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Frank Walker Law #FreeRide Program for 2018 Holiday Season

Enjoy the 2018 Holiday Season by taking advantage of the Frank Walker Law #FreeRide Program.

Back by popular demand is the Frank Walker Law Free Ride program for the 2018 Holiday Season!

The Holiday season is about family, friends and fun. Kids are visiting home from college, families are travelling to visit friends and loved ones. Don’t let a DUI arrest ruin your 2018 Holiday Plans.

Whether you are hitting the bar to celebrate the completion of finals, Christmas shopping or a glass of champagne to bring in the New Year, you enjoy to have a little break. Just don’t overdue it and make sure you are of age.

Officers will be out and about this holiday season looking to keep our streets safe. Officers will be in uniform and undercover making arrests and handing out citations for DUI, Underage Drinking, Underage DUI, Public Intoxication, Reckless Driving, Fake ID, Public Urination or Disorderly Conduct.

Also, in lieu of the new changes in the Pa DUI Laws, you don’t want to get arrested for a repeat DUI and end up facing a felony. Please don’t drink and drive. A DUI can cost you time, money, freedom and possibly your life. No matter how you cut it, a DUI is not worth it and is totally avoidable with today’s technology: Uber, Lyft, Ride Share, Taxi, etc. 

Drinking this Holiday Season? Plan ahead and make Frank Walker Law pick up the tab with the Free Ride program. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As an incentive for you to plan ahead, we once again bring out our FREE RIDE program similar to our previous events:  Labor Day weekend, St. Patrick’s Day,  Thanksgiving Holiday, and the previous Christmas/New Year Holiday Season. 

Simply Put: Have fun, but do so responsibly. If you’ve had too much to drink, call Cab, Uber, Lyft, send us the receipt and we’ll reimburse you for the ride!

Again, although the Free Ride program is an excellent way to avoid an accident, arrest or worse, it should not be construed as assisting, servicing or encouraging binge drinking or irresponsible behavior.

The message conveyed from the Free Ride Program is simple: Enjoy the Holiday weekend, but please Don’t Drink and DriveWe don’t want you calling our office from the jail during the new year over something that could have been avoided.

Frank Walker Law – I don’t want you to need me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So Happy Holidays! Enjoy your family and friends. Consider all that you have to be thankful for and let’s help each other keep the roads safe!

HOW THE FREE RIDE PROGRAM WORKS

  • Good for a one way ride to your home/place of abode for the evening or principal place of residence between 8:00am EST Tuesday, December 25 and 8:00am EST Tuesday, January 1, 2019
  • Must be 21 years of age or older to participate with a valid Driver’s License
  • FREE RIDE covers the following counties: PA – Allegheny, Washington, Butler, Beaver, Westmoreland, WV – Monongalia County with a maximum value of $30.00
  • Simply call an official and licensed Taxi Cab/VETaxi/Uber/Lyft, get a ride from one location to your home/place of abode for the evening or principal place of residence, pay the driver and send a copy of the bill with a Valid Id to Frank Walker Law at freeride@frankwalkerlaw.com or mailed to

Frank Walker Law

3000 N. Lewis Run Road

Clairton, Pennsylvania 15025 

For reimbursement by Paypal.

  • Reimbursement Good for One Person per ride and One Ride for the 2018 Holiday Season: December 25, 2018 – January 1, 2019. 

** Important ** Materials must be Received by 11:59am EST on January 2, 2019 for consideration of Reimbursement.

For more information or media inquiries on the program, call Frank Walker Law at 412-532-6805.

 

#FrankWalkerLaw FreeRide Program Returns for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday
Enjoy your family and friends this Thanksgiving Holiday

The Thanksgiving Holiday has arrived again! More eating, drinking, sleeping, laughing, watching games and reminiscing with old friends and family. 

It is true that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving Eve) is one of the busiest evenings of the year: People are shopping, networking, travelling and yes, drinking.

Just as you and your friends are meeting up to have a drink before the big day, officers are setting up DUI checkpoints and increasing patrols for the evening to keep our streets safe.

