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When charged with a criminal offense, the expertise and experience of a good criminal defense lawyer is critical.
Criminal lawyers have extensive experience in the field of criminal defense, providing an important perspective on criminal cases. In the legal field, there are many factors and nuances that may affect your case. A criminal defense attorney who has extensive experience in criminal defense work will anticipate and prepare for challenges cases may face, potentially providing a more favorable outcome.
The following list is an example of some of criminal defense case categories that Lepley, Engelman, Yaw and Wilk, LLC’s criminal lawyers have advised, advocated and argued for clients:
- Driving Under the Influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI)
- Drug Offenses
- Sexual Offenses
Receiving a criminal charge in any of these areas is significant and can have long-lasting, serious affects. Using a lawyer well-versed in the charges – whether an assault attorney, DUI attorney, or general criminal lawyer – can be life-altering. Good criminal defense attorneys advise clients of rights, help them navigate the complex legal system, and advocate for their client’s best interest.
Criminal Offense Statistics Emphasize Need for Good Representation
From 2012-2016, there was an average of 881,580 criminal offenses committed per year in Pennsylvania, according to the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s (PCCD) 2019 report on Crime Trends and Statistics.
The statistics show that Pennsylvania law enforcement and judges are serious about curbing drug use and DUIs. During the period analyzed by the PCCD, more than a quarter of all criminal arrests were for a DUI or drugs. Nearly 50 percent of new court cases filed involved drugs or a DUI and about 30 percent of court commitments to prison were based on a lead offense related to drugs or a DUI.
Other crimes are still considered seriously as well. More than a quarter of all court commitments were related to violent offenses like assault, rape, murder or robbery and just over 20 percent of court commitments were property offenses like burglary and theft.
The data shows that those charged with a drug or DUI offense, assault, or property offense have a high likelihood of ending up in court. However, they do not have to face charges alone.
Some people feel it is unnecessary to consult or hire a criminal defense attorney when charged with DUI, assault or property offense, but the risk is high. A criminal attorney can directly impact many facets of a charge. The criminal defense attorneys at Lepley, Engelman, Yaw & Wilk, LLC have represented thousands of individuals in nearly every type of criminal charge and won acquittals or reduced sentences in many – DUI, homicide, burglary, aggravated assault, murder, rape and other criminal offenses.
For example, Lepley, Engelman, Yaw and Wilk, LLC’s George Lepley is often able to shorten DUI clients’ license suspension length, the period of incarceration, the amount of fines, and the actual time that an individual serves community service.
Hiring a skilled, experienced criminal defense attorney like Lepley, Engelman, Yaw and Wilk, LLC is extremely important when charged with a crime. The knowledge and expertise that a criminal defense attorney provides will greatly improve the outcome of case – possibly making the difference between an acquittal and a significant sentence.
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