Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania Criminal Lawyers

J. T. Herber III
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Schuylkill County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(570) 622-5933 Ten Westwood Road
P.O. Box 1190
Pottsville, PA 17901
Criminal, Business, DUI and Personal Injury
Wake Forest University School of Law and Lafayette College
J.T. Herber, III primarily practices in the fields of criminal defense and civil litigation, including personal injury. His criminal defense practice includes the representation of clients facing felony and misdemeanor charges, as well as serious traffic violations in the Courts of Common Pleas throughout central and eastern Pennsylvania. Attorney Herber previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in Schuylkill County. In civil cases, J.T. represents plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of civil disputes, including personal injury and wrongful death cases, as well as real estate, commercial, construction, landlord-tenant, and collections matters. Despite being...
Gary David Marchalk
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Schuylkill County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer
(570) 668-5321 204 E Broad St
Tamaqua, PA 18252
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Schuylkill County, PA Criminal Law Attorney
(570) 622-6200 104 N Centre St
Pottsville, PA 17901
Criminal and DUI
Schuylkill County, PA Criminal Law Attorney
(570) 462-1219 4 E Centre St
Shenandoah, PA 17976
Criminal, DUI, Municipal and Real Estate
Schuylkill County, PA Criminal Law Attorney
(570) 366-1444 3010 Ridgeview Dr
Orwigsburg, PA 17961
Criminal, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Schuylkill County, PA Criminal Law Attorney
(570) 429-0326 101 S 2nd St
St Clair, PA 17970
Criminal, DUI and Estate Planning
Schuylkill County, PA Criminal Law Attorney
(570) 628-1350 401 N 2nd St
Pottsville, PA 17901
Criminal, Business, DUI and Real Estate
Schuylkill County, PA Criminal Law Attorney
(570) 622-8190 510 W Market St
Pottsville, PA 17901
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Schuylkill County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer
(570) 622-8370 601 W Market St
Pottsville, PA 17901
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Northumberland County, PA Criminal Law Attorney
(570) 648-5757 146 E Independence St
Shamokin, PA 17872
Criminal and Real Estate
Northumberland County, PA Criminal Law Attorney
(570) 648-5724 12 W Lincoln St
Shamokin, PA 17872
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Evan Kelly
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(610) 314-7066 934 E High St.
#2
Pottstown, PA 19464
Free ConsultationMontgomery County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Juvenile and Personal Injury
Villanova University School of Law
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 the top 100 criminal defense attorney's in the State of Pennsylvania by the National Trial Lawyers in 2014-2019.

- ranked in the top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Pennsylvania by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.

Named a SUPERLAWYER 2017-2019

Certified by the Pennsylvania Bar Association to handle Death Penalty cases and has handled several high profile murder cases.

Additionally, Mr. Kelly has also...
Lee Anthony Ciccarelli
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(610) 981-1006 Reading , PA 19601
Free ConsultationBerks County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 30 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
The George Washington University Law School
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 clients when they need it the most. ...
Roy L. Galloway III
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Dauphin County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(717) 737-3300 4309 Linglestown Rd.
Suite 107
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Dickinson School of Law
Roy L. Galloway, Attorney at Law, was born in New Orleans, LA. After graduating with honors from Clark Atlanta University, where he earned his degree in political science, Roy went on to attend Pennsylvania State Dickinson School of Law, which is where he received his Juris Doctor. Now, he's admitted to practice law in every Pennsylvania court. Before he established his own practice, Roy was an associate at a distinguished law firm in Pottstown, PA. There, he focused on all manner of family law. Roy moved up to a larger law office based out of Lemoyne, PA,...
Michael Worgul
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Dauphin County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(412) 231-9869 600 N. 3rd St.
Ste B
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Duquesne University School of Law
My name is Michael Worgul. I was born and raised right here in Pittsburgh, and it’s probably no surprise that I’ve settled down here too. I went to Duquesne University for my college and law degrees; right after being admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 2004, I joined Arthur Bloom & Associates, LLC, a small private practice. I later joined the Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel for two years, representing indigent criminal defendants who needed legal help. I’m a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, Criminal Litigation section, as well as a member of the Pennsylvania State Bar...
Joshua Evan Tebay
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Lancaster County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(717) 971-8773 313 West Liberty Place
Lancaster, PA 17603
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Widener University
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 professional and ethical standards in dealings with clients, other attorneys and the court. At Ciccarelli Law Offices, Joshua handles a variety of complicated and unique cases. He primarily practices in personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, work injuries, workers compensation, nursing home neglect, slip and fall and animal attacks. He also has experience fighting for the rights of clients in drunk driving accident cases,...
Justin James McShane
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Dauphin County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(717) 657-3900 3601 Vartan Way, 2nd Floor,
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Dickinson School of Law and University of Limerick Law Department
Attorney McShane is a trial attorney who specializes in using forensic science in defending citizens amongst us who have been accused of a crime by the Government. He is nationally known and well regarded for being a skilled and fierce litigator, but is also well known for his strong understanding and in-depth knowledge in all forms of forensic science. He earned the American Chemical Society-Chemistry and the Law Division (ACS-CHAL) designation as Forensic Lawyer Scientist (The first attorney in the United States to be designated as such). He has earned Board Certification both in DUI Defense Law by the National...
Eric Michael Gibson
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Lebanon County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(717) 272-7585 279 North Zinns Mill Road
Suite E
Lebanon, PA 17042
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.
Matthew Ness
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Dauphin County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(412) 231-9869 600 N 3rd St.
Ste B
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Duquesne University School of Law
I grew up in suburban Pittsburgh in a blue collar family where I was instilled with working class ethics and values that continue to embody me today — and that I recognize and appreciate in many of the people I represent in the criminal court system.

