Law Offices of George J. Costopoulos

criminal defense

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We defend the rights of the criminally accused in Pennsylvania

Being arrested, charged and convicted of a criminal offense can result in the loss of liberty and civil rights, fines and court costs, loss of privileges and a criminal record. If you or anyone you know has been accused of a crime, it is imperative to seek the prompt assistance of an experienced attorney, as the criminally accused have rights and privileges that must be safeguarded at the earliest opportunity.

Our firm handles a wide array of criminal matters, from minor offenses to the most serious felonies. On behalf of our clients, we have negotiated acceptable results with prosecuting attorneys and, when necessary, have prepared thorough and vigorous defenses.

We stand ready to assist those accused of crimes in Pennsylvania. Please contact our office for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.

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.


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.

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.

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