Sunbury, Pennsylvania Criminal Lawyers

Sunbury, PA Criminal Law Attorney
(570) 286-7777 244 Market St
Sunbury, PA 17801
Criminal, Business, DUI and Divorce
Sunbury, PA Criminal Law Lawyer
(570) 286-7777 244 Market St
Sunbury, PA 17801
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Sunbury, PA Criminal Law Lawyer
(570) 863-0102 212 Market St
Sunbury, PA 17801
Criminal, DUI and Real Estate
Shamokin, PA Criminal Law Attorney
(570) 648-5757 146 E Independence St
Shamokin, PA 17872
Criminal and Real Estate
Shamokin, PA Criminal Law Attorney
(570) 648-5724 12 W Lincoln St
Shamokin, PA 17872
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Potts Grove, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
PO Box 28
Potts Grove, PA 17865
Criminal, Appeals, Civil Rights and Divorce
University of San Diego School of Law
J. T. Herber III
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Hegins, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(570) 682-8174 9 Park Lane
Hegins, PA 17938
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...
Justin James McShane
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Harrisburg, 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...
Joseph Caraciolo
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Harrisburg, 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...
Katherine McShane
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Harrisburg, 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...
Michael Worgul
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Harrisburg, 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...
Eric Michael Gibson
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Lebanon, 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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Harrisburg, 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...
Steve Rice
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Carlisle, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(877) 339-0011 59 South Pitt Street
Carlisle, PA 17103
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Dickinson School of Law
I am the founder of Steve Rice Law, a firm of criminal defense attorneys serving South Central Pennsylvania. We're different than most firms. It's not because we do criminal defense. What make us special is, we don't do anything else. We do one thing: Defend people accused of crimes -- DUI, murder, and everything in between.
Jason Michael Jefferis
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Harrisburg, 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.

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Roy L. Galloway III
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Harrisburg, 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,...
Sean Quinlan
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Harrisburg, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(717) 202-2277 3618 N 6th Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Aaron S Biichle
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Williamsport, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(570) 419-7650 1784 East Third Street
PM B#123
Williamsport, PA 17701
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Aaron was born and raised locally and has been practicing criminal law here for the last decade. Undergoing criminal prosecution is a frightening experience and you need an attorney with the ability to fight for you. An excellent criminal defense lawyer will help lower your exposure to criminal penalties, fight for your constitutional rights, and guide you through a system that tends to give the authorities the upper hand in each and every instance. Aaron possesses the experience to battle for you and help level the playing field so that you too can have the best chance at getting a...
Jeffrey Bryant Engle
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Harrisburg, 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.
Paul J. Petcavage
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Williamsport, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(570) 506-4390 200 Pine St.
Suite 800
Williamsport, PA 17701
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Divorce
Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Paul has lived in the Williamsport Area for over 40 years. As an active member of the community, he has participated in various local professional and volunteer organizations, as a Realtor, a business owner and employee of local companies, a college and professional instructor, a basketball player, and currently as a basketball coach.

Since 2005, Paul has served this community as an attorney. His experience includes the following: former Assistant District Attorney, over 8 years of Court Room Litigation Experience, and over 2o years of Personal Business Experience. Paul is an experienced negotiator with proven advocacy skills.

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Christopher Arthur Dreisbach
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Harrisburg, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(717) 393-7885 3540 North Progress Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Criminal, DUI, Juvenile and Traffic Tickets
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Christopher A. Dreisbach concentrates his practice on criminal defense and civil litigation in both state and federal courts. Since entering private practice, he has defended individuals facing the most serious of criminal charges including rape and homicide. In civil actions, he has successfully represented individuals and corporations in cases involving federal civil conspiracy allegations, regulatory violations, and complex personal injury matters. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Dreisbach served for four years as a Deputy District Attorney in the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office. During his time as a Deputy District Attorney, Mr. Dreisbach successfully prosecuted a vast...
Tammy Dusharm
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Newport, 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...
Samir Sarna
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Harrisburg, 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...
Jeana A. Longo
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Williamsport, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(570) 995-1233 360 Market Street
Suite 202
Williamsport, PA 17701
Criminal and DUI
Widener University Delaware School of Law

Longo founded Longo Law, P.C. in order to protect the rights of the accused as a zealous advocate, no matter what the charge. When the prosecution is putting your life, liberty, and future at risk, it is essential to have an experienced litigator to aggressively defend your freedom and work hard to get you the best possible outcome.

Attorney Longo is an experienced trial attorney with a demonstrated success in the courtroom. She is able to skillfully defend her clients because she has represented the government as well as the public. Longo has prevailed in...
Kaitlyn Clarkson
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Harrisburg, 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.

