If you have been accused of a crime, there is a good chance that you are stressed and anxious about your future. This is completely understandable as a conviction of even a relatively minor criminal offense can have serious consequences, including significant fines and jail time. Additionally, when you are convicted of a crime, it becomes a matter of public record, which means that your criminal past may have an effect on other aspects of your life as well, including your educational and employment opportunities, your ability to rent an apartment, or even your personal reputation.
It is important to keep in mind that the law requires the state to prove every element of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt in order to obtain a conviction. As this is the highest burden of proof in the American court system, there are often various defenses that a skilled attorney can raise that can weaken the prosecution’s case or even potentially result in a dismissal or an acquittal. Even if a case is not dismissed, the right criminal defense attorney can often negotiate a plea bargain agreement that avoids the most serious of the consequences that the state could potentially impose.
Attorney Brian Zeiger has extensive experience handling all types of criminal matters in both Pennsylvania state court and federal court. The Zeiger Firm will protect your rights during every stage of your case–from an investigation or arrest to an appeal, if necessary. Having a qualified criminal defense lawyer on your side can often greatly improve the outcome of your case, so please contact our office for more information today.
While many of us know someone who faced DUI charges, this type of case should never be taken lightly. Despite the all-too-common nature of drunk driving in our current society, these are serious criminal charges that can have lasting consequences, including:
Losing your license can make it challenging to get to work or other important obligations regularly and on time. Additionally, if you drive as part of your job duties, you may be fired or may have a difficult time finding a new job with a DUI conviction on your record. When you get your license back, you may face astronomical insurance rates and other ancillary costs.
The possible penalties of a DUI conviction only increase if you have prior convictions, so it is essential to prevent even a single conviction whenever you can. At The Zeiger Firm, we have many ways to defend against a DUI charge including proving an unlawful stop, challenging chemical test results, challenging a police officer’s testimony and observations, among many others. We can help reduce the consequences of a DUI case, so please contact us as soon as possible after an arrest.
There are two main categories of assault in Pennsylvania–simple assault and aggravated assault. Simple assault is a misdemeanor, however, do not think this is not a serious matter. Misdemeanor convictions still come with penalties that can include fines, probation, and jail time. If the prosecutor alleges that certain circumstances existed, your charges may be escalated to aggravated assault, which is a felony offense. Felony convictions can have wide-reaching consequences–from time in state prison to disqualification from many jobs. Aggravated assault can be charged when an assault caused serious injury, involved the use of a deadly weapon, or took place against a public official, child, or other specified victims. When an assault victim is seriously injured, the penalties often involve extended prison sentences–sometimes, up to 20 years.
Whether you face simple assault or aggravated assault charges, there are many ways to defend against such charges, including claiming self-defense. Self-defense claims are far more complex than many people realize, however, and involve more than simply stating you were fighting back. In this situation, you need a highly experienced defense lawyer handling your case who knows how to present complicated legal defenses and how to protect your rights.
There are many different sex offenses set out by Pennsylvania law that The Zeiger Firm can handle, including:
A conviction for such offenses can result in fines and time in state prison and some sex convictions are first-degree felonies, which means up to 20 years behind bars.
In addition to imprisonment, many sex crime convictions require you to register as a sex offender with the Pennsylvania State Police. The police then post the sex offender registry on a public website that is searchable by name, zip code, and more. This means that anyone can gain access to your name and other personal information, including the offense of which you were found guilty. You can imagine how this can cause damage to almost every area of your life and people may refuse to hire you, rent you housing, or even engage in a personal relationship with you. For all of these reasons, you need the right criminal defense law firm behind you if you are facing sex crime charges.
Juvenile courts have their own rules and procedures so it is critical to have a lawyer who has represented juveniles in the past and understands the system. If you are tried in adult criminal court, it is imperative to have the right attorney aggressively defending your rights. A conviction in adult court can have the same consequences for defendants of any age–including time in state prison. This can obviously be very dangerous for a juvenile and not only can put them at risk of harm but will likely adversely impact the rest of their lives.
