Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. Look at the “grade” of the crime police have charged.
    Under Pennsylvania Law, crimes and penalties are graded as either Felonies, Misdemeanors, or Summary level offenses. In Pennsylvania criminal law, if you are charged with a Felony it will be classified into one of three categories: Felony 1 (F1), Felony 2 (F2), Felony 3 (F3). Like wise, a Misdemeanor 1 (M1), Misdemeanor 2 (M2), and Misdemeanor 3 (M3), are the three types of Misdemeanor charge(s) you may be facing. There is also a separate category of Summary Offenses (S).
  2. How long could I go to jail or prison for?
    The maximum sentences for each crime category under Pennsylvania Criminal Laws are as follows:

    • Felony 1 – Up to 20 Years in Prison
    • Felony 2 – Up to 10 Years in Prison
    • Felony 3 – Up to 7 Years in Prison
    • Misdemeanor 1 – Up to 5 Years in Prison
    • Misdemeanor 2 – Up to 2 Years in Prison
    • Misdemeanor 3 – Up to 1 Year in Prison
    • Summary Offense – Up to 90 days in Jail

  3. I have been charged with a DUI, do I need an attorney?
    Pennsylvania DUI laws are stricter than ever. You need the help of an experienced former DUI prosecutor to help you try to avoid the extreme consequences of a drunk driving arrest. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, you may not know what to do first, particularly if this is your first experience with the Pennsylvania criminal justice system.

    The Law Office of Casey D. White will help you navigate Pennsylvania complex criminal justice system. Driving while under the influence of alcohol is a criminal offense. A conviction on DUI charges may result in fines, loss of employment, the revocation or suspension of your driver’s license, and possible jail time. Moreover, your insurance company may increase your rates to an insurmountable level and you may lose your ability to drive.

    Mr. White is familiar with all of the DUI laws, the types of tests that police use and their procedures. He can tell you if you have a legal challenge or if your rights have been violated. The extensive experience in this area is invaluable because as a prosecutor, Mr. White has dealt with hundreds of different situations involving motorists and DUI in Pennsylvania.

    You may wonder if there’s any point in fighting your case. Most people believe that their case is not worth fighting, however there are many hoops the Commonwealth must jump through in order to convict you of DUI. If you’re like many drivers arrested for DUI, you may worry that your blood or breath test that showed a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or greater (or traces of a controlled substance) means that a conviction is inevitable. The Law Office has successfully fought many drunk driving charges and helped their clients to avoid or minimize the substantial repercussions of a driving under the influence conviction. Mr. White will challenge your chemical test result and attempt to create reasonable doubt in your alleged guilt. DUI laws are extremely complex, and The Law Office of Casey D. White have the advanced scientific and legal knowledge you need to aggressively fight your drunk driving charge.

    If you or someone you care about has been charged with any type of drinking and driving crime in Allegheny or a surrounding county, you need the help of a Pennsylvania DUI lawyer that has seen every type DUI defense. He knows what works in the courtroom.

  4. How can I get my record cleared?
    Once a person is arrested, a criminal record is created and many people do not realize that even when a person is acquitted, the record of the arrest is not automatically removed. Many people also incorrectly assume that a juvenile record will automatically be removed when a person turns 18 years of age. In Pennsylvania, the only way a criminal record can be cleaned is through expungement or by a pardon. Mr. White has the legal background and know-how to keep a person public record clean.
  1. Get the appropriate medical attention: If you’re injured, the first and most important thing to do is always seek appropriate medical attention. It is important that you clearly convey all of your personal injuries to your doctor or emergency services, and explain exactly how the personal injury occurred. However, BE AWARE of insurance companies trying to avoid paying personal injury claims. Besides your friends and family who will call after having learned about your injuries, the insurance company will be contacting you immediately as well.
  2. Document everything – photograph your injuries and keep documentation of:
    • Medical appointments and treatment as well as the medication(s) medical personnel prescribe. Keep all prescription records.
    • Information regarding your therapy sessions as well as the physical and/or emotional limitations that have been bestowed upon you because of another person’s negligence.
    • Pay stubs, W2’s or other indications of lost work time and lost compensation.
    • Receipts of expenses incurred as a result of injuries and/or the limitations caused by your injuries at the hands of someone else.
      Document conversations and advice/information received from doctors and other medical professionals.
    • Information received from your own or the other party’s insurance company.
    • This list is not exhaustive! The rule is to always err on the side of documentation and most importantly always follow the advice of your medical doctor

  3. Call Casey White