If you face DUI or criminal allegations in Erie, Pennsylvania, you may feel overwhelmed, confused or even frightened by the possibility of losing your freedom, your job or driver's license. Many good and decent people, hardworking citizens with familes and good jobs, make mistakes. Most are over-charged. Others are, quite simply, wrongfully charged with DUI and other crimes. You are not alone. Tim George can help. Learn more by reading our articles, seeing our success stories and watching our videos at http://www.yourerieduilawyer.com/ or http://www.eriecriminaldefenselawyer.com/. Or call us toll free at (866) 794-2525 or 835-0400 for a free evaluation of your case.
Tim George defends allegations of DUI, reckless driving, careless driving, accidents involving injury or property damage and other serious charges like homicide by motor vehicle, manslaughter, aggravated assault, simple assault, retail theft, burglary, robbery, and sexual assault. He appears in Magisterial District Courts (often called District Justice offices) throughout Northwestern Pennsylvania, including Erie, Millcreek, Fairview, Girard, Albion, Springfield, Platea, McKean, Edinboro, Lawrence Park, Wesleyville, Harborcreek, North East, Corry, Meadville, Sandy Lake, Conneaut Lake, Franklin, Oil City and Warren. He has also defended people in the Court of Common Pleas of Erie County, Crawford County, Warren County, Venango County, Mercer County, Clarion County and Jefferson County. He has argued cases on appeal before the Commonwealth Court, Superior Court and Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.Practice Areas
Overview of Practice Areas
Mr. George is admitted before all courts in Pennsylvania and concentrates his practice in the following areas:
- All felonies, including murder, aggravated assault, rape and property offenses;
- All misdemeanors, including DUI, BUI, simple assault;
- and all summary offenses, including traffic offenses.
- wrongful death;
- car & truck accidents;
- premises liability.
Driving Under the Influence
- Driving Under the Influence
- Boating Under the Influence
learn moreCriminal Defense
The weight of a mere criminal allegation can result in not only the loss of freedom (e.g., imposition of bond or probation detainer) which we often take for granted, but such allegations also can result in loss of employment, anxiety, stress and emotional strain upon yourself and your family. Tim George appreciates that persons accused of criminal offenses need more than just representation by a skilled advocate but also an experienced professional who will listen, care and counsel. These values define his practice. The following principles serve as a framework within which all criminal cases are to be decided. For more information, please contact us for a confidential, no obligation consultation.
Presumption of Innocence
A fundamental principle of our system of criminal law is that the defendant is presumed to be innocent. The mere fact that he was arrested and is accused of a crime is not any evidence against him. Furthermore, the defendant is presumed innocent throughout a trial and unless and until a jury concludes, based on careful and impartial consideration of the evidence, that the Commonwealth has proven him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
* PA Standard Criminal Jury Instructions, Volume I, Chapter VII, 7.01(1)
Burden of Proof
It is not the defendant’s burden to prove that he is not guilty. Instead, it is the Commonwealth that always has the burden of proving each and every element of the crime charged and that the defendant is guilty of that crime beyond a reasonable doubt. The person accused of a crime is not required to present evidence or prove anything in his own defense. If the Commonwealth’s evidence fails to meet its burden, then your verdict must be not guilty. On the other hand, if the Commonwealth’s evidence does prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty, then your verdict should be guilty.
* PA Standard Criminal Jury Instructions, Volume I, Chapter VII, 7.01(2)
Although the Commonwealth has the burden of proving that an accused is guilty, this does not mean that, the Commonwealth must prove its case beyond all doubt and to a mathematical certainty, nor must it demonstrate the complete impossibility of innocence. A reasonable doubt is a doubt that would cause a reasonably careful and sensible person to hesitate before acting upon a matter of importance in his own affairs. A reasonable doubt must fairly arise out of the evidence that was presented or out of the lack of evidence presented with respect to some element of the crime. A reasonable doubt must be a real doubt; it may not be an imagined one, nor may it be a doubt manufactured to avoid carrying out an unpleasant duty.
Reasonable doubt which will justify acquittal is doubt based on reason and arising from evidence or lack of evidence, and it is doubt which reasonable man or woman might entertain, and it is not fanciful doubt, is not imagined doubt, and is not doubt that juror might conjure up to avoid performing unpleasant task or duty.
So, to summarize, a jury may not find the defendant guilty based on a mere suspicion of guilt. The Commonwealth has the burden of proving the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If it meets that burden, then the defendant is no longer presumed innocent and a jury should find him guilty. On the other hand, if the Commonwealth does not meet its burden, then the jury must find him not guilty.
* PA Standard Criminal Jury Instructions, Volume I, Chapter VII, 7.01(3) & (4)Firm Overview
Tim George is a former prosecutor who provides representation to people in Pennsylvania charged with allegations of criminal wrongdoing at all phases of prosecution from informal arraignment through jury trial and, if necessary, appeal.
Mr. George also devotes much of his practice to helping injured people recover compensation for wage loss, medical expenses, property damage and non-economic damages such as pain, discomfort and permanent impairment which result from car & truck accidents.