Grab a Bottle and Kick Back this Thanksgiving Holiday, But be Smart! – Frank Walker LawAgain, we don’t to spoil the mood, but you must plan ahead before you hit the town this Thanksgiving Weekend: Please don’t drink and Drive!

Officers will be EVERYWHERE this weekend on patrol looking for impaired drivers for DUI, Underage DUI or Reckless Driving. Also, citations can be issued to people on the street who seem to have “enjoyed” themselves a little too much after a few hours with friends. These lucky contestants may receive a citation  Underage Drinking, Fake ID, Disorderly Conduct, Public Urination or Public Intoxication.

But all of this can be avoided with just a little pre-planning: Schedule an UBER, a LYFT, call a cab, designate a driver prior to going out. Hydrate, consume food and pace yourself over the weekend. Don’t feel pressured into bar hopping simply because you have the day off on Thursday and maybe Friday.

As an incentive for you to plan ahead, we once again bring out our FREE RIDE program similar to our previous events:  Labor Day weekend, St. Patrick’s Day,  Thanksgiving Holiday, and the Christmas/New Year Holiday Season. 

Simply Put: Have fun, but do so responsibly. If you’ve had too much to drink, call Cab, Uber, Lyft, send us the receipt and we’ll reimburse you for the ride!

Again, although the Free Ride program is an excellent way to avoid an accident, arrest or worse, it should not be construed as assisting, servicing or encouraging binge drinking or irresponsible behavior.

The message conveyed from the Free Ride Program is simple: Enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend, but please Don’t Drink and Drive. We don’t want you calling our office from the jail over something that could have been avoided. 

So Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your family and friends. Consider all that you have to be thankful for and let’s help each other keep the roads safe!

HOW THE FREE RIDE PROGRAM WORKS

  • Good for a one way ride to your home/place of abode for the evening or principal place of residence between 8:00pm EST Wednesday, November 21 and 8:00am EST Sunday, November 25, 2018.
  • Must be 21 years of age or older to participate with a valid Driver’s License
  • FREE RIDE covers the following counties: PA – Allegheny, Washington, Butler, Beaver, Westmoreland, WV – Monongalia County with a maximum value of $25.00
  • Simply call an official and licensed Taxi Cab/VETaxi/Uber/Lyft, get a ride from one location to your home/place of abode for the evening or principal place of residence, pay the driver and send a copy of the bill with a Valid Id to Frank Walker Law at freeride@frankwalkerlaw.com or mailed to

Frank Walker Law

3000 N. Lewis Run Road

Clairton, Pennsylvania 15025 

For reimbursement by Paypal.

  • Reimbursement Good for One Person per ride and One Ride for the 2018 Thanksgiving Weekend: November 21, 2018 – November 25, 2018. 

** Important ** Materials must be Received by 11:59am EST on November 25, 2018 for consideration of Reimbursement.

For more information or media inquiries on the program, call Frank Walker Law at 412-532-6805.

About Frank Walker Law

Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer, and Personal Injury Attorney who has been recognized as a Super LawyerBest Attorneys in America and a Top AVVO Rated 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 412-532-680524 hours a day, 7 days a week for aggressive and experienced Criminal Defense or Representation in a Civil Case.

What is Drug Paraphernalia: A Laundry List #Pittsburgh #CriminalDefense

Pittsburgh Drug Paraphernalia Lawyer - Frank Walker Law
Pittsburgh Drug Paraphernalia Lawyer – Frank Walker Law

Pennsylvania law outlaws the possession of drug paraphernalia as an ungraded misdemeanor punishable with up to a year in jail and a $2500 maximum fine. Compare this with the charge for possession of a small amount of marijuana, which has a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $500 fine, and you’ll see our drug laws are in serious need of reform. Counter-intuitively, it is the paraphernalia charge which is the more serious charge.

