Preliminary hearing waived in Delaware County, cash bail required

A 22-year-old Delaware County man waived his right to a preliminary hearing last week in association with drunk driving charges from a Thanksgiving arrest when he drove his vehicle into a garage.

Against promises that he always shows up to court, the judge set bail at $10,000 cash, and would not accept the usual 10 percent normally required for bail. The judge said the purpose of bail is not solely to ensure that defendants appear in court, but to also protect the community. The man was already out on bail for an earlier 2011 drunk driving incident in Chester County and the judge said he was interested in stopping the defendant's pattern of improprieties.

Unrelated to the two DUI arrests in 2011, the man was also charged with receiving stolen property, theft from a motor vehicle, open lewdness, criminal mischief and disorder conduct. In 2006, he served two years in a residential treatment program after the accidental shooting death of his best friend. His father was deported to Ireland after the shooting death investigation unveiled a federal firearms conviction and a sister is also serving at least five years in prison for causing a car crash and killing one person in 2008.

It is noted that this family has retained the services of one attorney throughout their family's ordeal with the court system. It's important to work with an attorney who understands your family history, any extenuating circumstances, frame of mind, and work and rehabilitation history. Second, third and subsequent DUI charges require increased sentencing requirements that can be mitigated.

Source: philly.com, "Scion of troubled family back in court on DUI charge," Kathleen Brady Shea, March 8, 2012

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