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Steven R. Tabano and Associates
Steven Tabano

2100 Wharton Street, Suite 110
Pittsburgh PA 15203
(412) 381-6626

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Steven R. Tabano and Associates

Please Call: (412) 381-6626


Because of the serious consequences of being found guilty of DUI, it is very important that you hire an aggressive and skilled trial lawyer to fight for your rights. Pennsylvania DUI Lawyer Steven R. Tabano and his staff fight hard for the rights of their clients every day in courtrooms throughout the State. They know the law and they know the system. Give them a call today to see how they can put their knowledge and experience to work fighting for your rights.

Attorney Tabano is a litigator who concentrates on the representation of people charged with D.U.I. or related charges in Pennsylvania.  Attorney Steve Tabano has handled hundreds of D.U.I. cases, negotiating a reduction in the charges or sentence in some cases or taking cases to trial and wining dismissals.  Do you need an experienced lawyer to speak up for you?

Attorney Tabano has vigourously represented clients charged with D.U.I., Homicide, Assault, Drug Violations, Theft, and White Collar Crimes among others.  From preliminary hearings before a District Justice to argument before the Supreme Court, fighting for your rights for over 17 years.


Education

Duqesne University Law School, Pittsburgh, PA (1992) (Juris Doctor)

Allegheny College, Meadville, PA (1987) (B.A.)

Background

Born and raised in suburban New York City
 

Please Call: (412) 381-6626

Please Call: (412) 381-6626

About-Us

Attorney Tabano is a litigator who concentrates on the representation of people charged with D.U.I. or related charges in Pennsylvania.  Attorney Steve Tabano has handled hundreds of D.U.I. cases, negotiating a reduction in the charges or sentence in some cases or taking cases to trial and wining dismissals.  Do you need an experienced lawyer to speak up for you?

Attorney Tabano has vigourously represented clients charged with D.U.I., Homicide, Assault, Drug Violations, Theft, and White Collar Crimes among others.  From preliminary hearings before a District Justice to argument before the Supreme Court, fighting for your rights for over 17 years.


Education

Duqesne University Law School, Pittsburgh, PA (1992) (Juris Doctor)

Allegheny College, Meadville, PA (1987) (B.A.)

Background

Born and raised in suburban New York City

About Lawyers

Why You Should NOT Try to Handle Your Own Legal Affairs?  

Every day we receive telephone calls from people who tell us that they "got a bad deal" in court or that the judge wouldn't listen to them.  They want to know if we can fix it.  Unfortunately, this is usually imposible.  You have one shot at a trial or hearing.  There are no second chances or "do overs".  If you want to try to represent yourself because you've watched every episode of "People's Court" and believe you know the law or because your "friend" told you what to do, you are making a mistake.

Entrustment of a legal matter may involves the money, reputation, freedom or even the life of a client. Therefore, it is important for people to use the services of a lawyer. Lawyers receive years of legal training, know the local rules and procedures of the court, and have the experience to know how best to present your case. Lawyers are trained to safeguard the rights of the general public and are bound by the Code of Professional Responsibility adopted by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. They are subject to the rules of the legal profession, the discipline system of the Supreme Court and continuing legal education requirements.

While you can get some useful information regarding your legal matter on the internet, the information cannot be substitute for the careful review of an experienced attorney.  You cannot just look up a law in a book and know how to handle your case.  Law books are not do-it-yourself books.  Your case will involve substantive law, procedural rules, case law or precedent, constitutional law, local rules, and rules established by the judge assigned to your case.  In addition, these laws, rules and procedures are constantly changing.

Many people think that if they represent themselves that the judge or court personelle will help them.  This is simply not true and, in fact, court personelle are strictly prohibted from giving legal advice.  The only person in the courtroom that you can count on to be on your side is your lawyer.

The only person that you can count on to stand up for your rights in a courtroom is your lawyer.

What mistakes might you make when representing yourself?  The fact is, you may never know.
How Can You Work Best With Your Lawyer?


All lawyers take an oath upon admission to practice in this state to uphold the U.S. and Pennsylvania Constitutions and the law and to be faithful to their clients. Just as your communications with your clergyman or doctor are confidential, so are your private communications with your lawyer. Ethics rules prohibit your lawyer from disclosing any information about your matter without permission from you. Your lawyer’s principal duty is to see that you receive the benefit of all your legal rights. In working with your lawyer:

- Write down the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all persons involved in your matter and all pertinent facts. By doing this at home, you will reduce the time your lawyer will need to spend gathering the information.
-Take all papers relating to the matter to the first meeting with your lawyer.
- Be honest and tell your lawyer all of the facts — good and bad. Your lawyer must keep them in the strictest of confidences and must know everything about your matter in order to represent you to the best of his/her ability.
- Also, discuss your expectations for the matter with your lawyer.
- Have your lawyer analyze your matter and give you the pluses and minuses.
- Do not expect simple solutions to complex problems.
- Ask your lawyer to explain the various steps involved in handling your matter and ask for an estimate of how long it will take.
- Be sure to ask your lawyer to keep you informed about the progress of your matter.
- Contact your lawyer when any new developments arise that might affect your matter.
- Discuss billing arrangements with your lawyer at the first meeting. The Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct require lawyers to generatea fee arrangement when a client agrees to retain counsel.
- See a lawyer before signing documents or taking legal action.

