October 2011 Archives

October 27, 2011

Montgomery County Doctor Becomes A Criminal

Recently a 76 year old Montgomery County, Pennsylvania doctor was arrested for writing close to 1800 prescriptions for the narcotic Oxycontin. Authorities estimate that to be nearly 240,000 pills over the year to his patients. Dr. Richard Ruth is accused of turning his Souderton practice into a walk-in "pill-mill". Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman reported the doctor would perform minimal examinations and the patient would walk out of the office with a prescription, as long as the patient brought cash. District Attorney Ferman stated that patients were still arriving at the doctor's office as police made their search, unaware the office had now become a crime scene.

At what point in a doctor's career does one decide to commit crime? In the case of Dr. Ruth, it was the second time he has made this decision. In 2005, the doctor lost his license for writing prescriptions but had his license restored in 2009. This bad decision will now have Dr. Richard Ruth facing charges of prescription fraud, identity theft and insurance fraud.

If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges, contact Jason R. Antoine, Pennsylvania Criminal Lawyer. Our office may be able to have your charges reduced or dismissed altogether. My office


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October 18, 2011

Anger Management Options in Delaware County

As I said in previous blogs, it is possible to have charges such as simple assault, harassment or disorderly conduct dropped or reduced to a summary charge. In order to achieve this goal, the DA's office or the court may want you to attend anger management classes. Anger management is typically ordered by the court in domestic violence situations. In Delaware County, Pennsylvania there are various anger management programs that are convenient and cost-effective. The following is a summary of the programs available in Delaware County.

Rose Tree Counseling Center
1033 N. Providence road
Media, Pennsylvania 19063
(610) 566-4975
www.rosetreecounselingcenter.com

Rose Tree is a private counseling center. It offers individual counseling for your court ordered "anger management" requirement. Eight individual sessions will normally meet your obligation. The cost of each session is $75.00 each. Rose Tree Counseling may accept your insurance to help offset this cost.

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October 11, 2011

Changes Made to the Chester County DUI ARD Program

Starting on October 1, 2011, the Chester County Council on Addictive Diseases (COAD) will no longer be participating in the Chester County DUI ARD program. The Chester County Adult Probation and Parole Department will be taking over these duties. The probation department will provide Alcohol Highway Safety School (AHSS), Court Reporting Network (CRN) evaluations and referrals for drug and alcohol evaluations to offenders.

I always recommend to my clients that they attend their CRN evaluation and AHSS in advance of their ARD court date because Chester County will waive the requirement that you perform 50 hours community service if these tasks are performed within 60 days of the ARD hearing date. My advice is to get these items completed as soon as possible unless you or your attorney have reason to believe your ARD application will be denied. Performing 50 hours of community service is hard to do on top of all the rigors of daily life.

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October 5, 2011

Disorderly Conduct Citation Dismissed by Oxford District Court Judge: The Importance of the "Cooling Off Period" or the "60-90 Day Continuance" in Pennsylvania Preliminary Hearings and Summary District Court Hearings Involving Fights, Assaults, Harassment

Last week, I had a Disorderly conduct citation dismissed by Judge Farmer in Oxford District Court in Chester County. I wanted to write about the strategy used to get this citation thrown out. This same strategy can be applied to Pennsylvania Simple Assault cases at preliminary hearings. The facts are as follows*: my client, a prevalent executive at a marketing firm, was cited for Disorderly conduct stemming from an incident that occurred while he was picking up his daughter from her boyfriend's house. The short version of the story is that the boyfriend's father was drunk and shouting obscenities at my client's wife who was sitting in the car. My client approached the boyfriend's father, pushed the father, the two shouted obscenities back-and-forth and eventually got the boyfriend's father in a choke hold before being jumped by other members of the family. The boyfriend's father and my client were cited for disorderly conduct. I was prepared to take this case to trial based on the premise that my client was defending his wife. Just as you are allowed to defend yourself in a self-defense case, you are allowed to use the same force to defend 3rd parties from harm. My client stated that the boyfriend's father was pointing at his wife and "going after her." His daughter and her boyfriend told police that this was not true. The attorney representing the boyfriend's father approached me in the hallway and we decided to request a cooling off period to have the charges dismissed. I spoke to the Pennsylvania State Police Trooper and he was alright with this disposition to the case. My client was obviously happy that the charge would be dismissed. Rather than going through a trial, my client agreed to this disposition.

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