Kutztown, Pennsylvania Criminal Lawyers

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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Mark Joseph Conte
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Pennsylvania Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience

My name is Mark Conte and I am partner at the Kelly Law Firm in West Chester, PA. I spent over fifteen years in the Chester County District Attorney's Office where I was ultimately promoted to a Deputy District... Read More »
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Kevin Feeney
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Pennsylvania Criminal Law Lawyer with 28 years experience

I have been a full time criminal defense lawyer for 29 years. I have tried numerous jury trials and I am Rule 801 qualified to handle death penalty cases. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has specific guidelines as to who... Read More »
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Jacob A Gurwitz
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Pennsylvania Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience

Why wait? Call or book a free consultation, and let's talk about your case. ********** ***** OFFICE APPT -- https://bit.ly/2EAj95T ********************************** ***** WEBSITE: https://www.feeneygurwitz.com/... Read More »
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Charles E. Dutko Jr.
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Kutztown, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 3 years experience
(888) 237-9848 15525 Kutztown Road
Suite B
Kutztown, PA 19530
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Pennsylvania State University - Dickinson School of Law
Joel Aaron Ready
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Blandon, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 3 years experience
(610) 926-7875 8500 Allentown Pike
Suite 3
Blandon, PA 19510
Criminal, Business, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Regent University School of Law
I am a litigation attorney practicing primarily in the Reading area, and the editor of www.SCOPAreview.com, a website providing coverage of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. In my free time, I enjoy creating media, watching classic movies and everything about college football. During my law school career, I worked for Justice McClanahan of the Virginia Supreme Court, helped author an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States, obtained Regent Law’s “Eagle Award” for the top class grade from a former US Attorney-General on the law of war, and graduated in the top 10 of my class....
Steven Kellis
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Center Valley, PA Criminal Law Attorney
(610) 356-2000 3477 Corporate Parkway
Center Valley, PA 18034
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Villanova University School of Law
Our practice is strictly limited to Pennsylvania DUI Defense. We represent clients throughout the state of Pennsylvania and in the counties of Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Carbon, Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester, Bucks, Lancaster, and York.

As a former Senior Assistant District Attorney and DUI Prosecutor who has participated in hundreds of DUI-related trials, Steven Kellis has seen both sides of the law, and knows the many defenses to Pennsylvania drunk driving charges. He has handled cases like yours for over 25 years and can give straightforward advice about your arrest. Mr. Kellis has been named “Top 10 Best DUI Lawyers” and “Top...
Kevin Feeney
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Reading, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(610) 378-7000 500 Court Street
Reading, PA 19601
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Juvenile
Dickinson School of Law and Westminster College
I have been a full time criminal defense lawyer for 29 years. I have tried numerous jury trials and I am Rule 801 qualified to handle death penalty cases. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has specific guidelines as to who can handle the most serious cases. Very few lawyers have the experience or training to handle these case. I do. I can handle your criminal case. Call me.
Michael Keith Hollinger
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(610) 393-4838 18 Marshall Avenue
Reading, PA 19606
Free ConsultationReading, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Michael Hollinger is an attorney with over 21 years experience in providing aggressive yet compassionate legal representation. Mr. Hollinger is the principal at the Law Office of Michael Hollinger (est. 2009) where he continues to focus on defending those whose legal rights - and freedoms - are jeopardized. He has represented adults and juveniles at the pretrial, trial and post-trial levels. He has litigated major felony trials with highly successful results.

Attorney Hollinger also represents husbands and wives, mothers and fathers in the complex areas of Family Law. He provides passionate representation in divorce, custody, child...
Eric Michael Gibson
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Wyomissing, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(610) 685-8000 1118 Penn Avenue
Wyomissing, PA 19610
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Eric grew up in Maryland then attended college at Gettysburg. He went on to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Ryan William McAllister
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Reading, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(610) 372-5128 602-604 Court Street
Reading, PA 19601
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Villanova University School of Law
Ryan McAllister is a founding partner of Ebner, Nevins & McAllister, LLC. He practices primarily in the areas of criminal defense and Driving Under The Influence Defense (DUI). He has successfully represented clients in all types of criminal matters, ranging from traffic offenses at the district justice level to jury trials involving serious felonies. Additionally, Attorney McAllister handles family law matters, including divorce, custody, and support. He also handles landlord / tenant matters in the magisterial district courts and the court of common pleas.

