If you or a loved one has been arrested or face criminal charges in Pennsylvania, you need to contact an experienced defense attorney immediately. A criminal conviction can have long-term consequences that extend far beyond any sentence you could receive, like difficulty finding a job or even being deemed ineligible for college financial aid. Without a seasoned lawyer on your side, you run the risk of negative lifelong consequences.
When you're arrested, request a lawyer immediately. Explain your circumstances to the attorney and wait for their advice before saying anything to law enforcement officials or other arrestees. An arrest can be disconcerting, but try and remember all the details, including what the law enforcement officer said and did at the time of the arrest.
For example, an officer must inform you of your rights. Failure to do so may present an opportunity for your lawyer to challenge the circumstances under which you were arrested. Also, in the absence of your consent, law enforcement officers typically can't search your home or vehicle without a warrant. There are exceptions to this rule, but if evidence was found during a warrantless search without your consent, an attorney may be able to challenge the search. This is why it's important to pay attention to what an arresting officer does.
Our firm's considerable experience handling criminal matters in State College and across Pennsylvania has helped us gain the respect of prosecutors and law enforcement. Because of the reputation we've built, the other side knows how zealously we advocate on behalf of our clients. When you work with us, we work hard for you. Visit the dedicated criminal defense page on our firm's website for more information and to see how our firm can help you with the legal challenges you're facing.