Bucks County, Pennsylvania Criminal Lawyers

Lee Anthony Ciccarelli
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Pennsylvania Criminal Law Attorney with 30 years experience

Lee Ciccarelli is the founder of Ciccarelli Law Offices: a Pennsylvania Litigation Law Firm focusing in Personal Injury, Criminal Defense and Family Law matters. Ciccarelli Law firm takes on tough cases and fights for... Read More »
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Joshua Evan Tebay
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Rated as a top trial lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Assoc.

Joshua Tebay is a passionate personal injury and criminal defense attorney at Ciccarelli Law Offices in West Chester. He believes strongly that as an attorney he has the responsibility to maintain unquestioned... Read More »
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Zachary Cooper
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Pennsylvania Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience

Pennsylvania DUI Lawyer Zachary B. Cooper devotes 100 percent of his legal practice to defending accused drunk drivers. His experience as a former prosecutor gives him a distinct advantage when defending Pennsylvania DUI... Read More »
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Steve Edward Jarmon Jr.
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Rated as a top criminal lawyer by the National Trial Lawyer's Association.

Steve E. Jarmon is a partner at Lamb McErlane PC and has spent his entire legal career practicing Criminal Law in Chester County, PA and the Greater Philadelphia Area. His primary focus in defending the rights of his... Read More »
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John M. Kenney
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Aggressive Attorney! Personalized & Quality Criminal Defense Representation!

I am a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. I have the experience needed to obtain the best possible outcome in your case. Visit my website to learn more about your legal rights and options, call for a consultation. Read More »
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Dawn Padanyi
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(267) 217-3296 196 W. Ashland Street, Suite 307
Doylestown, PA 18901
Criminal, Arbitration & Mediation, DUI and Family
Syracuse University
Dawn Padanyi is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Syracuse University College of Law where she was the Co-Director of the Grant Opportunity Program and a member of the Community Development Law Clinic While at Syracuse, Ms. Padanyi was chosen to receive two grants to perform legal work at the local and state level. Ms. Padanyi is a Pennsylvania and Massachusetts licensed attorney. She is a member of the Bucks County Bar Association as well as the Pennsylvania Bar Association. She is also proud to be selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Bucks...
Richard R. Fink
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 47 years experience
(215) 741-1212 44 East Court Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
Criminal, DUI, Immigration and Juvenile
Temple University
Bucks County criminal defense attorney Richard R. Fink is both highly experienced and dedicated to seeking the best possible outcome for clients who face the complete range of possible criminal charges, from felonies, homicides and drug charges to summary offenses. His combination of experience with the criminal justice system and his dedication and expertise allows him to pursue creative approaches that have resulted in dismissals, acquittals, reduced charges and alternative penalties in all types of criminal cases. He has tried every type of criminal case, from mass murder trials to trials for summary offenses and traffic tickets.

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Scott MacNair
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(215) 348-1776 107 East Oakland Avenue
Doylestown, PA 18901
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Municipal and Traffic Tickets
Villanova University School of Law
Scott MacNair is a graduate of the Villanova University School of Law. He began his legal career in 1998 with the Pennsylvania State Education Association where he specialized in labor and education law. In 1999, he obtained a judicial clerkship with a Court of Common Pleas Judge, the Honorable Linda K.M. Ludgate, in Berks County, Pennsylvania. In 2001, Scott obtained employment as an Assistant District Attorney with the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office. In 2004, he was promoted to Chief of Narcotics with the District Attorney’s Office. In 2005, he was promoted to Deputy District...
Daniel Martin Keane
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(215) 348-1776 107 East Oakland Avenue
Doylestown, PA 18901
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Daniel M. Keane is a Shareholder in the firm. Dan’s main areas of practice include family law, DUI defense, dependency, general criminal defense, civil litigation and Orphan’s Court litigation. He is a member of the Bucks County Children & Youth Attorney Conflict List representing parents in dependency and termination of parental rights matters, and is currently serving as a conflict attorney for the Office of Guardian Ad Litem in which he is appointed by the court to represent children in dependency proceedings. In addition, Dan is a member of the Bucks County Orphan’s Court Attorney Appointment List in which he...
Joseph J. Marinaro
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(215) 364-8863 421 Bustleton Pike
Feasterville, PA 19053
Free ConsultationCriminal, Construction, DUI and Personal Injury
Temple University
I have over 30 years of experience in handling claims for individuals and businesses. I take pride in handling all services for clients on a personal basis. Clients speak with me directly when calling without having to go through receptionists, secretaries and voice prompts. If I am out of the office, voice mail messages and e-mails are returned promptly on the same day within hours.
Greg Prosmushkin
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(215) 297-6333 538 Street Road
Southampton, PA 18966
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Temple University
The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., provides a full complement of legal services to people in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We are proud of the individualized representation we are able to provide our clients, whether they are in need of a green card, Personal injury compensation or Criminal Defense representation. Our experienced attorneys and staff are fluent in several languages, including Spanish, Russian, Polish and Ukrainian. We take the time to thoroughly discuss each client's needs and goals, and maintain good communication throughout the duration of each case. For a free consultation with one of our lawyers, please...
Ellis B. Klein
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(800) 536-0501 301 Oxford Valley Rd
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Yardley, PA 19067
Free ConsultationBucks County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years experience
Criminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Widener University Delaware School of Law
25 office locations throughout Pennsylvania. Call for nearest office location.

