At our firm, we look at the bigger picture and determine the best course of legal action to take based on your situation. Our criminal defense lawyers will look at the entire process—from investigation to arrest—and ensure the rights of our clients were not and are not infringed upon at any point in the legal process. If it is found that their rights were violated, our team will use this as an aggressive part of our defense. The criminal defense attorneys at our firm are not afraid to fight and have had many successful trial outcomes to date.
Felony crimes are the most serious crimes one can be charged with. Often they involve lengthy jail sentences and will significantly adversely affect your life and your future. When you're charged with a felony it’s important to hire a lawyer experienced in dealing with these serious types of charges. Facing these charges with the right legal representation can make the difference between freedom and incarceration.
In Pennsylvania a misdemeanor charge can result in a sentence of up to five years of incarceration, as well as significant fines. Moreover, certain offenses including theft crimes can easily go from a misdemeanor to a felony based on an increase in the value of the item taken. Convictions for even minor misdemeanors, could disqualify you from certain careers or result in the denial of a professional license.
Numerous state and federal laws impose harsh punishments for drug trafficking, sale, and even mere possession of a variety of different substances. If you are found in possession of a sufficient quantity of a controlled substance, you will be treated as harshly as a drug trafficker. You may face prison time, fines, restitution, and other punishments if you are convicted. An arrest for a drug crime is no time to settle for anything else than the best legal representation.
Pennsylvania has cracked down hard on DUI in response to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and other public interest groups. Penalties can include incarceration, fines, suspension of your driver’s license, public service, alcohol awareness classes, and installation of an Ignition Interlock Device on your car. You can also face negative insurance consequences and loss of your job. With competent representation, however, you may be able to avoid jail even if you are convicted, provided it is your first offense.
Federal sentencing is often more harsh than state sentencing. Even being investigated for mere suspicion of committing a federal crime by a federal agency such as the IRS or the Drug Enforcement Agency can be incredibly stressful and burdensome, even more so without effective legal representation. We can help you navigate the federal criminal justice system.
Sexual assault and sexual harassment allegations have become a major issue on campuses across the country. Federal intervention and regulation has increased dramatically as a result of the Clery Act. Colleges and universities are now required to take swift action against those accused of sexual assault, harassment, or other campus crimes. Once such an accusation is made it can become very difficult for a student to transfer or apply for an advanced degree.
Military members can face career-ending penalties for behavior that would not be considered criminal in the civilian system. Furthermore, military prosecutions can involve significant military specific restrictions that you would not otherwise face in a civilian court. Fortunately, our founding partner is a former JAG officer with experience defending people in your position.
Probation violations can result in significant increased punishment and even exposure to jail. This is true even if the underlying offense was your first criminal violation. It’s important, if you are accused of violating the terms of your probation, to contact an attorney familiar with the system. There are many ways to fight a probation violation charge that could keep you out of jail.
Our attorneys stand ready to provide each of our clients with the representation that they need and ensure that they receive a favorable outcome for their case. No case is too big or too small for our firm to handle, and with more than 46 years of combined legal experience, you can rest assured that your case is in good hands.
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