence against you. This is the first step to begin building a proper defense, figuring out who the witnesses will be and what potential evidence is out there ahead of discovery. Also witnesses for the Commonwealth will have testimony on the record that can be used against them at a potential suppression hearing or at trial.

In some cases, it may be a good idea to waive the preliminary hearing. Though a preliminary hearing is important in many cases, often times waiving a preliminary hearing can have benefits as well. An attorney may at times negotiate a reduction in bail or potential recommendations for programs such as ARD in which the waiver of the preliminary hearing is used as a bargaining chip.

If you or a loved one has an upcoming preliminary hearing, now is the time to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney. The preliminary hearing is the first of many strategic moves for defense counsel to handle that will begin to shape your entire case. Attorney Frank Walker has defended hundreds of criminal cases in Allegheny County and the surrounding areas and can aid you in building the best legal defense possible. Call the offices of Frank Walker Law at (412) 315-7441 to set up a consultation today!

Don’t Ruin Your Holiday Weekend with a #DUI Arrest! #HappyEaster

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The law firm of Frank Walker Law would like to wish you and yours a Happy Easter and Holiday weekend! While you celebrate this weekend, please celebrate responsibly and think about your actions: Please don’t drink and drive!

This weekend, millions of drivers will hit the roads and drive home to be with their family and loved ones this holiday season.  Additionally, many college students will enjoy their last days with their family  and friends prior to returning to classes on Monday morning. As such, local and state police will police the heavily traveled roads and highways in an effort identify unsafe drivers and remove them from the road to keep everyone safe.

If you are travelling this weekend, please plan your trip accordingly prior to leaving the house. Designate a safe and sober driver to take the keys in the event you are unable to drive. If you are unable to designate a driver prior to leaving the house, please consider contacting one of the following agencies to safely transport you home.

Thank you for keeping our roadways safe and Happy Easter!

Yellow Cab, Morgantown, WV – (304) 292-7441

Yellow Cab, Pittsburgh, Pa – (412) 321-8100

JB Taxi Service – Beaver County, Pa – 724-658-1444

C & H Taxi – Charleston, WV (304) 344-4902

Greensburg, Pa – Yellow Cab – (724) 838-0700

@DubVSafeRide – Morgantown WV – – 304-777-9996

Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Personal Injury Attorney with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia. Attorney Walker is also a member of the National College for DUI Defense and qualified as a Pennsylvania Death Penalty Defense Attorney.

If you or someone you love are facing criminal charges or seriously injured in an accident in WV or PA, contact Attorney Frank Walker immediately at 412-532-6805 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for aggressive and experienced Criminal Defense or Representation in a Civil Case.

Criminal Defense and Injury Attorney Stands Tall in #Morgantown, West Virginia. #WVU

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If visitors and residents in Morgantown were not familiar with Attorney Frank Walker before today, the unfamiliarity will soon fade.

Morgantown Criminal Defense and Injury Attorney, Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law, has recently brokered an agreement to advertise on the large billboard in Morgantown, West Virginia right off the Star City exit.

According to Walker, the deal was a no brainer, “I drive past that billboard every time I come to my Morgantown office for Court. The board had been sitting empty for so long, it just made sense to place my ad in front of the thousands of other people passing the exact same billboard. The location is highly visible and one of the first and last advertisements people see when they enter or leave Morgantown for a business or pleasure.”

The Billboard advertisement is also visible to visiting teams and universities that fly into Pittsburgh Airport and drive into Morgantown to battle the WVU Mountaineers.

An alumnus of WVU Law, Walker has received tons of texts and emails from old professors and law school friends once the billboard was installed. Attorney Walker’s response to all the messages is simple, “It’s great to hear from old friends and seeing the billboard get captured and shared across social media, but just don’t text and drive!


Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law
 is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Personal Injury Attorney with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia. Attorney Walker is also a member of the National College for DUI Defense and qualified as a Pennsylvania Death Penalty Defense Attorney.

If you or someone you love are facing criminal charges or seriously injured in an accident in WV or PA, contact Attorney Frank Walker immediately at 304.413.0179, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for aggressive and experienced Criminal Defense or Representation in a Civil Case.

Frank Walker Law Announces Sponsorship Agreement with DUB-V Safe Ride

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Morgantown Criminal Defense and DUI Lawyer Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is pleased to announce a sponsorship agreement with Morgantown Designated Driver ServiceDUB V Safe Ride. The unique agreement partners a Morgantown DUI Attorney with a service aimed at preventing DUI’s by providing safe and responsive transportation service in the Morgantown area.

