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Michael J. Skinner
Former Assistant District Attorney
Skinner Law Firm
Michael J. Skinner of the Skinner Law Firm defends individuals charged with a variety of criminal offenses in southeastern Pennsylvania, including all aspects of DUI, misdemeanor and felony crimes. The Skinner Law Firm is located in West Chester, PA. In addition to Chester County, Michael Skinner represents men and women charged with crimes in Delaware County, Montgomery County and Lancaster County.
West Chester Criminal Defense Attorney
Contact the Skinner Law Firm at (267) 388-3476 to discuss your case directly with Michael J. Skinner, either in the office or over the phone. Let him evaluate the particular facts of your case and craft a defense best suited to your specific situation. Hiring effective representation early in the criminal process will help ensure your rights are protected at each stage of the criminal case, including emergency bond hearings, preliminary hearings, arraignment, pre-trial motion hearings, through trial.
Michael J. Skinner’s aggressive approach to fighting for his clients is based on thor ough investigation, filing and litigating innovative pre-trial motions, and meticulous trial preparation. An aggressive fight to dismiss the charges and suppress evidence during all pre-trial stages of the case often leads to the best negotiations to avoid trial. When the prosecutor has insufficient evidence the best result is getting the charges completely dismissed.
Avoid the Most Severe Consequences After a Criminal Accusation
A criminal accusation in Chester County can be devastating for an individual who has no prior criminal record. Criminal accusations, even if eventually dropped, can result in a lasting negative reputation in the community and have devastating consequences on education and career opportunities.
Professionals in the health care profession such as doctors and nurses, teachers, law enforcement, and members of the military can be particularly impacted. College students can face a disciplinary hearing even if the incident and arrest occurred off campus. The consequences of a criminal arrest and prosecution can be particularly harsh for individuals with a concealed weapons permit and commercial drivers or pilots.
Michael J. Skinner understands the direct and indirect repercussions a criminal accusation or arrest can have on an individual. He has devoted his career to all aspects of criminal law. He has handled thousands of criminal cases in many different types of criminal charges, including hundreds of DUI cases. The former Assistant District Attorney has years of experience in the state’s criminal system. Due to this first-hand knowledge, he understands the justice system from both sides.
Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney who is knowledgeable about Pennsylvania's criminal laws may help you avoid the most serious consequences and harsh penalties that can result from a conviction.
Effective Representation Devoted to Obtaining Results
For individuals who have been wrongly accused of a crime in Lancaster County or throughout Pennsylvania, the best result is to have the criminal charges dismissed. Michael J. Skinner works with both private investigators and expert witnesses to build a strong defense on your behalf. The Skinner Law Firm uses all available resources to fight for the best possible result in your case.
Often after a criminal arrest in Montgomery County, your defense attorney can present your side of the story to the prosecutor. These pre-file negotiations may result in the criminal charges being reduced to a more lenient charge. In some cases the criminal defense attorney can present exculpatory evidence that might convince the prosecutor not to file any formal charges.
Once your attorney is hired at or near the beginning of the criminal process, the attorney will be able to gather evidence, interview witnesses, and file any pre-trial motions in order to fight for the charges to be dismissed or to convince the District Attorney to agree to the most favorable outcome possible.
The prosecution has the burden of proving a criminal charge beyond all reasonable doubt. Your criminal defense attorney will make every effort to demonstrate the prosecution lacks sufficient evidence to meet this high standard.
This web site provides general information about a wide variety of criminal offenses commonly prosecuted in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Although learning general information about criminal charge is an important first step, no substitute exists for talking directly with a criminal defense attorney about the particular facts and circumstances of your case.
Protect Your Rights
Do not speak to any law enforcement official following your arrest until you have spoken with your attorney. You have a constitutional right against self-incrimination, which will help you avoid giving the prosecution any evidence they can use against you in your criminal case.
Although you may feel like you have to talk to the arresting officer, you have no legal obligation to do so. Simply tell the officer you want to exercise your right to remain silent until you have spoken to your attorney. Trying to talk your way out of the criminal charge, or explain your side of the story to the arresting officer may actually hurt your case. Your account of the situation can best be explained through your attorney.
The law enforcement officers and prosecution will try to use anything to weaken your case. Hiring a criminal defense attorney to represent you is in your best interest to avoid giving the prosecution anything that may be harmful to your case.
Fight Your Criminal Charge Today
Timing is crucial in criminal cases. The more time that passes after your arrest provides more opportunity for evidence to be lost or witnesses to forget facts of the case. Hiring an attorney early in the criminal process will ensure you receive your best possible defense, and can possibly help you avoid the most serious consequences to your offense.
Call the Skinner Law Firm at (267) 388-3476 today for a consultation about your criminal charge. Attorney Michael J. Skinner represents clients accused of misdemeanor and felony offenses throughout the Boroughs of West Chester in Chester County, Lancaster in Lancaster County, Norristown in Montgomery County, and Media in Delaware County.