        Many people don’t even know exactly what qualifies as “drug paraphernalia” and paraphernalia can include many things beyond just a simple bowl or pipe.  In Pennsylvania, drug paraphernalia is defined as any device, which is used or is intended to be used for the purpose of planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packing, repacking, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled substance.  The definition covers a lot of different products.  It can be something obvious like a pipe, bowl, bong, rolling papers or syringes. However, it covers a lot of other things as well including baggies and envelopes, razor blades, grinders, mirrors, scales, and straws.  In cases, with particularly zealous prosecutors, someone may find themselves with several paraphernalia charges for each and every object in their possession used in the drug use process. Even in some cases everyday items like apples or soda cans that have been modified to smoke marijuana have been held to be drug paraphernalia.

        What’s important in a drug paraphernalia case isn’t what the object is, but the intent surrounding its use.  Pipes used to smoke tobacco are perfectly legal. Those same pipes that are possessed with the intent to use them to smoke weed are not.  Some may believe that a pipe with no drug residue on it can not be paraphernalia. That is not the case. Coupled with other evidence that shows that the pipe was meant to be used to smoke marijuana, it may indeed be charged as paraphernalia.

        If you have been charged with the possession of drug paraphernalia, its important that you retain an attorney immediately to protect your interests and your professional future. Attorney Frank Walker can advise you on the potential outcomes associated with the case, and make sure your future remains bright beyond the resolution of these charges. 

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, Super Lawyers 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 following a serious accident or injury.

Picked Up for Delivery: Fighting the Possession With Intent to Deliver Drug Case

Pittsburgh Drug Lawyer - PWID - Frank Walker Law
Pittsburgh Drug Lawyer – PWID – Frank Walker Law

Possession With Intent to Deliver (PWID) charges are very common in cases involving drugs. While mere possession of a controlled substance is usually an ungraded misdemeanor, PWID cases are ungraded felonies, which is a big step up.  The key difference between the two and the focus at trial on PWID charges is the intent element.  Did the defendant intend to sell or transfer the drugs in question?

The determination of whether the intent to deliver is established is done on a totality of the circumstances test.  The court will direct the jury to consider all of the surrounding circumstances of the situation to determine whether the drugs were for sale or for transfer, or whether instead they were for personal use.  Factors which the courts have deemed relevant to establish intent to deliver are:  the presence of a large quantity of drugs, the presence of drug paraphernalia, the presence of large sums of cash, whether the drugs were divided up into separate distributable quantities, and the behavior of the defendant in the case.  In borderline cases where the quantity of drugs is debatable as to whether it is for personal use an expert may be called in to testify as to whether intent to deliver exists.

Unfortunately for those who use drugs in large quantities with no intent of selling or sharing those drugs, you may find yourself facing these felony PWID charges at the onset of your criminal case.  Whether it is charged that way as leverage by an overzealous prosecutor, or you just have a particularly outstanding appetite for drugs, you may find yourself charged with PWID in a case where you were only using the drugs yourself. The government and prosecutors may argue that no individual could intend to smoke an entire ounce of weed themselves, or go through dozens of bags of heroin in a day.  Unfortunately, a big swathe of the general population that may sit on a jury has little to no knowledge of how drugs work or how they are consumed. Many people still believe movies like Reefer Madness are based on truthful reality.

Most people think PWID charges are for the shady dealer pushing drugs on a street corner. However, in reality, many PWID charges come from much more common scenarios.  College is a common setting for PWID charges, as drugs are quite common on a college campus.  You may be using controlled substances at a party and be asked for some by someone who might seem just like you.  They might ask to split a quarter of weed with you or a few hits of ecstasy next time you buy. But shortly after you give them their share, you find yourself facing felony charges! Undercover cops and confidential informants can be quite young and look a lot like you.  A felony PWID charge can get your kicked out of college and shut a lot of doors in your professional future.

If you or a loved one has been charged with PWID, you need an experienced attorney to prepare your defense. Whether you have serious substance abuse issues, or are just a college kid who has just made a big mistake, its important that you have an experienced professional to fight for you. Attorney Frank Walker is just the attorney for you.  Attorney Walker has experience handling cases ranging from your average college student with small quantities as well as representing those found with significant quantities of heroin and other hard drugs. 