I am dedicated to fighting for the rights of my clients to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, to fair and speedy trials, to just punishment, and to not be coerced into self-incrimination. I believe passionately that the basic principles regarding the rights of people accused of crimes are worth upholding and...
Aman 'Tip' Barber III
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Lehigh County, 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
Joseph Caraciolo
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Dauphin County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(717) 208-8359 112 Market Street, 6th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Free ConsultationCriminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and Divorce
Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Joseph Caraciolo is a co-founder of, and skilled attorney at, Foreman & Caraciolo, PC. Backed by years of in-depth experience, he has a comprehensive understanding of his practice areas, which include criminal defense, family law, general civil practice, and estate planning. Mr. Caraciolo works hard to ensure all of his clients receive the highest quality of care possible. As a skilled attorney in Harrisburg, PA, he can help you resolve all your legal problems, regardless of how complicated they may be. Whether you are seeking strong defense against criminal charges, trying to resolve a family law matter, or aiming to...
Steven Kellis
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(610) 356-2000 3477 Corporate Parkway
Center Valley, PA 18034
Free ConsultationLehigh County, PA Criminal Law Attorney
Criminal 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...
Kaitlyn Clarkson
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Dauphin County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer
(717) 657-3900 3601 Vartan Way, 2nd Floor,
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Criminal, Appeals, DUI and Health Care
Areas of Practice
After focusing on appeals and post-conviction remedies for years, Attorney Clarkson found that the best way to save someone from ineffective assistance of counsel is to be effective trial counsel. Switching now to focus more heavily on trials, she fights for your rights and makes sure every angle is utilized to get you the best possible outcome.

Attorney Clarkson will still handle appeals, post-conviction remedies, and mental health expungements.

Attorney Clarkson will continue to make sure the law is complied with and uphold constitutional rights so our citizenry does not lose them.

She handles everything from summary speeding tickets to murder.

Philosophy
Attorney...
Corey Fahnestock
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Dauphin County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer
(717) 657-3900 3601 Vartan Way, 2nd Floor,
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Western Michigan University
Attorney Fahnestock is passionate about protecting the rights of others and assuring the checks and balances in the court system are upheld so everyone is treated fairly.

Attorney Fahnestock is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University where he focused on criminal law. After graduating from Penn State, he attended Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and was an Associate Editor for Law Review. While in Law School he spent time working with the State Appellate Defenders Office re-testing firearm and forensic evidence for convicted defendants.

When outside of work, Attorney Fahnestock enjoys going to the gym, Penn State football, and staying...
Katherine McShane
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Dauphin County, PA Criminal Law Attorney
(717) 657-3900 3601 Vartan Way, 2nd Floor,
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Criminal, Appeals and DUI
California Western School of Law, California Western Law Review and International Law Journal and California Western Law Review and International Law Journal
Philosophy
Katherine McShane believes that knowledge is power. By improving her skill set and knowledge base as an attorney, she can better serve her clients. Katherine is also a strong believer in the constitution and protecting the rights of those who stand accused from the strong arm of the government.

