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Criminal Defense

Every Case Is Defensible.

Top-Notch Criminal Defense Attorneys in Chester County, PA

Being charged with a crime can put your freedom, financial security, and reputation at risk. Whether you are facing serious felony charges or you have been charged with a misdemeanor, having an experienced criminal defense lawyer by your side is critical to ensuring your rights are protected. Our attorneys have years of experience handling all types of criminal cases. Our team is dedicated to helping you reach the best possible outcome for your case.

Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyers You Can Trust

Even minor criminal charges can leave you and your family stressed, overwhelmed, and anxious. Having a criminal defense attorney as your staunch advocate can take some of the weight off your shoulders. Attorney Ryan Borchik, who leads our criminal defense team, is a former prosecutor who utilizes his unique perspective and prosecutorial experience to advocate for clients facing criminal charges.

Our team knows how to investigate criminal cases, and works with you to build the strongest possible defense for charges involving:

When to Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer

When you have been taken into custody or charged with a crime, the sooner you find legal representation, the better. It is vital to speak with an attorney before being interviewed by police, prosecutors, or other investigators. You are not obligated to say anything or answer any questions without legal counsel present. Although a public defender may be appointed to handle your case, hiring a seasoned criminal defense attorney can mean the difference between having charges reduced or dismissed and facing prison time. Our experienced criminal defense lawyers at Perna & Abracht, LLC will discuss your case, answer any questions you may have, and advise you of your options for the next course of action.

Why Should You Hire Our Criminal Defense Attorneys?

Criminal defendants have protections under the law, such as Miranda rights, which give you the right to remain silent when you are placed under arrest. However, if you are unfamiliar with how the criminal justice system works, it is easy to make mistakes and say or do things that can jeopardize your case.

Our experienced criminal defense lawyers are skilled negotiators and are often able to get charges reduced or dismissed without ever going to trial. Our team thoroughly investigates the evidence against you for any inconsistencies, errors, or other potential issues. Your defense lawyer will inquire about every aspect of your encounters with law enforcement to determine whether they followed proper legal protocols during their investigation and your arrest.

Criminal Defense Lawyers Perna & Abracht

Our Defense Attorneys are Experienced Trial Lawyers

If your criminal case goes to trial, our attorneys will present an aggressive defense to clearly and effectively counter the accusations the prosecution has brought against you. We understand how to present evidence, question witnesses, and create strong arguments that may convince a judge or jury of your innocence. At Perna & Abracht, LLC, we care about you and the outcome of your case. Regardless of the type of charges you may be facing, we always put our best foot forward to ensure all of our clients receive the best legal counsel possible.

If you have a specific legal question that you would like answered without any obligation to retain our firm, please schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation with one of our attorneys below.

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Criminal Defense FAQs

What is the difference between a Felony and a Misdemeanor?

Misdemeanor offenses are typically less serious than felonies. Pennsylvania law also classifies crimes by degree based on the nature of the crime and harm caused to others. First-degree crimes are the most serious. Some examples of first-degree misdemeanors include multiple DUIs, simple assault, and stalking. First-degree felonies include murder, kidnapping, rape, and other serious crimes. Summary offenses are the most minor types of crimes and include low-level retail theft, loitering, and disorderly conduct.

Even misdemeanor convictions can have long-lasting consequences. A criminal record can impede your ability to get a job, find housing, and impact the standing of certain professional licenses. That’s why it’s critical to seek the counsel of a seasoned criminal defense lawyer, regardless of the type of charge.

What are Some Common Defenses in Criminal Cases?

The type of defense your attorney employs depends on the specific situation and the charges you are facing. Some common defenses include:

Innocence – Although the prosecution has the burden of proving that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, defense lawyers often have to build a defense strategy around the claim of innocence to reach a successful outcome for their clients. Your attorney may call witnesses and experts, and present evidence that demonstrates your innocence, such as proof of an alibi or an alternative theory that someone else was responsible for committing the crime.

Constitutional violations – The Constitution of the United States provides certain protections to those accused of a crime. Some of the most common constitutional violations include:

  • Failure to read the Miranda warning during an arrest
  • Illegal search and seizure
  • Failure to obtain a warrant
  • Breaking the chain of custody of evidence
  • Coerced confessions

Violations of constitutional rights may lead to charges being dismissed or prosecutors offering a plea bargain for lesser charges.

Self-defense – This defense is usually employed when someone has been charged with assault, battery, manslaughter, or murder. Defendants may claim self-defense when they injured or killed someone to protect themselves against potential violence perpetrated by the victim.

Some situations in which self-defense can be claimed.

Should I Take a Plea Deal?

When faced with the prospect of harsh penalties like prison time, it can be tough to know what to do. Before agreeing to a plea deal, you should always consult a criminal defense attorney. Whether you decide to accept a plea offer depends on the specific circumstances. Your lawyer can determine whether the offer is really a fair bargain, or if it would be in your best interest to take your case to trial. If you are interested in a plea deal, our defense lawyers negotiate aggressively on your behalf and always look-out for your best interests.

How Long Does a Criminal Case Take?

Although all Americans have the right to a speedy trial, there are many factors that can influence how long your case may take. If a case involves serious charges, piles of evidence, and a long list of witnesses, it will likely take longer. Trial delays may also be granted if the prosecution or defense needs more time to prepare. Both sides may also file motions that may slow down the process.

How Much Does a Criminal Defense Attorney Cost?

The cost of criminal defense depends on the charges you are facing, the facts of the case, whether your case goes to trial, and other factors. In some cases, criminal defense lawyers charge a flat fee, but may charge hourly for complex cases that involve significant preparation for trial. In your initial consultation, we will assess your case and discuss fees and other costs. Our criminal defense lawyers are happy to answer any questions you may have. 

Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney Today

If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, it is vital to seek quality legal counsel right away. Our criminal defense lawyers can evaluate your case and help you understand and protect your rights. We serve clients throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and Northern Delaware. Contact us online or call 610-708-1970 to schedule a consultation with an experienced criminal attorney today.

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