Commonwealth v. W.H. (York Co. 2010)
W.H. was charged with a total of three (3) criminal offenses – including a felony – related to the alleged sexual abuse of a teen girl. W.H. was facing years in State Prison, not to mention collateral consequences such as Megan’s Law Registration. After a hard fought trial, the jury clearly saw that these allegations were completely fabricated and returned Not Guilty verdicts on all counts.
Commonwealth v. K.G. (Cumberland Co. 2011)
K.G. was charged with offenses related to an allegation of road rage involving a firearm. During trial, Attorney Hoover exposed serious inconsistencies between the testimony from each of the two individuals who reported the alleged incident, leading the jury to acquit K.G. on all counts.
Commonwealth v. C.H. (Lebanon Co. 2010)
C.H. was involved in a motor vehicle accident with C.H.’s three (3) young daughters in the vehicle. While being questioned by the responding PSP Trooper, C.H. admitted to having consumed marijuana many hours before the accident. As a result, C.H. was arrested and charged with DUI, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. At the conclusion of the trial, C.H. was acquitted of the Endangering the Welfare of a Child charges, as the jury clearly understood the deficiencies regarding the Commonwealth’s allegation of impairment without further proof. On appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court, the appellate court went a step further by vacating C.H.’s convictions as to Recklessly Endangering Another Person as well. In the end, C.H. was simply sentenced on a first offense DUI, a great result considering the initial charges C.H. was facing.
Commonwealth v. D.C. (York Co. 2018)
D.C. was charged with a second offense DUI after a motor vehicle stop late one night in York Co. While at the preliminary hearing, Attorney Hoover carefully questioned the arresting officer regarding his reason for stopping D.C.’s vehicle. Upon receiving the dash-cam footage from the officer’s patrol vehicle it became clear that the alleged motor vehicle code violations that lead to the stop of D.C.’s vehicle may not have been so clear. As such, Attorney Hoover filed a motion challenging the validity of the stop and requesting the Court suppress the evidence garnered as a result of this illegal stop. When Attorney Hoover and D.C. appeared to litigate the motion to suppress, the prosecutor approached them with an offer D.C. could not refuse: the DUI offense would be withdrawn in exchange for a guilty plea to a single count of disorderly conduct. D.C. went from facing a mandatory 30 days in jail on top of a one year loss of his driving privileges to neither of those penalties, not to mention the avoidance of a second DUI conviction, an important consideration given the recidivist nature of PA’s DUI Laws.
Commonwealth v. D.T. (Fulton Co. 2012)
D.T. was charged with a second offense DUI. After Attorney Hoover exposed the arresting officer’s lack of knowledge regarding the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, the jury returned a Not Guilty verdict on the DUI charge. This case is a prime example of how Attorney Hoover was able to put his extensive knowledge, training, and experience with the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests to work for D.T. with another excellent result.
Commonwealth v. M.B. (Dauphin Co. 2017)
M.B. was charged with Felony Aggravated Assault and other lesser-included misdemeanors as a result of a shooting that occurred after a road rage incident in Harrisburg City. From the outset, M.B. claimed self-defense, as he believed the other individual involved had reached for a firearm. There was a complicated trial with lots of back and forth testimony from the alleged victim as well as local police officers involved in taking reports from both the individuals involved and a few witnesses to the incident. Throughout the course of trial, and especially in his closing argument, Attorney Hoover painstakingly explained to the jury the law of self-defense and how it applied to M.B’s case. Ultimately, the jury found M.B. Not Guilty of the Aggravated Assault; a conviction on such an offense would have sent M.B. to State Prison for multiple years.
Commonwealth v. M.B. (Lebanon Co. 2009)
M.B. was charged with DUI based on an alleged breath alcohol concentration of 0.085%. Rather than simply take that alleged fact at face value and stipulate to it’s accuracy, Attorney Hoover held the Commonwealth’s feet to the fire and made them prove the accuracy of the chemical test result. In so doing, during the course of the bench trial, the officer involved in performing maintenance on the breath testing instrument admitted that shortly after M.B.’s test was performed, mold was found within the device. As such, Attorney Hoover successfully argued that the result therefore cannot be trusted and the Judge agreed and found M.B. Not Guilty of DUI.
Commonwealth v. J.K. (Lebanon Co. 2011)
J.K. was charged with DUI based on an allegation of controlled substances being found within his system. Again, rather than simply stipulate to the accuracy of the chemical test results, Attorney Hoover fought against that fact at trial. During the course of the trial, it became clear the charges levied against J.K. were inappropriate due to the nature of what was actually found within J.K.’s blood. As such, Attorney Hoover made a motion to judgment of acquittal at the close of the prosecutions case in chief. Attorney Hoover successfully argued that due to the charging error, the Commonwealth had failed to offer sufficient evidence to prove the DUI offenses charged. An result like this was only achieved by careful examination of exactly what offenses were charged and the knowledge and understanding of what exactly was found within J.K.’s blood.
Commonwealth v. L.R. (Dauphin Co. 2010)
L.R. was charged with a first offense DUI as a result of a motor vehicle stop shortly after midnight for an alleged license plate light being out. Ultimately, it was discovered that L.R.’s license was suspended at the time of the stop. While at the police station, L.R. submitted to a breath test where it was alleged that her BAC was 0.083%. At trial, Attorney Hoover successfully argued that such a result is not sufficient basis for a DUI conviction where the standard margin of error would take the test result below the legal limit 0.08%. In addition, Attorney Hoover successfully argued that the Commonwealth offered no additional evidence to prove impairment by alcohol to a degree that rendered L.R. incapable of safely driving. Finally, at the time of trial, the Judge found L.R. guilty of driving on a suspended license, a summary offense that carries a one-year suspension of L.R.’s driving privilege. Attorney Hoover filed a post-sentence motion challenging this conviction by arguing that the Commonwealth had failed to prove that L.R. received actual notice of the suspension, which coincidentally began literally minutes before L.R. was stopped. All in all, L.R. was found Not Guilty of three (3) serious charges.
Commonwealth v. J.H. (Lebanon Co. 2013)
J.H. knew he was guilty of Recklessly Endangering Another Person as a result of his conduct. That being said, the Commonwealth sought to have a lengthy prison sentence imposed. Attorney Hoover and J.H. vehemently disagreed with such a punishment. In response, Attorney Hoover filed a voluminous Pre-Sentence Memorandum in Mitigation with the sentencing Judge. Ultimately, J.H. was sentenced to a period of probation without incarceration as a result.
Commonwealth v. J.S. (Cambria Co. 2011)
J.S. was charged with a second offense DUI. A conviction to this offense would have ruined J.S.’s military career, aside from the legal penalties including jail-time and significant loss of license. Attorney Hoover filed pre-trial motions and appeared in court to litigate them. On the date of the hearing the Commonwealth agreed to withdraw the DUI charges in exchange for a guilty plea to a Recklessly Endangering Another Person charge, a conviction that would jeopardize none of J.S.’s career, freedom, or ability to drive.
Commonwealth v. S.S. (Lebanon Co. 2013)
S.S. had been charged with a third offense DUI and as such was facing a potential State Prison sentence. After hiring Attorney Hoover, the case quickly changed. Attorney Hoover met with the prosecution and explained the perceived issues with the legality of the motor vehicle stop and even whether the officer had the requisite probable cause to make an arrest. After lengthy negotiations, the Commonwealth agreed to withdraw the DUI charges in exchange for a guilty plea to Recklessly Endangering Another Person. Here again, S.S. avoided a lengthy prison sentence, loss of driving privileges, and a harmful DUI conviction, all because he choose the right attorney.