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Corey Fahnestock
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Harrisburg, 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...
Anne M. Gibson
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Lebanon, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(717) 769-5040 279 North Zinns Mill Road
Suite D
Lebanon, PA 17042
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.
Elisabeth K. H. Pasqualini
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Harrisburg, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(717) 268-4287 2205 Forest Hills Drive
Suite 10
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Free ConsultationCriminal, Juvenile and White Collar Crime
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Mr. Edward Michael Olexa
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Hazleton, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(877) 653-9211 1710 East Broad Street
Suite C
Hazleton, PA 18201
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Estate Planning and Traffic Tickets
Syracuse University
Edward Olexa is an aggressive criminal defense attorney whose primary office is in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. He is currently accepting cases in Luzerne, Lackawanna, Schuylkill, Carbon, Monroe, Columbia, Wyoming & Sullivan Counties. Edward gets results for his clients, whether they are looking to work out the most favorable plea agreement or they are looking to challenge the state's evidence at trial. Attorney Olexa gets these results while providing top-notch customer service to his clients and the resposive representation they deserve. When everyone else is on your back, Attorney Olexa is on your side!
Herbert Corky Goldstein
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Harrisburg, PA Criminal Law Attorney with 52 years experience
(877) 632-4656 105 N Front St, Ste 210
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Criminal
Pennsylvania State University - Dickinson School of Law
I am a CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER IN Central Pa. I have 12 Offices. I handle criminal cases on a State, County, and Federal Level, I also represent people being investigated by police or a State-Wide or Federal Grand Jury. I handle white-collar crimes, as well. I have a 5 Star rating on Google-highest they give out. I have received local, State, and National Awards for my legal work. I am also a legal contributor to many local and National TV News shows. I have several major awards from The American Bar Association and the Pa. Bar Association. I am...
Douglas Keith Marsico
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Harrisburg, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(717) 232-7661 3631 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Douglas K. Marsico is a graduate of West Chester University and the Widener University School of Law. Mr. Marsico's practice concentration is in criminal defense, DUI defense, traffic violations, driver's licensing matters, real estate and insurance defense. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and the United State District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Marsico began his law career as law clerk to the Honorable Richard A. Lewis, Court of Common Pleas, Dauphin County, and later served as a prosecutor in the Dauphin County District Attorney's office. Mr. Marsico has taught seminars on...
Michael Anthony Carrucoli
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Lemoyne, PA Criminal Law Lawyer
(866) 596-9384 875 Market Street, Suite 200
Lemoyne, PA 17043
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Michael Carrucoli is the founding member and partner of the law firm Carrucoli and Associates. He is a leading DUI Lawyer and focuses on DUI Defense & all other alcohol & drug related offenses. Upon completing his undergraduate work at Rutger’s University, Mr. Carrucoli earned his law degree from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, Carlisle, PA. Mr. Carrucoli began his legal career at a small law firm Carlisle, Pennsylvanian before becoming a York County Assistant Attorney in York, Pennsylvania. As an Assistant Attorney, Mr. Carrucoli tried numerous cases before judges and juries and also...
Gregory Feather
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Harrisburg, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(866) 332-8437 3915 Union Deposit Road #501
Harrisburg, PA 17109
Free ConsultationCriminal, Asbestos, DUI and Personal Injury
Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Travis C. Petty
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Berwick, PA Criminal Law Lawyer
(570) 218-4888 916 W. Front Street
Berwick, PA 18603
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Widener University
Attorney Travis C. Petty is a lifelong resident of the Berwick Area. Travis is a graduate of Berwick Area High School and Bloomsburg University. After obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree, Travis attended Widener University School of Law on a full academic scholarship. While attending Law School, Travis was the recipient of numerous awards and had the honor of working as an intern for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Travis also served on the Law Review and had his legal scholarship published. Travis graduated Cum Laude with his Juris Doctorate Degree and upon receiving his law license, he immediately...
Heather Eggert
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Lebanon, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(717) 274-3644 937 Willow Street
P.O. Box 1140
Lebanon, PA 17042
Criminal, DUI, Family and Traffic Tickets
Villanova University School of Law
John A Gummo
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Williamsport, PA Criminal Law Lawyer
(570) 320-2880 25 West Third Street
Suite 701
Williamsport, PA 17701
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Over 25 years of Experience Providing Clients with Aggressive and Effective Legal Representation in Many Areas of Law throughout 8 Counties in North Central Pennsylvania.
Ben Cramer Esq.
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Duncannon, PA Criminal Law Attorney
(717) 834-5700 5 South Market St.
Duncannon, PA 17020
Criminal, DUI, Family and Personal Injury
Widener University
Ben graduated in 2004 from Lycoming College and received his Juris Doctorate in 2011 from Widener University School of Law. At Widener, Ben completed the seven-day Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, which is designed to sharpen trial advocacy skills. During law school, Ben clerked for the Harrisburg personal injury firm, Handler, Henning, and Rosenberg while taking evening classes. He earned the Certificate of Achievement in Legal Methods, the course which teaches legal analysis, drafting, and communication. Ben also interned in the Perry County Public Defender’s office during the summer of 2011. Mr. Cramer focuses his practice...
Timothy Czekaj
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Newport, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(717) 204-7820 24 N 2nd St Ste B
Newport, PA 17074-1501
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Attorney Timothy Czekaj (pronounced check-eye) is a dedicated litigator with a never-say-die attitude. He considers it an honor and a privilege to provide services to people when they need it most. He has represented clients in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, focusing on family law, divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, PFAs, Children & Youth matters, dependency, bankruptcy, mortgage foreclosures and debt negotiations, tax assessment appeals, landlord/tenant law, criminal law, and general civil litigation. He has represented clients in more than 20 counties throughout Pennsylvania, and he currently serves as solicitor to the Dauphin County Clerk of Courts.
Robert MacIntyre
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Newport, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 37 years experience
(717) 497-0464 P.O. Box 212
Newport, PA 17074
Free ConsultationCriminal, Civil Rights, Family and Personal Injury
Dickinson School of Law
Robert B. MacIntyre, Esquire, focuses on criminal law, family law and civil litigation. Mr. MacIntyre brings 32 years of diverse legal experience to the Perry County. Mr. MacIntyre has handled more than 175 criminal jury trial cases and thousands of other criminal matters throughout central Pennsylvania and beyond. Through his experience with violent crime and domestic violence, Mr. MacIntyre is looking to assist crime and domestic violence victims seek justice through the civil side of the court system. Mr. MacIntyre has been able to secure monetary compensation on behalf of victims. His criminal experience ranges from defending...
Heather Nicole Orisko
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Camp Hill, PA Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(717) 763-1800 2108 Market Street
Aztec Building
Camp Hill, PA 17011
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Widener University
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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.