A Pennsylvania Criminal Charge Can Ruin Your Life If You Let It!
If you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime in Pennsylvania, I’m sure you’ve thought a lot about what you should do. But do you know the answer to each of these four questions?
- Do you know how will you defend yourself, your rights, and your freedom against the charges?
- Where can you find a lawyer in Pennsylvania with the right experience in criminal defense?
- Do you understand what penalties you face if you are found guilty?
- Do you understand how a conviction can impact the rest of your life?
Anyone who’s been arrested has to feel nervous and fearful about what they are facing. To be completely honest with you–you may be facing a charge that can have severe outcomes.
Our attorneys have defended hundreds of people just like you. We’ve seen cases that may look hopeless at first, but can be beaten or dismissed. And in most cases, there is a way to take away the risk of the most severe penalties.
If you’ve come to this site looking for information about a criminal defense issues, we’re glad you’ve found this site, and there’s a good chance we can help you.
The state must overcome the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt before you can be convicted. As your criminal defense attorney, it is our job to not let them get away with anything less.
There are potentially dozens defenses that we can use, depending on the circumstances of your case. And after a thorough analysis of the facts of the case and studying the police report, we can determine what defense strategy makes the most sense. And of course, we’ll be ready to raise any objections possible to any alleged evidence against you.
But we’re just getting started…
Help! I’ve Been Arrested! What Do I Do Next?
First, don’t panic. There are a lot of steps to go through, and many opportunities for us to assert and defend your rights as a defendant. In all criminal cases, the burden of proof is on the prosecution.
Simply put, the prosecuting DA must prove that 1) a crime was committed, and b) you committed it.
That may sound simpler than it actually is, especially if we can challenge any or all of the steps along the way, such as:
- Did the police officer follow proper arrest procedures?
- Were you identified as a suspect legally and properly?
- Were you were properly advised of all your rights according to the law?
- Was any search conducted in accordance with all the laws of the state and federal government?
- If there were any any scientific tests conducted, were they fair, accurate and done in a recognized, standardized way by experts in the field?
We are prepared to file any necessary motions for discovery about any evidence the prosecution may have that could prove or suggest your innocence! There may be police videotapes, or other information that could help our defense.
And there’s much more…
Proven, Successful Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Strategies
There are dozens of different tactics and strategies we can use in your defense. We can challenge every aspect of the prosecution’s case against you, and we’ll take that job very seriously. We will fight to keep the system honest, for you, the client, and all future defendants who are accused of a crime by our government.
Specifically, it sometimes makes sense to use “due process” arguments where, I challenge the prosecution on whether any evidence against you was fairly and legally obtained. The specifics really depend on the fact of your individual case. But in handling countless criminal cases, it’s your lawyers job to use the right experience and knowledge to draw on the successful defenses that have worked in the past to help your case.
In order to have the best opportunity for success in your case, you need to have an experienced Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer on your side. Otherwise, you just might miss some of the best defense tactics with which to fight the case.
Now, we can’t promise that I can beat your case. No ethical attorney would do that. But we can promise to study your case thoroughly, and use all our experience to find the best strategy for your specific case. A strong working theory of the case is particularly important if we present your case to a jury at trial.
If it seems to be in your best interest, we are prepared to accept a fair plea agreement. Some clients don’t want to fight, and just want to get on with their lives, and that’s a legitimate and understandable position. So if you fit in that category, we’ll make sure you get a fair shake from the DA. And you don’t usually have to decide right away whether you want to fight or plead, it may depend on how good your case is.
Either way, a good defense attorney will always look to defend a case as if I’m going to fight it at trial. That’s often how the best results are obtained. And if the DA knows that your attorney is ready and willing to take them on, they might be prepared to make an even better plea offer.
Still Not Sure What to Do? Take Advantage of a Free Consultation
There is plenty more I can tell you in general about fighting criminal cases, but the easiest thing for you to do is to call for a free Pennsylvania criminal defense legal consultation.
Look, we know you have lots of questions. And, not to be too immodest, we have the answers you need. We can talk over the phone if that’s easier for you, that’s usually how it works. Or we can arrange an office visit.
In your consultation, you’ll get an honest assessment of your case (please bring your police report and any court documents). You can find out how strong the case against you looks, and we can discuss some suggested defenses. You’ll get the benefit of an experienced legal opinion, whether you decide to hire or not.
And you’ll find out, up front, how much it would cost to defend you. Fees depend on the seriousness and complexity of your case, and how many court dates it will take to resolve it. But you’ll be glad to know in most cases, we offer flat rate pricing for your defense, so you won’t face any surprise legal bills.
If you’ve been arrested and are facing criminal prosecution in Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, or across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania), you owe it to yourself and your future to make sure you’ve done everything you can to defend your rights and your freedom. Call and take advantage of a no obligation consultation.
There is absolutely no risk on your part–and you’ll discover exactly what your rights and options are. You’ll get some valuable free advice on your case, and you’ll gain a much better understanding of the options available to you.