Case Results


Pre-Trial Dispositions

Possession With Intent to Deliver (Mandatory 5-year sentence)(Felony): DISMISSED upon court granting Motion to Suppress, which challenged unlawful stop and search of vehicle by Pa. State Trooper (Somerset)

Burglary (F1): DISMISSED upon court granting Motion to Suppress, which challenged unlawful search of residence by police (Allegheny)

Person Not to Possess Firearm (F2): DISMISSED upon court granting Motion to Suppress, which challenged unlawful search of residence by police (Allegheny)


Trial Dispositions

First-Degree Murder: NOT GUILTY verdict by Jury (Allegheny)

Theft/Conspiracy (F3): JUDGMENT OF ACQUITTAL by Judge (Allegheny)

Harassment (S): 90 days probation; originally charged with Simple Assault (M2); found guilty of lesser-included offense after Non-Jury Trial (Allegheny)


Preliminary Hearing Dismissals

Robbery/Kidnapping (F1): DISMISSED after preliminary hearing (Allegheny)

Firearm carried without a license (F3): DISMISSED after preliminary hearing (Allegheny)

Aggravated Assault (F2): DISMISSED upon completion of MH evaluation (Allegheny)

Illegal Transfer of Firearms (F3): Plea to lesser offense of summary Disorderly Conduct (Allegheny)

Hindering Apprehension (M2): Plea to lesser offense of Disorderly Conduct (Allegheny)

Possession of Drugs (M): Dismissed upon completion of D/A Evaluation (Allegheny)

Criminal Trespass (F3): Withdrawn (Allegheny)

Criminal Mischief (M3): Dismissed upon payment of restitution (Allegheny)

*Numerous withdrawals and dismissals of Simple Assault (M2) charges in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.


Summary Trial Dispositions

Defiant Trespass/Disorderly Conduct (S): NOT GUILTY verdict after Summary Trial (Allegheny)

Failure to Stop At Red Signal (S): NOT GUILTY verdict after Summary Appeal Hearing; saved client’s license from being suspended (Greene)

Driving Under Suspended License (S): NOT GUILTY verdict after Summary Trial (Allegheny)

Driving Under Suspended License (S): DISMISSED (Allegheny)

Retail Theft (S): DISMISSED upon Summary Appeal (Washington)

*Numerous withdrawals and dismissals of Harassment and Retail Theft charges in Allegheny county


Assault Dispositions

Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Homicide: Plea to lesser offense of Criminal Solicitation to Aggravated Assault (Allegheny)

Resisting Arrest (M2): Withdrawn (Allegheny)

Aggravated Assault (F1): Withdrawn (Allegheny)

Endangering Welfare of Children (M1): ARD (Westmoreland)

Interference With Custody of Children/Corruption of Minors (F2): Withdrawn (Allegheny)

Simple Assault (M2): Probation; robbery, conspiracy, illegal possession of firearm, and theft charges dismissed (Allegheny)

Simple Assault (M2): Withdrawn (Westmoreland)

Harassment (S): Fines & Costs; misdemeanor offenses dismissed (Allegheny)

Harassment (M3): ARD (Westmoreland)


Theft Dispositions

Robbery/Aggravated Assault (F1): Plea to lesser offense of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery for probation (Allegheny)

Burglary (F1): Dismissed (Allegheny)

Burglary (F1): Withdrawn; Plea to lesser included offense of Criminal Trespass for 24- months house arrest (Allegheny)

Insurance Fraud (F3): DISMISSED upon payment of restitution (Allegheny)

Access Device Fraud (M1): Plea to lesser offense of Disorderly Conduct upon payment of restitution (Allegheny)

Criminal Mischief (S): Fines & Costs; misdemeanor theft offenses dismissed  (Allegheny)


Firearms Dispositions

Materially False Oral Statement/Firearms Act (F3); Statement Under Penalty (M3): Withdrawn (Allegheny)

Firearm carried without a license (M1): ARD (Westmoreland)

Firearm carried without a license (F3): House arrest (Allegheny)

Firearm carried without a license (F3): Dismissed upon completion of anger management classes (Allegheny)

Unlawful firearm transfer (M2): Probation (Chester County)

Offensive Weapons (M1): Dismissed (Allegheny)


Drug Dispositions

Possession With Intent to Deliver (F): Withdrawn; plea to Possession/Paraphernalia (Allegheny)

Possession With Intent To Deliver (F) (5-Year Mandatory): Negotiated plea to 18 months probation.

Possession (M): Probation; PWID DISMISSED (Westmoreland)

Possession (M): Probation; paraphernalia and tampering charges withdrawn (Allegheny)

* Numerous withdrawals and dismissals of Possession & Paraphernalia charges in exchange for pleas to Disorderly Conduct in Allegheny county


Traffic Dispositions

Exceeding Speed Limit By 35 MPH: DISMISSED; license suspension avoided (Westmoreland)

Driving DUI-suspended license (S): Plea to lesser offense to avoid mandatory jail sentence (Allegheny)

Accident involving damage to unattended vehicle (S): Dismissed after appeal; CDL license reinstated as a result (Allegheny)

Accident involving damage to unattended vehicle (S): Dismissed; license suspension avoided (Allegheny)

Accident involving damage to attended vehicle (M3): Dismissed upon payment of restitution (Allegheny)

Carless driving (S): Fines & Costs; offenses carrying license suspension dismissed (Allegheny)

*Counsel in dozens of first-, second-, and third-time DUI cases.

Aside from trial work, Ryan James has served as appellate counsel in 15 appeals to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania; he has filed 7 allocatur petitions in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; and he has served as post-conviction counsel in more than 60 PCRAs, two of which resulted in new trials due to the ineffective assistance of trial counsel.