If you or a family member has been investigated, arrested or charged with a crime, it is important to talk with a skilled criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. You are in good hands with the experienced criminal defense attorneys of Bentley, Gibson, Kopecki, Smith, P.C. Our attorneys take the time to understand your situation and then work hard to improve the outcome.
We can stand up for your rights and prevent you from making statements or deals that are counter to your best interests. In some cases, our early involvement convinces the prosecutor to dismiss the case or reduce the charges. As the case continues, we vigilantly look for opportunities to exclude evidence, for leverage in negotiations and for flaws in the prosecution’s evidence that we might challenge at trial.
Focused Experience In Pennsylvania Criminal Law
Our mission is to protect your freedom or to minimize the consequences of a conviction, which may include criminal penalties (jail and fines), civil penalties (loss of driving privileges or the right to possess firearms) and collateral damage (job prospects, academic scholarships, etc.).
Practicing in the criminal courts of Berks County, Lancaster County and Lebanon County, we represent adults, college students and youths who are in trouble with the law. We handle all types of criminal charges, both felony and misdemeanor, including:
- Drug crimes
- Theft and property crimes
- Fraud and forgery
- Crimes of violence
- Weapon offenses
- Juvenile offenses
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Traffic and license offenses
- Parole/probation violations
- Crimes against law enforcement
- College student crimes
We are trial lawyers who are not afraid to take your case before a judge or jury. We are also knowledgeable about sentencing alternatives, such as accelerated rehabilitative disposition (ARD), that may avoid jail or keep the conviction off your record. We also handle criminal appeals and post-conviction relief, including record expungement and restoration of gun rights. In everything we do, we are motivated by the best interests of our client, not our own convenience or financial gain.
You Are Presumed Innocent
The state has the burden of proving your guilt. Our criminal defense attorneys are former public defenders with extensive courtroom experience. We can gauge the strength of the prosecution’s case to help you make informed decisions about going to trial versus seeking a deal. We understand what is at stake and what strategies will put you in the best position for a favorable outcome.
Don’t assume that your case is hopeless. We are confident we can make a positive difference. Call (610) 685-8000, or contact us online, to schedule a free initial consultation. We can also meet clients at the jail.