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With a proven track record Kim Riester and Michael Waltman will handle your case with the care and attention it deserves.


Aug 27, 2015
In a case that involved multiple people in hotel room where a firearm and a brick of heroin was found, successfully earned a full acquittal for the client

Jul 31, 2015
Where a client's blood alcohol level was originally measured at a .240, we were successfully able to negotiate with the District Attorney's Office that the client would plea to a DUI General Impairment. Originally, the client would have lost his license to drive for one year. Under this agreement, the client did not lose his license at all.

Jul 29, 2015
In a case involving the alleged assault of a Police Officer on Carson Street by a client who was leaving one of the bars, we were successfully able to resolve the matter at the magistrate.

Jul 06, 2015
In another instance of a client doing everything we asked of him, we were successfully able to argue that his ARD should not be revoked despite his subsequent conviction for a similar offense.

Jun 24, 2015
-Allegheny County: Successfully negotiated the dismissal of the charges related to the alleged possession of a Fake ID at one of the casinos.

Jun 23, 2015
Due to my client's outstanding efforts in obtaining treatment for her addiction, we were successful in keeping her ARD in place despite a new conviction for a similar offense.

Jun 10, 2015
-Greene County: Successfully argued for house arrest in lieu of the mandatory period of incarceration.

May 28, 2015
-Allegheny County: Successfully negotiated the withdraw of all charges stemming from the alleged possession of illegal drugs with the intent to sell them.

May 18, 2015
-Allegheny County: Successfully negotiated a plea to a lesser charge that saved my client a 60 day license suspension. This incident stemmed from the accusation that my client failed to stop for a school bus with its lights displayed.

Apr 28, 2015
-Allegheny County: Negotiated a sentence on 4 separate gun and drug felony cases that was the equivalent of the standard range sentence on just one of the cases, saving the client from the possibility of a decades long sentence.

Apr 27, 2015
-Allegheny County: Successfully negotiated the withdraw of a charge stemming from the possession of prescription medication found in a client's dorm room.

Apr 17, 2015
-Indiana County: Successfully negotiated the lowering of a 3rd Tier DUI to a 1st Tier DUI, saving the client a 1 year license suspension and additional fines.

Apr 09, 2015
-Allegheny County: Successfully argued to a City of Pittsburgh Magistrate that my client should not have been charged with the large amounts of contraband found in a hotel room in which he was found.

Apr 07, 2015
-Westmoreland County: Successfully negotiated a withdraw of an Aggravated Assault against a Police Officer from an incident stemming from a DUI.

March 25, 2015
-Allegheny County: At the preliminary hearing for alleged criminal trespass, negotiated a complete withdrawal of all charges stemming from an incident that occurred at a business in the South Side area of the city.

March 24, 2015
-Allegheny County: In a case involving a third DUI, avoided the mandatory sentence of incarceration of 1 to 5 years by negotiating a plea that requires intense rehabilitation, house arrest, and probation.

March 23, 2015
-Allegheny County: Negotiated a full withdrawal of charges stemming from an alleged public intoxication and public urination incident that took place at Heinz Field during a playoff game.

March 12, 2015
-Allegheny County: Third DUI in three years -- Successfully argued that all evidence should be excluded from trial based upon the illegality of the traffic stop.

Case Conclusion Date:February 19, 2015
Description:In a case charged as Robbery, Felony in the First Degree, successfully negotiated a plea to a Summary Offense. Taking the maximum possible penalty from 10-20 years, to 90 days.

February 19, 2015
-Allegheny County: In a case charged as robbery, felony in the first degree, successfully negotiated a plea to a summary offense -- Taking the maximum possible penalty from 10-20 years, to 90 days.

January 16, 2015
-Allegheny County: At the Common Pleas level, successfully argued the dismissal of an aggravated assault case where the client was merely present for a fight that occurred outside of a local bar, but was accused of causing serious bodily injury to the alleged victim.

December 19, 2014
-Allegheny County: In another instance of a client having multiple cases, we were successful in convincing the Commonwealth to completely withdraw a case that involved the theft of a motor vehicle which allowed the client to seek admittance into the ARD program on another case that involved the theft of certain pieces of jewelry.

December 12, 2014
-Westmoreland County: Successfully appealed the suspension of a client's driver's license after the client allegedly refused to submit to chemical testing as a result of an alleged DUI.

December 11, 2014
-Washington County: Successfully negotiated the dismissal of eight of eleven traffic citations issued to a trucking company and its driver, saving the clients approximately $4,000.00.

December 10, 2014
-Allegheny County: Negotiated a complete withdraw of the charges for an underage client who allegedly presented to members of law enforcement a fake identification card in an effort to obtain alcohol.