Mr. McAllister is a graduate of the Villanova University School of Law in Villanova, Pennsylvania,...
Andrea E. Mertz
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(610) 376-5250 645 Penn Street
Suite 500
Reading, PA 19601
Free ConsultationReading, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
Criminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
American University Washington College of Law
Andrea E. Mertz is an attorney with Polyak Law Office, P.C. Ms. Mertz's practice focuses on defending vigorously the rights of the criminally accused. She has 18 years of experience in representing individuals at the pretrial and trial levels of adjudication. She has a background of helping individuals overcome significant challenges and obstacles in their lives. Ms. Mertz received her Juris Doctor from American University in Washington, D.C. in 1996, and her Bachelors of Arts from Purdue University. She is a member of the state bars of Pennsylvania and Maryland and the federal bar of the...
Jacob A Gurwitz
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Reading, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(610) 378-7000 500 Court Street
Reading, PA 19601
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Why wait? Call or book a free consultation, and let's talk about your case. **********
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Jacob A. Gurwitz is a criminal trial lawyer at Feeney & Gurwitz in Reading, Pennsylvania. He has litigated numerous criminal matters involving disorderly conduct, DUI, murder and other violent crimes, and more. He serves a wide range of criminal clients in the Berks, Lancaster, Allentown, and Pottsville, Pennsylvania, areas.
Mr. Gurwitz received a full scholarship to the University of Texas at Dallas, where he was elected as student body president, and earned a bachelor's degrees in government and political...
Aman 'Tip' Barber III
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Center Valley, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(610) 462-1452 3477 Corporate Parkway
Center Valley, PA 18034
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Villanova University School of Law
I offer reasonable rates for all legal matters and a no charge initial consultation. Call today at 610-462-1452 --- I represent personal and corporate clients throughout southestern Pennsylvania in matters involving personal injury; driving under the influence, DUI; driving while ability impaired, DWAI; driving after imbibing, DAI, corporate law; commercial litigation; estate planning and estate administration. Call or email me to arrange a no charge consultation. Evening and weekend hours available. Reasonable rates for all legal matters
James Matthew Polyak
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Reading, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(610) 376-5250 645 Penn Street
Suite 500
Reading, PA 19601
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and White Collar Crime
Reading, PA attorney James Polyak specializes in criminal defense. He is a graduate of Penn State and Widener University School of Law. After law school, he completed his internship at The Berks County District Attorney's Office in Reading, PA. In 1992, he was hired by The Berks County District Attorney as a full time Assistant District Attorney, where he prosecuted crimes including Robbery, Rape, Burglary, Drug Possession, Theft, Assault and DUI. In 1994, he was promoted to Chief Prosecutor of the Child Abuse Unit of the District Attorney's Office. After gaining valuable experience as a prosecuting attorney in Reading, PA,...
Anne M. Gibson
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Wyomissing, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(610) 685-8000 1118 Penn Avenue
Wyomissing, PA 19610
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Anne has been a practicing attorney since 2007. She began her work by clerking for the now President Judge of the Lancaster Court of Common Pleas, the Honorable Dennis Reinaker. Anne then pursued her legal career helping individuals who are unable to afford attorney on their own as a trial attorney in the Lancaster County Public Defenders Office. Anne along with her Husband became partners at Bentley, Gibson, Kopecki, Smith, P.C. where she practices Family Law cases, including Divorce and Child Custody as well as handling DUI and other Criminal Law matters.
Curtis Elwyn Barnes
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Reading, PA Criminal Law Attorney
(610) 775-9316 530 Walnut Street
Reading, PA 19601-3419
Criminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Have you been accused of a crime in Reading? Are you considering the option of filing for bankruptcy? Do you need help in a family law case? You should contact Attorney Curtis Barnes and his team to learn how he could help you. Curtis is a graduate of the Florida State University in Tallahassee where he studied Criminology. As a student, he worked at the Florida State Attorney General’s Office where he was able to gain experience in investigating criminal offenses. He then went on to attend the Delaware Law School of Widener University where he graduated with his law...
Michael J. Donohue
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Allentown, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(610) 740-4402 535 Hamilton Street
Suite 102
Allentown, PA 18101
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Since his admission to the Bar in 2005, Attorney Michael Donohue has practiced criminal law almost exclusively. Over the course of the past decade, Attorney Donohue has gained invaluable experience from nearly every position in the courtroom. As a law clerk working for a criminal judge, Attorney Donohue learned how criminal law judges resolve important factual and legal issues while reaching their verdicts. He also honed persuasive research and writing skills that can often be the difference in particularly complex and technical litigation. As an Assistant Public Defender, Attorney Michael Donohue learned how...
Leighton Cohen
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Allentown, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 42 years experience
(610) 433-8933 465 W Linden Street
Allentown, PA 18102
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Divorce
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Attorney Leighton Cohen is an experienced family lawyer in the Lehigh Valley. From his office in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Leighton Cohen proudly serves clients throughout Lehigh County and the surrounding area, including Bethlehem and Easton. Aggressive in the pursuit of victim's rights.
Kathryn Elizabeth Roberts