“Morgantown is legendary for its party scene and nightlife”, says Walker, “I wanted to align my firm with a service that helps students and mountaineers get homes safely, without injury or DUI charges so that they are not calling my office in the morning as a result of a DUI charge, or other alcohol related incident. DUB-V seems uniquely positioned to assist with keeping down these DUI incidents and I’m excited to join as a sponsor.”

For more information about the DubV safe ride service, please visit http://www.dubvsaferide.com/ to learn more about the company or download the mobile app.


Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law
 is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Personal Injury Attorney with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia. Attorney Walker is also a member of the National College for DUI Defense and qualified as a Pennsylvania Death Penalty Defense Attorney.

If you or someone you love are facing criminal charges or seriously injured in an accident in WV or PA, contact Attorney Frank Walker immediately at 412-532-6805, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for aggressive and experienced Criminal Defense or Representation in a Civil Case.

New Website Alert! Frank Walker Law launches WashingtonPaCriminalAttorney.com

 

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Pittsburgh Criminal Defense Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law announces the launching of a new website focusing on Criminal Defense in Washington County Pennsylvania.

The website, http://www.WashingtonPaCriminalAttorney.com will appeal to clients looking for a criminal defense attorney with experience defending summary, misdemeanor and felony cases in Washington County. While on the site, users have the opportunity to send a direct and confidential email regarding their case or contact Attorney Walker directly from their mobile phone with a “click to call” function. Additionally, potential clients can consult with Attorney Walker on cases where the government may opt to seek the death penalty in select homicide cases as Attorney Walker is certified Capital Counsel by the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Personal Injury Attorney with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia. Attorney Walker is also a member of the National College for DUI Defense and qualified as a Pennsylvania Death Penalty Defense Attorney.

If you or someone you love are facing criminal charges or seriously injured in an accident in WV or PA, contact Attorney Frank Walker immediately at 412-532-6805, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for aggressive and experienced Criminal Defense or Representation in a Civil Case.

 

#Pittsburgh Attorney Frank Walker Selected as Top 50 Man of Excellence

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Pittsburgh Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law was recently chosen as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s Top 50 Men of Excellence for 2014.  Attorney Walker was selected for his work in the area of Law and his commitment to community service in the Pittsburgh Community.

Attorney Walker is a graduate of West Virginia State University, Marshall University, West Virginia University and is the owner of Frank Walker Law where he represents Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Clients.  Attorney Walker is licensed to practice law in all Federal and State Courts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

With offices in downtown Pittsburgh and Morgantown, West Virginia, Attorney Walker is frequently the attorney of choice for criminal defense matters and serious personal injury matters in Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia.  Additionally, Attorney Walker is often asked to sit on various Continuing Legal Education Panels for discussion on recent updates in the law.

Attorney Walker was honored at an awards ceremony sponsored by the New Pittsburgh Courier and held at the Fairmont Hotel on July 24, 2014.

Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Personal Injury Attorney with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia.

If you or someone you love are facing criminal charges or seriously injured in an accident, contact Attorney Frank Walker immediately at 412-315-744124 hours a day, 7 days a week for aggressive and experienced Criminal Defense or Representation in a Civil Case.

Stark Warnings for #JasonAldean #Pittsbugh Concert Attendees

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In June of 2014, more than 50,000 people packed Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, to see Country Star Luke Bryant in Concert.  Many lauded the event as the kick-off to Summer of 2014 and it seems a good time was had by all attendees.

However, Pittsburgh Police stayed busy before, during and after the concert issuing 37 non-traffic citations for scalping, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.  In addition, seven arrests were made for disturbances ranging from physical fights to mere shouting matches.

However, most disturbing to Pittsburgh officials was the aftermath of the concert: Trash in the Parking Lot from thousands of pre-concert tailgaters.  With Country star Jason Aldean poised to take the stage at PNC Park, Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Officials are planning ahead to prevent a repeat cleanup from the Luke Bryan Concert.

Here are some rules to keep in mind if you plan on attending the concert this weekend: 

1. Parking Lots will open at 2pm not 11am – No waiting/street lining will be allowed. City Ordinances will be enforced in neighboring towns

2. All Vehicles in designated lots will be given trash and recycling bags

3. More than 200 Port-o-Johns will be available

4. No tailgating will be allowed once the first act takes the stage

5. Anyone without a ticket to the show will be asked to vacated the parking lots

6. Outbound Lanes of Liberty Tunnel will be closed through Monday

7. Inbound lanes of Liberty Tunnel will be closed from 8pm to 6am through August 8th.

8. Single Lane overnight Closures for inbound & outbound lanes of Squirrel Hill Tunnel from 10pm to 10am Friday and Saturday Night.