Many juvenile crimes may not seem serious, such as minor drug possession or shoplifting. However, any criminal record can follow a juvenile around for years to come. Whether your case is being heard in juvenile court or state criminal court, do not wait any longer to call The Zeiger Firm if you or your child has been arrested.
Theft, burglary, and robbery are often associated but are, in fact, three different offenses with different elements that the prosecutor must prove. The following is an overview of these charges:
Because these offenses are separate and apply in different situations, there are also different defenses that are commonly used for each one. The Zeiger Firm can identify every available defense in each case and present evidence to support such defenses. Our firm regularly defends clients against theft, burglary, and robbery charges so please call to discuss your charges today.
There are many different criminal offenses in Pennsylvania that are considered to be “white collar.” Only some of the white collar cases that our firm handles include:
Each of these offenses has its own elements a prosecutor must prove, as well as its own potential penalties. These charges can often be felonies, which can result in a long period of imprisonment upon a conviction. However, our criminal defense firm knows how to skillfully defend against white collar allegations to limit or eliminate the consequences that you may face.
White collar crimes often involve extensive investigations and attorney Brian Zeiger can begin protecting your rights as soon as you suspect you may be under investigation. In addition, if you are arrested on suspicion of a white collar crime, the police will likely want to question you extensively. You should always invoke your right to remain silent and right to an attorney before you answer any police questions about any type of crime. We can represent you during all police interrogations and communications to ensure that your rights are protected and defenses are preserved. We will then handle every step of your case until you receive the most favorable resolution possible.
All homicide convictions can result in long prison sentences so you need the best possible defense representation in any of these cases. The Zeiger Firm does not shy away from challenging homicide cases and works to protect the rights of clients facing homicide charges in every way possible. Please do not wait any longer to call our firm if you have been accused of killing someone.
There are many ways to appeal a criminal conviction at the state or federal level. We can assist with the following and more:
Each criminal appeal has specific legal standards and procedures. It is essential to have an attorney who understands how to prepare a persuasive appeal in line with the law to get a wrongful conviction or sentence overturned. The appeal process is complicated and we will handle every step to get you out of prison as soon as possible whenever possible
Many people convicted of crimes must go through a period of probation or parole if they served a prison sentence. During probation and parole, you are expected to abide by many different conditions that will be set based on your specific circumstances. If a probation or parole officer accuses you of violating any conditions, you may face another case in criminal court. During this case, the judge will determine whether you violated your probation or parole and if so, what penalties are appropriate for the violation. Penalties can range from stricter conditions, extended term of probation or parole, or even the revocation of your probation or parole and a subsequent prison sentence.
Probation and parole violation allegations are serious matters with lower burdens of proof than initial criminal cases. Anyone accused of violations should have a skilled defense attorney on their case as soon as possible to help prevent revocation of probation or parole, jail sentences, and other severe consequences.
Even after convicted offenders complete their sentences, criminal convictions can continue to affect their lives in many different ways. An employer may conduct a criminal background check of job applicants or current employees and Pennsylvania still allows employers to base employment decisions on criminal convictions. Many companies will not hire anyone with a criminal past, even if the offense was relatively minor.
Additionally, it can be difficult to be accepted into higher education programs or to obtain professional licenses with a criminal conviction on your record. Convictions may also be considered for child custody decisions, apartment rentals, and more. The Zeiger Firm can determine whether you are eligible to expunge your criminal record and have convictions erased so that you no longer have to deal with the consequences of your past actions. We can help with the expungement process and fight for your right to a clean record when possible.
A criminal conviction is a serious matter that can have significant consequences on nearly every aspect of your life. Fortunately, there are often many ways in which an experienced criminal defense lawyer can defend against criminal charges, some of which may even result in the case against you being dropped or dismissed. In addition, even in cases in which legal defenses are not available, lawyers can often negotiate plea bargain agreements with the prosecutors handling these cases. For this reason, if you are facing criminal charges in the Philadelphia area, it is critical to retain legal counsel as soon as you can.
To schedule a consultation with a Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer, call our office today at 215-546-0340 or send us an email through our online contact form.
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