I am a former Senior Deputy District Attorney with personal experience in over 10,000 Criminal cases, ranging from minor traffic offenses to homicide. Over the past 25+ years of practice I have worked with thousands of police officers and have appeared in court on countless occasions. We know the system and all of the tricks the police use to gain an advantage. Few attorneys possess my firm’s background and extensive experience in this area of the law.

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John M. Kenney
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 36 years experience
(215) 547-3031 308 N Oxford Valley Rd
Fairless Hills, PA 19030
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Keith J. Williams Esq.
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 36 years experience
(215) 340-1134 43 South Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Keith J. Williams, Esq. has dedicated his professional career to defending and protecting the rights of his clients. For over 30 years, Keith J. Williams has been practicing law in Buck County, Montgomery County, Lehigh County, Philadelphia and surrounding areas. His practice focuses on representing individuals in a variety of matters including: Criminal Defense, DUI (driving under the influence), Juvenile Law and Traffic Violations, Personal Injury and Unemployment Compensation. In addition, he is qualified under PA Rule 801 to handle death penalty cases. “I believe that everyone deserves the best possible representation available regardless of age, race, sexual...
Daniel J. Schatz
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(267) 895-1795 501 Cambria Avenue Suite 150
Bensalem, PA 19020
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Villanova University School of Law
Shawn M Brothwell
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Pennsylvania Criminal Law Attorney

Shawn is an important part of the Criminal Defense, DUI and Domestic Litigation team at Ciccarelli Law Offices. Shawn Brothwell was born and raised in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania. Shawn stayed in the area... Read More »
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Evan Kelly
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Aggressive and experienced former prosecutor

Mr. Kelly has represented numerous individuals, such as professional athletes and elected officials in high profile criminal cases. -Mr. Kelly has obtained the highest possible rating of "10" by AVVO -named one of... Read More »
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Craig David Becker
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(215) 510-8552 501 Cambria Avenue
Bensalem, PA 19020
Criminal, Education and Juvenile
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Special Education and Criminal Defense Attorney - representing students who have been denied an appropriate and effective education Craig David Becker, Esq. received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the recipient of a James Wilson Merit Scholarship. Mr. Becker began representing individuals while still attending law school and won his first not guilty verdict and suppression motion prior to graduation. He is a former Assistant Public Defender for Chester County, Pennsylvania, where he represented defendants in high profile felony cases and other serious offenses. Mr. Becker also worked in the...
Michael Applebaum
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 51 years experience
(215) 977-4525 3910 Bristol Pike
Bensalem, PA 19020
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Personal Injury
Attorney Michael H. Applebaum has tried hundreds of cases and represented thousands of clients in his over 40 years of practicing law in Pennsylvania. His professionalism, conversational style, statesmanlike honesty and tenacious trial methods have earned him the respect of Judges, jurors, clients, associates, and the community as a whole. Perhaps one of the most difficult and best known cases in which Michael H. Applebaum was involved was the murder of a Philadelphia teenager named Eddie Polec on November 11, 1994 about which the book In Eddie’s Name: One Family’s Triumph over Tragedy was written. In 1960, entered...
Paul Young
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer
(215) 515-6389 3554 Hulmeville Rd #102
Bensalem, PA 19020
Criminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and White Collar Crime
Founder of Young, Marr & Associates. Representing clients in criminal defense, bankruptcy, and social security disability matters in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Thomas Logan
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(215) 752-0600 1915 Polo Run Drive
Yardley, PA 19067
Free ConsultationCriminal, Civil Rights, DUI and White Collar Crime
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Ayla O'Brien
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(215) 495-9860 37 South Clinton Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Marc Stolee
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(215) 788-3400 132 Mill St
Bristol, PA 19007
Free ConsultationCriminal, Estate Planning, Personal Injury and Tax
Carla Risoldi
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(215) 862-1900 2 Market Place
New Hope, PA 18938
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
Carla Risoldi, a highly-rated attorney, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated from Fordham University School of Law and was an Assistant District Attorney in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Carla opened RISOLDI LAW OFFICES, LLC in 1994 and has been serving satisfied clients in areas of family law (divorce, custody, support, protection from abuse) and criminal defense (DUI/DWI, misdemeanors, felonies, drug cases, juvenile court, traffic offenses, drivers licensing issues) and general practice since then. She practices in Pennsylvania and New...
Andre Dover
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(215) 781-9500 10 Canal Sreet
Suite 204
Bristol, PA 19007
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Family and Personal Injury
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Thaddeus Mikulski Jr.
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 42 years experience
(609) 316-0170 308 N. Oxford Valley Rd
Fairless Hills, PA 19030
Criminal, Employment, Legal Malpractice and Medical Malpractice
The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America
Thaddeus "Ted" Mikulski is a passionate and committed advocate for persons who have been harmed or wronged by the acts of others. He represents individuals on claims involving employee rights, legal malpractice, consumer rights, serious personal injury, medical malpractice, civil rights and workers' compensation. He also represents businesses in litigation and he counsels business owners on diverse legal matters including employment law issues, litigation avoidance, contract negotiations and insurance coverage disputes. As a former prosecutor, he also represents individuals charged with crimes and traffic offenses. In his thirty-seven years of practice, Thaddeus Mikulski has helped more than three thousand...
Sara Webster
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(215) 348-7700 87 N Broad St
Doylestown, PA 18901
Criminal and DUI
New England Law | Boston
Samuel Stretton
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Pennsylvania Criminal Law Attorney with 45 years experience