Best Advice for the Concert: Enjoy yourself responsibly, designate a safe driver and be mindful of all lane and road closures before you head into town.

Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Personal Injury Attorney with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia.

If you or someone you love are facing criminal charges or seriously injured in an accident, contact Attorney Frank Walker immediately at 412-315-744124 hours a day, 7 days a week for aggressive and experienced Criminal Defense or Representation in a Civil Case.

55th Annual #Pittsburgh #ArtsFestival Opens Tomorrow. View and Download Event Schedule

A sure sign that Summer is on its way to Pittsburgh is the opening day of the Three Rivers Arts Festival at Point State Park and throughout downtown Pittsburgh.

Artists from around the world will flock to Pittsburgh to show their masterpiece work or sell a few items to the Festival Faithful.  The Festival will also include many food vendors, music, theater, poetry and much more.

The festival is said to draw more than 400,000 visitors to the Pittsburgh area to view the sites, purchase artwork or just to enjoy the scenery of beautiful downtown Pittsburgh from the vantage point of the Point.

Here are some helpful links to help you navigate the 55th Annual Three Rivers Pittsburgh Arts Festival:

About the Arts Festival

Artist List

Event List

Event Schedule 

Environmental Responsibility 

Festival Map

Vendors (Food & More)

Whether you are visiting the Arts Festival after work or making the Festival a family weekend outing, please have fun and enjoy yourself throughout the event.

Security and Police Officers will have an increased presence at the festival and all around downtown to assist with crowd control, traffic and to ensure a stress free and safe festival. Officers will also be on the lookout for minors using fake ids, underage drinking and DUI offenders.

Additionally, officers will immediately identify offenders with open containers or those whom are visibly intoxicated in public.

Let’s help make the Festival a safe and family friendly event by enjoying ourselves responsibly.

Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Personal Injury Attorney with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia.

Superintendent of Local School District Gets Probation after DUI

The superintendent of local school district has agreed to enter into a rehabilitation program after being charged with drunken driving in February.

The superintendent for the Trinity Area School District was admitted into an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program , which is meant to help first time DUI offenders get back on the right track. The superintendent was pulled over by Ohio Township police on February 2, as a result of having crossed the centerline on Mount Nebo Road. After a sobriety test, the man was charged with driving under the influence, and released to his friend, who drove him home. According to police the man’s toxicology test showed that he had been driving with a blood alcohol content which was twice the legal limit.

After completing the ARD program the man must serve one year’s probation, and then will be eligible to have his record expunged. As a result of his arrest he was suspended from his job position with pay.

Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Personal Injury Attorney with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia.

If you or someone you love are facing criminal charges or seriously injured in an accident, contact Attorney Frank Walker immediately at 412-315-744124 hours a day, 7 days a week for aggressive and experienced Criminal Defense or Representation in a Civil Case.

Share and Save for a Safe #MemorialDay Weekend! #Pittsburgh #Morgantown

Winter is over and another Memorial Day Weekend is upon us!

While you enjoy time with your family, watch the parades, fireworks, take a swim or just relax while enjoying a ballgame, please take a moment to remember the many Men and Women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Please enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend, but do so responsibly: Please Don’t Drink and Drive or Text and Drive!

Many trained officers and law enforcement officials will be out and about searching for signs of impairment or other unlawful activities and will not hesitate to arrest you for a DUI, Public Intoxication, Underage DrinkingFake ID, Public Urination, Disorderly Conduct or other Traffic Offenses.

Before you leave the house or hit the road to meet friends at a bar, please take a moment to designate a driver for a SAFE evening.  Also, please SAVE these Taxi Service numbers into your cellphone before you start the festivities:

Yellow Cab, Morgantown, WV – (304) 292-7441

Yellow Cab, Pittsburgh, Pa – (412) 321-8100

JB Taxi Service – Beaver County, Pa – 724-658-1444

C & H Taxi – Charleston, WV (304) 344-4902

Greensburg, Pa – Yellow Cab – (724) 838-0700

@DubVSafeRide  – Morgantown WV – – 304-777-9996

If you plan to remain home this weekend to relax and this message really isn’t for you, please SHARE with your contacts or repost with your network so that others will have the information before hitting the town this weekend.