Attorney Ogden recently represented a large group of people whose license was suspended long after they were convicted of an offense. In some case, ten years later.
The issue before the Court concerned an appeal from the notice of Suspension that was severely delayed. The law had always been that if the delay was not the fault of PennDot, there could be no relief.
The cases arose out of an audit performed by the Honorable Don O’Shell, Clerk of Courts of York County to determine whether his office was properly handling the reporting of certain convictions to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
As a result of the audit, approximately 4,300 convictions for crimes like DUI, small amount of marijuana, paraphernalia and driving under suspension, were never reported to PennDot. Therefore, no suspensions was issued. The oldest conviction was from 2003.
Attorney Ogden fought the case to the Pe Supreme Court. Along the way the Clerk of Courts fought with private lawyers to make the suspensions legal.
Eventually, after years of legal wrangling, and with other lawyers now filing appeals too, the Commonwealth Court made a new rule.