Thursday, May 26, 2016


If you are being prosecuted for any crime, including crimes such as Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) or Possession with the Intent to Deliver (PWID) Narcotics, you as the Defendant have many critical decisions to make.  The first decision you must make is which lawyer to hire.  When making this decision, be certain not to confuse a lawyer who is a good marketer/advertiser with a lawyer who actually knows his profession and performs his job well.

 One aspect of being a good criminal defense lawyer and performing that job well is knowing the tendencies of the Judge to which your case is assigned.  This is significant for purposes of informing the Client of what to expect in the worst case scenario.  For example, for a DUI conviction, certain Judges will not permit Home Electronic Monitoring or “House Arrest” for a third (3rd) DUI conviction.  Also, for a Narcotics conviction, certain Judges will sentence an older person more harshly than a younger person because an older person should make better decisions.  Retaining a lawyer who is familiar with these tendencies helps the lawyer to advise the Client to make better decisions.  

To discuss this topic further, you are invited to contact Attorney Joseph Paletta to schedule an office consultation.  E-mail  or call 412.391.7999.
Joseph Paletta, Esq.