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Allentown, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(484) 695-7023 527 Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Juvenile and Traffic Tickets
Villanova University School of Law
Most experienced trial attorney in Lehigh County (89 jury trials in past 17 years) Practicing in both state and federal courts, including 3rd Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court. Former law clerk to President Judge of Lehigh County. Rated "expert" in Criminal Defense by Nat'l Assoc of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDL). Certified in capital/death penalty homicide cases. Fluent in French, working knowledge of Spanish, interpreter available for Arabic
Igor Litvinov
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Reading, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(610) 396-5405 606 N. 5th Street
Reading, PA 19601
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DUI and Family
Attorney Igor Litvinov is the founder and practitioner at the Litvinov Law Firm. The Litvinov Law Firm specializes in the practice of Family and Criminal Law.
Victor M. Frederick IV
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READING, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(484) 938-8529 3608 St. Lawrence Avenue
Suite 101
READING, PA 19606
Criminal, Family, Landlord Tenant and Traffic Tickets
Widener University Commonwealth Law School
I have unique experience to offer you as your attorney. I served for 8 years in Law Enforcement as a Patrol Officer and a Detective, and 12 years as a local Magisterial District Judge. This experience is particularly beneficial to my Criminal Defense Clients and my Landlord Tenant Clients. Our office is friendly and honest. If we can't help you, we will make sure you are directed to someone who can.
Mr. Jeffrey Robert Pratz
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Wyomissing, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 10 years experience
2 Woodland Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610
Criminal, Business, Consumer and DUI
Widener University Delaware School of Law and Rowan University
Michael J. Cammarano Jr.
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Shillington, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(610) 375-3320 219 E. Lancaster Ave.
Shillington, PA 19607
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, DUI and Family
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Daniel Patrick Emkey
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West Reading, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(610) 200-6103 326 Penn Ave
West Reading, PA 19611
Criminal and DUI
Widener University
As a Berks County native, Daniel Emkey understands its citizens and truly cares for their well-being. He believes strongly in the legal system and pursued his career in defending the people’s rights. Daniel earned his Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law where he was a member of the Harrisburg Civil Law Clinic and participated in the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program. He went on to work at the Berks County District Attorney’s office as the Assistant District attorney. His time as a prosecutor gave Daniel special insight that he uses to help his current clients. He now heads his...
Adam W. Bompadre
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Douglassville, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(484) 505-0188 403 Glenwood Drive
Douglassville, PA 19518
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Attorney Bompadre is a graduate of B. Reed Henderson Senior High School in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Following high school, he attended West Chester University, where he graduated with a Batchelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 1989. After graduating from West Chester University, Attorney Bompadre began his career in the criminal justice field as an Adult Probation and Parole Officer in Chester County. During his employment with the Chester County Adult Probation department, he attended numerous training seminars sponsored by the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. Attorney Bompadre also attended the Delaware County Municipal Police Academy...
Henry Charles Markofski
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Gilbertsville, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 37 years experience
(610) 367-4444 1258 East Philadelphia Avenue
Gilbertsville, PA 19525
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Charles graduated from the Hill School in 1973 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Catholic University of America in 1977. He received a Juris Doctor degree from the Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware in 1981. Charles was hired as an Assistant District Attorney in Montgomery County from 1981 to 1985. Charles was admitted to practice before the following Courts: Supreme Court of Pennsylvania - 1981 U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania - 1984 Supreme Court of Florida - 1984 United States Patent and Trademark Office – 1992 He went on to...
Joseph Andres Guillama
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Reading, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(610) 750-5941 645 Penn Street Suite 500
Reading, PA 19601
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Lauren M. Marks
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(610) 743-3449 720 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601
Free ConsultationReading, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 10 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Duquesne University
I am an experienced trial attorney specializing in family and criminal law. I am frequently appointed by the court to represent children in highly litigious custody cases as a Guardian ad Litem.
Daniel Craig Nevins
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Reading, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(610) 372-5128 602-604 Court Street
Reading, PA 19601
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Juvenile
Dickinson School of Law
Robert Kirwan
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Reading, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(610) 777-6760 100 N. Kenhorst Blvd
Reading, PA 19607
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Attorney Robert J Kirwan II is one of Pennsylvania's top Criminal Defense attorneys. With an extensive record of "Not Guilty" verdicts in major criminal trials. Mr. Kirwan is also a well-known Personal Injury Trial Attorney with several million dollars in settlements and verdicts for clients over the past 27 years.

