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Criminal Defense FAQs

Q: Can I get my case dismissed if I was not read “my rights?”

A: A police officer is supposed to give “Miranda warnings” (right to remain silent, etc.) after an arrest.  However, the only consequence of a Miranda violation is that the prosecution may not use any statements given after the arrest as proof of guilt. While a case will not automatically get dismissed for a Miranda violation, such an occurrence can significantly weaken a case against someone accused of a crime.

Q: What are my rights if I have been accused of a crime? 

A: Those accused of crimes in Pennsylvania have a number of rights guaranteed by both the United States and Pennsylvania Constitutions including, for example, the right against unreasonable searches and seizures, the right against self-incrimination, the right to due process, and a number of other privileges.  A criminal defendant is also presumed innocent until proven guilty, which means the prosecution has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  An experienced criminal defense attorney can discuss all of these rights with someone accused of a crime.

Q: Why should I hire a criminal defense attorney? 

A: An experienced criminal defense attorney is often the best asset for someone accused of a crime.  Such an attorney knows the law and court procedures, and will utilize this knowledge to vigorously defend your interests and protect your legal rights throughout the criminal justice system.