December 5, 2014
-Lawrence County: Successfully negotiated a client's admittance into the ARD program for a DUI where the client's alleged blood alcohol casecontent was in excess of three times the legal limit. Additionally, because we were able to credibly question the manner in which the blood alcohol casecontent was determined, we were able to save the client's license from being suspended.

November 25, 2014
-Allegheny County: Successfully obtained a plea to a summary citation for a client who was alleged to have possessed a controlled substance.

November 19, 2014
-Westmoreland County: Successfully argued to a Common Pleas Judge that my client should receive a period of house arrest for my client's second DUI instead of the mandatory jail time.

November 18, 2014
-Westmoreland County: Successfully argued to the Commonwealth that it should withdraw the charges against my client for my client allegedly receiving stolen property.

November 10, 2014
-Allegheny County: Successfully argued to the Commonwealth that it should withdraw the charges against my client for my client's alleged possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, because of my client's co-defendant's far greater culpability in the matter.

November 4, 2014
-Washington County: Negotiated a plea to a summary citation for a client who was alleged to have possessed a controlled substance. At the time, the client was on probation for a serious Felony conviction.

October 28, 2014
-Allegheny County: Successfully argued to a Common Pleas Court Judge that a client with a third DUI should receive a period of house arrest instead of the mandatory jail sentence.

September 30, 2014
-Allegheny County: Successfully negotiated a plea to a Misdemeanor for a client charged with a Felony Firearm Possession.

September 7, 2014
-Allegheny County: In another case that involved a stand-off with the Pittsburgh SWAT team, I successfully negotiated my client's entrance into the ARD program.

July 15, 2014
-Allegheny County: Negotiated a plea from a Felony 1 Burglary to the lowest possible misdemeanor, a Misdemeanor 3, Defiant Trespass.

July 14, 2014
-Allegheny County: Successfully argued to a Common Pleas Court Judge that the evidence of a client's alleged possession of a controlled substance should not be admitted as evidence into trial because the Commonwealth obtained the evidence illegally. The suppression of that evidence resulted in a full withdraw of the charges.

June 9, 2014
-Allegheny County: Negotiated a Probation Without Verdict plea for a charge of possession of a controlled substance. For the same client, years prior, I successfully argued to a Common Pleas Court Judge that the evidence of the client's alleged possession of a firearm should not be admitted as evidence into trial because the Commonwealth obtained the evidence illegally. The suppression of that evidence resulted in a full withdraw of the charges.

May 29, 2014
-Allegheny County: Successfully negotiated a client's acceptance into the ARD program in a case that involved the client allegedly stealing an SUV then wrecking it a short-time later.

May 15, 2014
-Allegheny County: Obtained a full acquittal after a non-jury trial in a case that involved an hours-long stand-off with the Pittsburgh SWAT team and the alleged illegal possession of multiple firearms.

May 8, 2014
-Allegheny County: Successfully argued to the Commonwealth that it should withdraw the charges against my client for her alleged theft.

January 28, 2014
-Allegheny County: In a complicated set of facts, a client had two pending DUI's, both of which involved accidents. In the first of the two cases, I successfully argued to a Common Pleas Court Judge that the evidence of a client's blood alcohol casecontent should not be admitted as evidence into trial because the Commonwealth obtained the evidence illegally. The suppression of that evidence resulted in a full withdraw of the DUI charges, and allowed the Client to be admitted into the ARD program on the other remaining case.

January 15, 2014
-Allegheny County: Negotiated entrance into the ARD program for a client who was alleged to have struck another person on the head with a bottle at a bar in the South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

December 11, 2013
-Clarion County: In a 23 count indictment, obtained not guilty verdicts from a jury on five counts of attempted homicide, four counts of aggravated assault, and four counts of simple assault. After a week-long jury trial involving the accusation that the defendant fired multiple shots into a group of people, the jury returned guilty verdicts only to two counts of aggravated assault, lesser included offense, and possession of a firearm.

October 3, 2013
-Allegheny County: Successfully argued to the Commonwealth that the evidence of a client's possession of a firearm should not be admitted into trial because the Commonwealth obtained the evidence illegally. As a result, the commonwealth agreed to withdraw the possession of the firearm charge.

2012
-DUI Attorney Kim Wm. Riester, relied upon a decision published in 2005, in which he successfully persuaded a Common Pleas Judge to dismiss DUI charges against a citizen because the police department failed to file the charges within five (5) days of the arrest.

Police Officer Credibility
-Kim Riester successfully argued the credibility of the police officer involved with a DUI stop after researching the officer's previous police reports only to find that the officer was using a "boiler plate" report that often did not alter and specify the details for an individual stop. The resulted in a victory for Kim and his Client.

Police Officer Credibility II
-Kim Riester successfully had his client acquitted of a very serious drug charge when they found the officer's testimony to be untrue. His client was pulled over for a minor vehicle equipment failure and drugs were illegally seized from the client as they were not in view at the time of the stop.