Samuel C Stretton has been an advocate and litigant since he graduated with a Doctor of Jurisprudence, Cum Laude in 1973 from Dickinson Law School. He began his career protecting the community as an Assistant... Read More »
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Timothy Kraeer
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Pennsylvania Criminal Law Attorney

Timothy Kraeer joins the office with unique and detailed experience in civil and criminal litigation. The firm takes on tough cases and fights for clients when they need it the most. - Lee Ciccarelli has over 25 years... Read More »
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Keith E. McAndrews
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(215) 752-5282 174 Middletown Blvd.
Suite 300
Langhorne, PA 19047
Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Attorney
Criminal and DUI
Daniel N. Schwartz
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Attorney
(215) 491-3500 2370 York Road
P.O. Box 100
Jamison, PA 18929
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Holly C. Fusco
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(609) 240-7265 668 Stony Hill Road, #28
Yardley, PA 19067
Criminal, Business, Civil Rights and Employment
Robert Amadeo Mancini
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Attorney
(215) 348-4900 279 South Main St.
Doylestown, PA 18901
Criminal
John Kenney
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(212) 547-3031 308 N Oxford Valley Rd
Fairless Hills, PA 19030
Free ConsultationCriminal
Ian J. Musselman
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(215) 828-1682 Po Box 185
Richboro, PA 18954
Criminal, Divorce, Family and IP
Keith J. Williams Esq.
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Bucks County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer
(877) 749-7249 87 North Broad
Suite 2
Doylestown, PA 18901
Criminal
Steven Fisher Fairlie Esquire
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Montgomery County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(215) 997-1000 1501 Lower State Road, Ste 304
North Wales, PA 19454
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Juvenile and White Collar Crime
Dickinson School of Law and Lafayette College
Steven Fairlie is a highly skilled trial lawyer with years of proven courtroom experience and quality recognized nationally through awards such as: "Pennsylvania SuperLawyer" for both Criminal Defense and Personal Injury, designated as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania and Top 100 Lawyers in Philadelphia as published in Philadelphia Magazine and numerous other organizations, "Top Rated Attorneys in Philadelphia" as published in The Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Legal Intelligencer; an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell; perfect 10.0 ratings for both Criminal Defense and Personal Injury on AVVO.com; "Nationwide Leaders in Criminal Defense" by Newsweek in...
Jeffrey Jacob Goldin
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Philadelphia County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(215) 437-3058 9637 Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19115
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Employment and Traffic Tickets
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Aggressive representation in and out of the courtroom. As a member of the litigation department at Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., I focus on ensuring my clients have zealous representation in all their matters. My primary practice focuses on; Personal Injury; Criminal Defense; DUI/DWI; Motor Vehicle and Traffic Offenses; Contract Disputes; Employee Wage Disputes and Unemployment Appeals. I am a member of several legal associations such as the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Philadelphia Bar Association, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association.
Linda Walters
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Montgomery County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer
(215) 836-1142 114 Montgomery Ave
Oreland, PA 19075
Free ConsultationCriminal, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Julia Theobald
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Pennsylvania Criminal Law Lawyer

