Q: I was caught driving on a suspended license for the 8th time. This
time in Dauphin County. I live in Westmoreland. Can I appeal the sentencing? I missed my court date with the
district justice office and got 6 months county prison time. I have
appealed it, but was wondering what my chances are of getting the sentence
changed to something other than prison time. I know of people who have
been caught 15 times or more and did no jail time.
A: I cannot tell if this a Motor Vehicle Code
1543 (a) or (b) suspension. 1543 (b)’s are DUI related and carry additional
penalties under the habitual offender statute. If you have appealed in a timely
fashion, you may be able to receive a sentence of house arrest or electronic
home monitoring. However, I am unfamiliar with the practices of the DA and
courts In Dauphin County, so you will have to confirm this with a Dauphin
County attorney. You may want to hire the attorney who has kept your friend with 15 license
suspension convictions out of jail. Be aware though, you may face problems in
having Dauphin County transfer an electronic monitoring house arrest sentence
to Allegheny County for supervision.