Personal Background
Katherine attended law school at California Western School of Law. Based on academic achievement, Katherine was invited to be a part of the CSWL law review. She served as an associate writer and associate editor for both the California Western Law Review and International Law Journal. During school, Katherine also interned...
Andrea E. Mertz
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(610) 376-5250 645 Penn Street
Suite 500
Reading, PA 19601
Free ConsultationBerks County, 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...
Tammy Dusharm
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Perry County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(717) 204-7820 24 N 2nd St Ste B
Newport, PA 17074
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Family
Arizona State University
Tammy Dusharm has over ten years' experience representing individuals in the areas of criminal defense, pardons and expungements, family law, divorce, child custody, child support and civil litigation. Attorney Dusharm opened her own practice after law school, where she focused her practice on the areas of family law, civil litigation and collections. She then spent six years working as a court-appointed criminal defense attorney with the Mohave County Legal Defender's Office in Kingman, Arizona. In 2013, Ms. Dusharm moved her family to central Pennsylvania where she worked for the Franklin County Public Defender's Office until...
Ryan William McAllister
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Berks County, 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,...
Ann Delcollo
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Lancaster County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(610) 981-1006 313 W. Liberty Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Ann has been dedicated to providing exceptional advocacy for clients, in and out of the courtroom, since 1992. She joined the litigation team at Ciccarelli Law in 2016. Her practice areas include Personal Injury, Criminal Law, Social Security Disability, DUI & DWI, Traffic Tickets, Family Law and Divorce. 

Ann received her B.S. from Lock Haven University in 1989. In 1992, she earned her J.D. from Widener University School of Law. Following graduation, Ann began her litigation career defending medical malpractice, personal injury, and asbestos lawsuits. She served as Trial Counsel for Allstate Insurance Company, and Senior Trial Counsel at Nationwide...
Shawn M Brothwell
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Lancaster County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(717) 971-8773 313 West Liberty Place
Suite 300
Lancaster , PA 17602
Criminal, Animal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Shawn Brothwell is an important part of the Family Law and Criminal Defense teams at Ciccarelli Law Offices. Shawn was born and raised in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania. He attended the University of Scranton, where he majored in psychology. Shawn then worked as a social worker for special needs children for four years. Seeking a new challenge, Shawn decided to attend law school.

Shawn received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2015. He interned for the Allegheny County Orphans’ Court and also for a firm specializing in Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury...
Igor Litvinov
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Berks County, 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.
Kevin Feeney
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Berks County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 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.
Victor M. Frederick IV
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Berks County, 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.
Jeffrey Bryant Engle
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Dauphin County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(717) 545-3032 2205 Forest Hills Drive
Suite 10
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Free ConsultationCriminal, Divorce, Education and Family
Widener University Commonwealth Law School
My office was founded in Millersburg, Dauphin County in 1951 by Attorney Allen Shaffer. Since I joined the Firm in 1999, I took over as managing partner in 2001 and later as sole shareholder in 2006. The office has expanded from a two lawyer firm to a four attorney firm and moved to Harrisburg. We handle a variety of legal areas, including Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Criminal Law, Municipal Law, and Educational Law.
Joel Aaron Ready
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Berks County, 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....
Samir Sarna
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Dauphin County, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(412) 231-9869 600 N. 3rd St.
Ste B
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
My name is Samir Sarna, and I am a Partner at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC. I moved to Pittsburgh in 2007 to attend the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. While in Pittsburgh, I met my wife, fell in love with the city, and decided to settle down here and dedicate my legal career to defending the rights of those accused of committing crimes.

After graduating law school, I clerked at the Office of the Public Defender for Allegheny County and later became an Associate Counsel at the Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel. Serving at...
Jason Michael Jefferis
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Dauphin County, PA Criminal Law Attorney
(717) 657-3900 3601 Vartan Way, 2nd Floor,
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Philosophy
Attorney Jefferis is a firm believer in the adage “knowledge is power”. Attorney Jefferis is passionate about staying apprised of changes in the legal field and feels that knowledge is essential to providing effective representation for his clients.

Personal Background
Attorney Jefferis began his legal career directly out of high school working with a law firm in Wilmington, DE. Attorney Jefferis earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware while working full time. Attorney Jefferis focused his studies at the University of Delaware as well as Widener School of Law on criminal defense and death penalty appeals.

Attorney Jefferis...
Daniel Patrick Emkey
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Berks County, 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...
Sean Quinlan
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Dauphin County, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(717) 202-2277 3618 N 6th Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Michael Keith Hollinger
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(610) 393-4838 18 Marshall Avenue
Reading, PA 19606
Free ConsultationBerks County, 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...
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Schuylkill County Criminal Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

Mid-Penn Legal Services
(717) 234-0492
Harrisburg, PA


Dauphin County Bar Association
(717) 232-7536
Harrisburg, PA

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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.