DUI Defense
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Our attorneys are DUI trial veterans who will fight for your license and favorable outcomes such as case dismissal.

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CRIMINAL DEFENSE
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Michael Skinner is a highly experienced criminal lawyer and former prosecutor who will fight to protect your freedom.

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Michael J. Skinner is the founder of the Skinner Law Firm, and has been practicing criminal law for many years.

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Skinner Law Firm

Protecting Your Interests, Rights, and Freedom

Whether it was a youthful mistake or a matter of poor judgment, a criminal conviction can have a devastating impact on your life, family, and future. Even if the charges are eventually dismissed, an accusation or arrest for criminal conduct can be life-changing. You face a tarnished reputation, difficulties with employment, revocation of professional licenses, and other challenges.

Attorney Michael J. Skinner is a criminal defense attorney with years of experience representing clients throughout Pennsylvania. He has comprehensive knowledge of Pennsylvania’s criminal laws and procedural rules to help you avoid the serious consequences and harsh penalties that can result from a conviction. Mr. Skinner is dedicated to a central philosophy in representing his respected clients.

One Focus: DUI and Criminal Defense

Many general practice lawyers handle a wide range of client needs, but criminal law isn’t a practice area where broad knowledge best serves the needs of the accused. Mr. Skinner concentrates solely on DUI and criminal defense, so he brings a wealth of specific experience and knowledge of the laws governing your case. It is a field where statutes and technologies change rapidly. You need an attorney who has a thumb on the pulse of new developments and can apply novel concepts to your legal advantage.

Quality, Compassionate Representation

Mr. Skinner understands that clients don’t reach out for his assistance at enjoyable moments in their lives; those who contact our West Chester, Pennsylvania, office have likely just experienced a difficult, life-altering event. Clients accused of crimes are overwhelmed with the legal implications of an arrest and a potential conviction, and they aren’t always aware of their options. Mr. Skinner appreciates the sensitive nature of criminal cases and meets anxiety with compassion.

In the courtroom, Mr. Skinner will aggressively fight to protect your legal rights and interests. His trial approach starts by evaluating the facts of your case and crafting a defense best suited to your specific situation. He will be by your side at every stage of the criminal process, including emergency bond hearings, preliminary hearings, arraignment, pre-trial motion hearings, and trial.

Serving You, the Client

As a client, your needs and interests come first at the Skinner Law Firm. While other firms may pass off your questions and concerns to a legal assistant, paralegal, or other non-attorney staff member, Mr. Skinner is your primary point of contact. He takes every case personally and maintains an open line of communication with clients.

The stakes are high in criminal cases; don’t sacrifice quality when you retain an attorney to defend your interests. The investment in premium-quality legal representation is worth it when the outcome of your case may change the course of your life.

Contact the Skinner Law Firm at (610) 436-1410 to discuss your case directly with experienced criminal defense attorney Michael J. Skinner. The consultation is always free and confidential, and there is no time limit. From our office in West Chester, Pennsylvania, we represent clients throughout Chester County as well as parts of Delaware County, and Montgomery County. We’re ideally located to best serve your needs, just blocks from the Court of Common Pleas.

Fighting Criminal Charges in Chester County, Pennsylvania

A criminal accusation in Chester County can be devastating for an individual who has no prior criminal record. Criminal accusations – even if they are eventually dropped – can result in a lasting negative reputation in the community and have devastating consequences on education and career opportunities.

The impact of a criminal matter can be extreme for health care professionals, teachers, law enforcement, commercial drivers, pilots, and members of the military. A college student could face a disciplinary hearing, even if the incident and arrest occurred off campus. The consequences of a criminal arrest and prosecution can also be particularly harsh for an individual with a concealed weapons permit.

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 and understands the justice system from both sides, having first worked as an assistant district attorney. He has handled thousands of criminal cases and many different types of criminal charges, including hundreds of DUI cases.

Effective Representation Focused on Obtaining Results

For individuals wrongly accused of a crime in Pennsylvania, the best result is a full dismissal of all criminal charges. Michael J. Skinner works with private investigators and expert witnesses and uses all available resources to build a strong defense and obtain a favorable outcome in your case.

Proven Strategy: Michael J. Skinner’s aggressive approach to fighting for his clients is based on a thorough investigation, including gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses. With this foundation, he can litigate innovative pre-trial motions to identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and pursue dismissal.

By fighting to dismiss the case and suppress evidence during pre-trial stages, Mr. Skinner can often engage in productive negotiations to avoid trial or have the charges reduced. In some situations, he can present exculpatory evidence that might convince the prosecutor not to file any formal charges, leaving your record clear.

Time Is of the Essence in Criminal Cases: The more time that passes after your arrest, the greater the opportunity for evidence to be lost or witnesses to forget facts of the case. Hiring Mr. Skinner early in the criminal process ensures he can develop a strong strategy for your defense and help you avoid the most serious consequences of the crime.

Protect Your Rights After a Criminal Accusation

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 in Pennsylvania to represent you is your best strategy to avoid giving the prosecution the advantage in your case.

Trust a Skilled, Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer in Chester County, Pennsylvania

Although reviewing this general information about criminal cases is helpful, it’s no substitute for discussing the circumstances of your case with a criminal defense attorney. Contact Skinner Law Firm at (610) 436-1410 today to schedule a free, confidential consultation at our office in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Attorney Michael J. Skinner represents clients accused of misdemeanors, felony offenses, and DUIs throughout Chester County as well as parts of Delaware County and Montgomery County.

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