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, Super Lawyer 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 following a serious accident or injury.

Search Warrant Requirements for Pennsylvania Officers and Agents. #KnowYourRights

How to Attack a Search Warrant in Pennsylvania
How to Attack a Search Warrant in Pennsylvania

The Fourth amendment of the United States Constitution, and Article One, Section Eight of the Pennsylvania Constitution protects people who live in the Commonwealth from unreasonable search and seizure of their homes and belongings by the police.

In order for the police to be permitted to search your home or belongings, they must comply with certain constitutional requirements. A valid search warrant requires a description of the place to be searched and the items to be seized. The warrant must describe with specificity and particularity the location and type of items to be seized, whether those items are drugs, weapons, or other contraband. A valid warrant must be signed by the authority that issues it. It should also state the name and department, agency, or address of the affiant. It should identify the owner or occupant of the place to be searched, and describe the crime which has been or is being committed and the facts and circumstances forming the probable cause necessary to believe that the items identified are unlawful and subject to seizure. It should also state why these items are expected to be in the placed to be searched.

Timing of a search warrant matters. In Pennsylvania, a warrant may be authorized for a search during the daytime or the night time. For a warrant to be authorized to be performed during the hours of 10 PM to 6 AM, reasonable cause must be shown as to the necessity of a nighttime search. A night time search is deemed to be more intrusive into a person’s life, and an explanation of why a nighttime search is necessary is required to perform one. A search that commences in the daytime may spill over into the night if not finished, and a warrant authorized for a night time search may be performed during the day. However, if a daytime warrant is not executed until the night time, the items taken may be considered illegally seized, and the evidence potentially suppressed in a criminal prosecution against you.

A warrant that does not conform to all of the above mentioned requirements does not automatically require suppression of the evidence.  Instead, there is a determination to be made by the court at a suppression hearing about whether the admission of this evidence is a violation of your constitutional rights. A qualified attorney is essential to vindicate your constitutional rights! Frank Walker is an experienced criminal defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of the Pennsylvania and United States Constitution. Fight for your rights! Call Attorney Frank Walker today at 412-532-6805

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.

Allegheny County Most Wanted Suspect Arrested in #Pittsburgh

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Many residents are not even aware that the Allegheny County Sherriff’s Office has a most wanted fugitives list, and were surprised to learn that one of the suspects on that list was arrested in New Kensington recently.

The 24-year-old female suspect from Natrona Heights was arrested by sheriff’s deputies and taken into custody. She is being held at the Allegheny County Jail. The deputies had received an anonymous tip that the suspect would be in the area and had been searching the region for her.

The suspect was wanted on two separate warrants for parole violations. Her parole stems from prior convictions including theft by unlawful taking, burglary, criminal mischief, receiving stolen property, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested in July of 2013 after being caught burglarizing a home in Natrona Heights. The owners of the property entered the premises and found the suspect stealing their belongings including jewelry and valuable silver items.

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.

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Is a Text Message enough Proof for Guilt in #Pittsburgh #Homicide case?

In February of this year, in a house in Worth Township, a 21 year old woman was discovered by her mother after having died from an overdose of heroin mixed with fentanyl. Her death was not the only death in the area from this particular batch of heroin which was labeled ‘Theraflu’.

Paramedics advised the police that they had found drug paraphernalia at the scene, including a syringe and the bags the drugs came in. In addition, the coroner’s report confirmed that both heroin and fentanyl were found in her body.

After finding a text message from a man to her deceased daughter, in which he advised the woman that he had ‘Theraflu’ for her, the woman’s mother contacted the police. The man was arrested in connection with the overdose and is currently in Butler County Prison on a $100,000 bond.

Police are understandably very concerned about the deaths related to this very dangerous drug cocktail. But, in a case like this, it is important to remember that the alleged text message advising the woman that the man had ‘Theraflu’ for her is not the same as having provided the woman with the drug.  The officials first need to connect the message to the man’s phone, prove he is the one whom sent the message and proved that she in fact received the dangerous drugs from the man that caused her death.

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.