Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense

At the law firm of Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP we don’t want you to face the challenge of a criminal allegation alone; we want to help. We offer clients fearless representation and are always willing to go the extra mile to make sure that our clients’ rights are protected in court.

Tenaciously Fighting for Your Freedom and Future – NEPA Criminal Defense Lawyers

When you or someone you love is arrested and charged with a crime or merely under investigation, the stress, anxiety and fear about the future can be overwhelming. Many people also feel embarrassment and delay in seeking legal representation from an experienced Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer. Pennsylvania law enforcement officers and prosecutors are extremely aggressive in the investigating and prosecuting of criminal offenses. One of the worst mistakes that you can make is waiting to seek legal representation from an experienced Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer.

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Criminal Defense Attorneys Fighting for You in Northeast PA

Seven of our attorneys have been named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Philadelphia Magazine. Our experience, dedication and skill have facilitated our reputation throughout Pennsylvania for providing tenacious criminal defense designed to achieve dismissal of the charges against our clients or a substantial reduction in charges where the evidence is overwhelming. Our law firm works closely with private investigators and forensics experts when conducting criminal investigations to develop the best possible defense strategies for our clients.

 

Our Pennsylvania criminal defense law firm has a well established reputation throughout Northeast Pennsylvania among prosecutors and judges as a tenacious advocate for the freedom and rights of our clients. We provide exhaustive investigation, creative and effective litigation strategies and compelling courtroom advocacy.

We provide zealous criminal defense by aggressively fighting for our clients from the moment we are retained to the final resolution of our clients’ criminal cases. We understand the fear that accompanies being under the specter of criminal charges so we keep our clients informed through every step of the criminal process to put our clients’ fears to rest and ensure that they are informed regarding the significant developments in their criminal cases. We understand that a misdemeanor or felony conviction in Pennsylvania can have an enormous adverse impact on one’s future so we work diligently to reduce the negative consequences of a criminal case on our clients’ lives.

Our NEPA criminal defense law firm has handled hundreds of criminal cases from DUI and misdemeanors to major felonies including:

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Underage Drinking

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Furnishing minors with Alcohol

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DUI/DWI including Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD)

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Minor Drug Crimes

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Marijuana Possession

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Juvenile Offenses

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Traffic Offenses

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Assault

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Thanks for everything you’ve done, I really hope no person experiences what I did, but DLP is my top recommendation if they ever do.

Dolores from Clifford / Pennsylvania drunk driver accident

DLP’s compassion and experience have really helped me get back to my normal life.

Dave from Dunmore / Pennsylvania Car Accident

I am very pleased with the outcome of my settlement. DLP was professional and prompt in all matters. Thanks for your help.

Tim from Scranton / Pennsylvania Serious Car Accident

I was very pleased with the service I received from DLP. They all worked hard on my case to get the maximum settlement possible.

Tom from West Pittston / Hit By Drunk Driver

If you are convicted of a Pennsylvania criminal offense, you may suffer very serious consequences including the following:

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Incarceration in state prison or county jail

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Probation

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Substantial fines or the obligation to pay restitution

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Felony strike

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Probation

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Registration as a sex offender resulting in limitations on where you may live, work or visit

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Suspension or revocation of driving privileges

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Participation in mandatory counseling or classes

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Community service

While these consequences can adversely impact your life and that of your family, there are other negative collateral effects that can impact your future even after you have fully served a criminal sentence. You may find roadblocks in obtaining housing, employment, higher education and occupational licensing as well as experience damage to your reputation. A criminal conviction can haunt many aspects of one’s life long after one has fulfilled any formal terms of one’s sentence. A criminal conviction can result in other informal consequences that may impair your future including:

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Disqualification for professional school or licensing (law school, medical school)

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Denial of financial aid for college

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Bars on certain occupations that require state licensing (teaching, real estate sales)

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Deportation or loss of other immigration benefits

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Limitations on where you may live, work or visit (i.e. sex offender registration)

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Loss of certain Constitutional rights (such as voting, jury service, firearm ownership)

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Damage to personal and professional reputation

Our experienced NEPA criminal defense attorneys employ a wide spectrum of defenses and strategies when seeking dismissal of charges or an acquittal after trial including:

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Seeking exclusion of evidence that was not obtained legally

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Using professional forensic investigators to gather exculpatory evidence

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Negotiating zealously for alternative sentencing, diversion or reduced charges

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Utilizing ballistics experts, polygraphist or other experts

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Challenging the sufficiency of the evidence provided by the prosecutor

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Seek exclusion of incriminating statements or confessions obtained illegally

These are just a few of the defense strategies that we may use when representing our clients against misdemeanor or felony charges in Pennsylvania. There are also many defenses that we use that are specific to the type of criminal charges in your case. Our Pennsylvania criminal defense attorneys do not rely on investigations conducted by law enforcement but engage in an independent investigation of the facts in our clients’ criminal cases. People often are intimidated by law enforcement officers, which may influence witness statements. A timely independent investigation along with written statements from witnesses can help avoid manipulation and distortion of facts.

 

While you may have a right to a public defender, they typically have an enormous caseload and limited resources to devote to every case. Our law firm has the time and resources to provide the zealous defense that you need when facing serious criminal charges. We offer a free no obligation confidential consultation so we encourage you to contact us to see how we can help. Our Pennsylvania criminal defense team is committed to fighting for our clients’ freedom and future.