Be sure you understand all of the ramifications of what you are signing or doing, and then follow the advice of your lawyer.

Criminal Procedure

CRIMINAL CHARGES
The Criminal Process begins with the filing of criminal charges, usually by the police.  The charges are usually brought before a district justice accompanied by an Affidavit of Probable Cause which is the police officer's account (usually biased and inaccurate) of the incident.  You are then either arrested or issued a summons to appear at a preliminary hearing.  If you are arrested bail is set, otherwise bail will be set at your preliminary hearing.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT LAWYER.
What is your lawyer’s preliminary evaluation of the case against you? What defenses are
available to you? What is the best defense strategy?

PRELIMINARY HEARING
Within a very short time, usually ten days or so, you will have a "Preliminary Hearing".  This is not a trial to determine your guilt or innocense but is a very important step in the process.  At the preliminary hearing an attorney from the District Attorney's Office, the police officer who filed the charges and any witnesses against you will be there along with the District Justice.  Unfortunately, at this proceeding the District Attorney need only demonstrate to the District Justice that a crime was probably committed and that you probably commited it.  This is a very low threshold to meet and may result in your case being held for further proceedings in court.  However, in some instances an experienced and knowlegeable attorney can have the charges reduced and disposed of at this first hearing, resulting only in a small fine.  In more complicated cases, it is very important for your lawyer to hear and question the police officers' and/or witnesses' account of what they claim happened in order to assess how best to proceed with your case.

FORMAL ARRAIGNMENT
If your case is held for court from the preliminary hearing this means you will now appear in the Court of Common Pleas in the main courthouse in your county.  Your next court date, the formal arraignment, will involve you being formally notified of the charges against you and, in some instances a plea bargain or alternative disposition of your case may be discussed.

PLEA BARGAINS
The vast majorities of criminal cases do not go to trial, but are settled through negotiation.
Determining a fair plea bargain is both an art and a science. This is where your Attorney’s
knowledge and experience are essential. The first factor includes a careful evaluation of the
strength of your case and evaluation of the odds of winning or losing at trial. Then, given your
odds at trial, you and your attorney need to balance your uncertain sentence, (if convicted at trial)
with the certain sentence of the deal / offer if you plea and “cut your losses”.  What sort of offer does your attorney believe the prosecution will make? What can your attorney do to improve the prosecution’s offer? What counter-offer are you prepared to make? What can reasonably be expected? What is the standard range in similar cases? Can you do better? Consider your "maximum sentence exposure" if you go to trial and lose compared to taking a plea bargain.

SENTENCE ALTERNATIVES
Are there any Sentencing Alternatives to standard Jail that you may be eligible for, such as probation, electronic home detention, alternative housing, or community service?  Are there any standard or creative Probationary Terms that are preferable to you which will satisfy the prosecution and court’s concerns and allow you to receive a lesser sentence, easier to accept? Some clients want to avoid fines, others want to keep their driver’s license, others want to avoid jail. If your attorney fully
understands your needs and goals, he can craft an alternative sentence that protects your most
important concerns and hurts you the least.

MOTIONS – Legal Defenses (Due Process and your constitutional rights)
Is your attorney ensuring that you are being given Due Process and that your constitutional rights
are not being violated? Sometimes you can win a case on a legal point. Considerations include:

1. Did the police conduct a search where evidence was seized from your home, car or
person? If so, can the legality of the search be to challenged by a Motion to Suppress? (i.e.
- Is the evidence against you inadmissible – and thus can your case be dismissed?)

2. Did the Police detain you or arrest you? Did the Police question you and, if so did you
make a statement to the police? Were you properly “Mirandized” If not, is this statement
(and any evidence it lead to) admissible at trial or can it be suppressed? How damaging is it
to your case? How will your defense strategy change based on the admissibility of the
evidence or statements?

3. Are there any legal issues with the charges filed? Can you demur to the complaint? Are
the charges based on events that happened more than 1 year ago? More than 3 years ago?
Can you bring a Motion to Dismiss for a violation of your right to a speedy trial or some
other constitutional right?


TRIAL
As an American, you have the right to a fair trial where you are presumed innocent.  You can demand either a jury trial or a non-jury trial.  At a jury trial, 12 of your fellow citizens will determine whether or not you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  In a non-jury trial, a judge will listen to the facts of your case and decide whether or not you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  Trials are highly technical and requires an experienced attorney who has a high degree of legal knowlege and the power to pursuade.


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