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Commonwealth v. Smith

In Commonwealth v. Smith, the Superior Court held that a police officer had probable cause to stop the defendant after the officer observed him traveling approximately 70 mph on a highway with a speed limit of 55 mph.

Commonwealth v. Smith
Pennsylvania Superior Court

In Commonwealth v. Smith, the Superior Court held that a police officer had probable cause to stop the defendant after the officer observed him traveling approximately 70 mph on a highway with a speed limit of 55 mph.

Commonwealth v. Jones-Williams
Pennsylvania Superior Court

The Superior Court vacated the defendant’s convictions for homicide by vehicle, DUI, and related charges. Citing Birchfield, the Court ruled that the police unlawfully obtained the defendant’s blood test results from the hospital when the authorities did so without a warrant.

Commonwealth v. Hajdarevic
Pennsylvania Superior Court

In Commonwealth v. Hajdarevic, the Superior Court held that the Confrontation Clause applies to evidence presented by the Commonwealth to establish the time of a blood draw in a DUI case because, under Section 3802 of the Motor Vehicles Code, the Commonwealth is required to prove that the defendant’s blood alcohol content within two hours… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Hajdarevic

Commonwealth v. Wolfel
Pennsylvania Supreme Court

In Commonwealth v. Wolfel, which was an interlocutory appeal, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed the Superior Court and ruled, by failing to challenge the suppression court’s explicit invocation of that provision before the Superior Court, the Commonwealth waived its challenge to the defendant’s failure to raise a claim under Article I, Section 8.

Commonwealth v. Glenn
Pennsylvania Superior Court

After a bench trial, the defendant was convicted of driving under the influence of metabolites of a controlled substance (DUI-metabolite). He appealed and argued the DUI statute should be read so as to not criminalize driving with the metabolite of a medically prescribed controlled substance since the legislature did not criminalize driving under the influence of the… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Glenn

Commonwealth v. Pammer
Pennsylvania Superior Court

In Commonwealth v. Pammer, the Superior Court dismissed a DUI prosecution because the Commonwealth failed to comply with the compulsory joinder rule found in 18 Pa.C.S. § 110. The defendant had been charged with traffic offenses stemming from the same incident as the DWI charge and pled to summonses for those traffic offenses before a magisterial… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Pammer

Commonwealth v. Chichkin
Pennsylvania Superior Court

In these two appeals, the Superior Court considered the constitutionality of the provision of the mandatory minimum sentencing statute for driving under the influence (DUI), which treated a prior acceptance of accelerated rehabilitative disposition (ARD) in a DUI case as a prior conviction for sentencing enhancement purposes. The Court held that the defendants were not afforded their… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Chichkin