Julia Alexa Theobald is an experienced litigation attorney who represents our clients in both Family Law and Criminal Law Matters. A political science major, she graduated from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland... Read More »
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Mr. Ryan L Hyde
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CONFIDENT, EXPERIENCED AND FIGHTING FOR YOU

Ryan Hyde is an experienced criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor. In addition to handling hundreds of DUI cases through all stages of trial Ryan served as a DUI ARD Coordinator and as one of lead... Read More »
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Samuel Gerald Forte Esq
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Philadelphia County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(215) 332-5888 9225 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19114
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Probate and Traffic Tickets
The Law Offices Of Samuel G. Forte, Esquire, located in N.E. Philadelphia, is a full service Law Firm providing a comprehensive range of Legal Services, with honesty and integrity, throughout Pennsylvania. Our Firm is dedicated to prompt Client communication and complete Client satisfaction. There is ample free parking and our office building is easily accessible by Public Transportation and all Roadways.
Carl Knapp
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Montgomery County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(215) 268-6333 809 N. Bethlehem Pike
Building F
Ambler, PA 19002
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Attorney Carl M. Knapp is an experienced family law attorney who handles cases involving child support, spousal support, divorce, alimony, property division, pre-nuptial agreements, custody, adoptions, name changes, and protection from abuse (PFA). Attorney Knapp represents clients in the Courts of Montgomery and Bucks County. He has over 25 years of experience helping clients with their family law issues.
He understands the pressures on families today, especially if the parties are separated. He can draw upon his years of experience litigating family law cases to advise clients on the best course of action for their specific situation. Having worked in the...
William McElroy
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Montgomery County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 32 years experience
101 E. Moreland Avenue
Hatboro, PA 19040
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Juvenile and Personal Injury
J.D. from Delaware Law School in 1986. Prosecutor until 1995. B.S. in Pharmacy 1979. Currently licensed to practice law and pharmacy in Pa.
John K. Conner
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Montgomery County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
8000 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Free ConsultationCriminal
Temple University
John K. Conner, Esquire is a trial lawyer with extensive trial experience having tried criminal and civil cases in Federal and State Courts. John's involvement in the Criminal Justice System spans over 30 years. Before becoming an attorney, John was a Federal Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for more than 11 years. After graduating from Temple University Law School, he began his legal career with the Law Firm of Cozen and O'Connor where he worked in the Insurance Fraud Department for 4 years. John started his own firm in 1995 focusing primarily on Criminal Defense Litigation....
Stephen Harold Lankenau
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Philadelphia County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(215) 331-8300 2824 Cottman Ave
Suite 10
Philadelphia, PA 19149
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Widener University Delaware School of Law
I was born and raised in the Delaware Valley. I have been practicing since 2003. I enjoy representing those people in the most need of help. Specifically, people facing criminal penalties and people injured through no fault of their own.
Jeremy C. Rosenbaum
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Montgomery County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer
(267) 625-8600 The Pavilion
261 Old York Road, Suite 302A
Jenkintown, PA 19046
Criminal, Civil Rights, DUI and Employment
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Leo Michael Mulvihill Jr.
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Philadelphia County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(215) 385-5291 2424 E York Street
Suite 316
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Criminal
Craig Bluestein
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Montgomery County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer
(215) 643-9000 Law Offices of Craig B. Bluestein, P.C.
7237 Hollywood Road
Fort Washington, PA 19034
Free ConsultationCriminal, Divorce, Family and Juvenile
William R. McLaughlin
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Philadelphia County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(215) 242-9000 6701 Germantown Avenue
Suite 210-7
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Criminal, Civil Rights, DUI and Real Estate
Robert Walter Muench
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Philadelphia County, PA Criminal Law Attorney
(215) 969-1540 9012 Cargill Ln
Philadelphia, PA 19115
Criminal and DUI
Lauren A Wimmer
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Pennsylvania Criminal Law Attorney

I am a tireless and successful advocate - let me fight for you! Call (215) 712-1212 to schedule your free consultation now. After years of experience as the judicial law clerk to a homicide judge in the Philadelphia... Read More »
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Jared M Smith
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Pennsylvania Criminal Law Lawyer

Jared is part of the Ciccarelli Law Offices Litigation team. After graduation from Penn State law school, Jared served as the Senior Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Jennifer Harlacher Sibum of the Monroe County... Read More »
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Bucks County Criminal Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania
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(267) 546-9200
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Arrested or facing criminal charges?

Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.

Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.

When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.


Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.