Mr. Kirwan is well versed in State and Federal Law and is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and before the United States Supreme Court, as well in multiple US District Courts.

A former government prosecutor, Mr. Kirwan uses that training and expertise to zealously defend his clients in all...
Michael J. Cammarano
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Shillington, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(610) 375-3320 219 E. Lancaster Ave.
Shillington, PA 19607
Criminal, Business, Family and Juvenile
Widener University Delaware School of Law
E. Edward Qaqish
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Reading, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(610) 297-5705 30 Village Center Drive, Suite 9
Reading, PA 19607
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Widener University
Ed Qaqish began this practice in an effort to provide efficient and competent representation to residents of the Lehigh Valley.
Attorney Qaqish was raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Following his graduation from Liberty High School, he went on to study at the Kutztown University of Pennsylvania where he graduated in 2006 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in History.

After college, Attorney Qaqish enrolled at Widener University’s School of Law in Harrisburg. During his three years of dedication, he excelled in the study of law, was named a Widener Merit Scholar, and served as an Internal Editor for the Widener...
Michael Applebaum
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Allentown, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 51 years experience
(610) 253-5400 527 Hamilton Street
Lower Level
Allentown, PA 18101
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...
Christopher Paul Mullaney
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Red Hill, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(215) 679-7931 598 Main St
PO Box 24
Red Hill, PA 18076
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Christopher P. Mullaney graduated Cum Laude from Widener University School of Law. While at Widener University, he was a member of the Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Society and was President of the American Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Mullaney is a graduate of the Hill School and Gettysburg College where he majored in Psychology. Mr. Mullaney is engaged in criminal, civil, business, real estate, family and Orphans’ Court matters in Montgomery, Bucks, Berks, Chester, and Lehigh counties. He is admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In addition to trial...
Adam R. Weaver
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Lehighton, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(570) 818-4888 1407 Blakeslee Blvd Dr E
Lehighton, PA 18235
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Family
Adam R. Weaver, Esquire is a graduate of Ohio Northern College of Law in 2008. He graduated with a double major in Philosophy and Psychology from Duquesne University in 2005. Attorney Weaver is also a proud graduate of 2010 Class of Leadership Carbon sponsored by the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce. After graduating law school in 2008, for approximately five years, Attorney Weaver began his legal career working for a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee and honed his skills in the practice of bankruptcy. In September, 2013, Attorney Weaver opened his own law office in Lehighton, Pennsylvania.

Attorney Weaver has a general...
Paul Stewart Missan
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Reading, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(610) 376-0600 18 N 6th St
Reading, PA 19601
Criminal and DUI
James L. Markofski
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Gilbertsville, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(610) 367-4444 1258 East Philadelphia Ave
Gilbertsville, PA 19525
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
James attended Malvern Preparatory School and is a 1978 graduate of Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School of Kingston, Pennsylvania. James also attended the University of Miami and University of Scranton, graduating in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. In 1986, James was awarded a Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University School of Law. From 1986 through 1989, James was a Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney on the Major Crimes Unit and the Sex Crimes Unit, which he captained toward the end of his tenure with the DA's Office. Upon concluding his career as a prosecutor, James joined...
William S Kreisher
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Bloomsburg, PA Criminal Law Lawyer
(570) 784-5211 401 S Market Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17851
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Estate Planning
Osmer Sage Deming
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Reading, PA Criminal Law Lawyer
(610) 372-4910 Deming Law Office
519 Walnut Street
Reading, PA 19601
Criminal, Business, DUI and Insurance Claims
John Waldron
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Allentown, PA Criminal Law Attorney
(610) 435-9790 801 Hamilton Street Suite 500
Allentown, PA 18101
Criminal and DUI
Allentown, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(484) 268-1175 512 W. Walnut Street
Allentown, PA 18101
Criminal and Personal Injury
Syracuse University College of Law
Allentown, PA Criminal Law Lawyer
(610) 820-5450 33 S. Seventh Street
Allentown, PA 18101
Criminal, DUI and Medical Malpractice
Reading, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(610) 375-0412 606 Court St
Reading, PA 19601
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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.