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Attorney Mike Skinner

Our Promise to Every Client

Just because you were charged with a crime or pulled over for DUI does not mean you are a criminal. At Skinner Law Firm, our criminal defense attorneys promise to protect everything you have built and worked tirelessly to earn. Get the justice you deserve. Let a West Chester criminal attorney look at what happened, discuss your options, and fight to ensure that one mistake or misunderstanding does not define you.

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At Skinner Law Firm LLC

1. We Know What You’re Dealing With

You’ll Receive Unmatched Personal Attention from a Former Chester County Prosecutor.

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2. We Will Do What It Takes

Our Criminal Lawyers Balance Aggressive Advocacy with Sensible Legal Strategies to Find Real Solutions.

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3. Our Results Speak for Themselves

With Our History of Success, We’ve Likely Helped Someone in a Similar Situation.

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A masterful defense lawyer

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Going above and beyond for their clients is an understatement.

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Best lawyer in Delaware County

He was extremely helpful and knowledgeable.

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From day one I felt comfortable with him and confident that he would help me get the best outcome available.

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Mr. Skinner went above and beyond

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Michael was able to give me clear guidance on my legal options and explained each step of the process.

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I went to Skinner after researching all the law firms in the area and without a doubt would go to him for everything.

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He is very professional and understanding of each person’s needs.

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Mike Skinner is an excellent attorney.

He was able to get me a lesser sentence and always treated me with respect throughout.

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More than exceptional

He was very negotiable and understanding of my circumstances.

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He’s worth every penny.

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Thank you, Mr. Skinner

Michael Skinner is an excellent lawyer that knows your rights, and he will indeed fight for you.

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Mike is the guy to call!

A top-notch attorney in West Chester.

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Michael had listened intently

I would highly recommend him to anyone facing charges or violations in Chester County.

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I am grateful he helped me.

Extensive experience with defending DUI’s and I saw this confidence in the courtroom.

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Mr Skinner always kept us updated about the case and was prompt with his responses.

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Working with Mr. Skinner has been a pleasure.

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I am eternally grateful

Mike Skinner resolved this case in the best way possible, and I am eternally grateful for his advice and counsel.

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I would highly recommend him.

I was nervous regarding my situation, but after a brief conversation describing my charges and the delicacy of my situation, Michael assured me he could easily handle this case.

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Placed into the ARD program.

Michael and Nichole made me feel comfortable as you truly feel that you are discussing your problem with friends.

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Mike Skinner in the best.

He is very nice and will work with to help get you the best possible outcome.

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Always available

Anyone faced with a DUI charge needs Mike Skinner.

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Gave me realistic advice.

He was able to reduce my son’s sentence from a potentially harsh fine, loss of driving privileges or even jail time, down to a few community service hours.

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A West Chester Criminal Defense Attorney

Michael J. Skinner is a former Assistant District Attorney in Chester County, and an accomplished criminal defense lawyer. With this level of experience and institutional knowledge regarding Pennsylvania criminal law and procedure, attorney Skinner is an invaluable resource for anyone accused of a crime in Chester, Delaware, or Montgomery Counties.

Set up a free consultation with a criminal defense attorney near you today. Call (610) 436-1410 to discuss your case one-on-one with criminal attorney Michael Skinner.

DUI Defense

An arrest for driving under the influence can happen to anyone. A DUI could mean time behind bars, a license suspension, and thousands in fines and costs. Contrary to what many believe, DUI convictions are not absolute. Police stops are not always conducted properly, and BAC tests can be unreliable. By investing in an experienced West Chester DUI lawyer, you can secure a far better result.

DUI Defense

Sex Crimes

Sex crime accusations are devastating. A conviction can result in lengthy prison sentences, embarrassing stigmas, and registration as a sex offender. These criminal cases can be difficult to defend without the help of a criminal attorney, and early intervention is often vital. Let us examine the case, find the flaws, build your credibility, and ensure you get to tell your side of the story.

Sex Crimes

Drug Crimes

Substance abuse and addiction are real problems, but the criminal justice system is rarely the solution. Charges like drug possession or drug trafficking can lead to prison and life-long limitations. Remember, you still have options. By working with a West Chester criminal lawyer, you can pursue having a drug charge dismissed or reduced, or find a diversion program that offers the help you need.

Drug Crimes

Weapons/Firearms Defense

There are various laws you must follow to legally possess, use, transport, or sell a firearm. Mistakes or oversights on a gun application can lead to possible jail time and jeopardize your right to own a firearm. If you are accused of a weapon or gun crime, take it seriously from the start. Contact a criminal defense attorney who knows Pennsylvania criminal law and how to defend you.

Weapons/Firearms Defense

Violent Crimes

These charges include assault, domestic violence, and homicide. These situations are not one size fits all, but law enforcement aggressively pursues these cases, and the punishments are harsh. No matter the accusation, or if it was exaggerated or misrepresented, an experienced West Chester criminal lawyer will protect your rights. This could be the difference in getting your charges reduced, dropped, or dismissed.

Violent Crimes

Property Crimes

These offenses involve destruction, defacing, or damaging the property of another person or business. They include arson, burglary, trespassing, and criminal mischief. Property crimes can result from pranks or various other circumstances, but the consequences can be severe. Your first step should be to contact an experienced West Chester criminal attorney. Let us assess the situation, help you, and pursue the best course of action.

Property Crimes

Theft Charges

Theft ranges from shoplifting to complex frauds and felonies. Aside from jail, a theft conviction will tarnish your reputation, making it difficult to move forward. However, the value involved and your intent will be very important. An effective criminal defense attorney can improve your situation. Diversion programs are often available, and you may be eligible to have your charge reduced or dismissed.

Theft Charges

Federal Defense

Federal charges involve crimes that cross borders or occur on federal property. This includes various financial crimes, drug offenses, and firearm charges. They can be very different from state crimes, often carrying mandatory minimum sentences. In federal cases, our criminal lawyers will fight to challenge the indictment and limit the penalties. We may even be able to resolve matters before it gets to the courtroom.

Federal Defense

Have You Been Accused of a Crime?

No matter the allegations, we’re here to guide you and answer all your questions.

Next Steps

Common Legal Terms

1. Preliminary Arraignment

The first court appearance is before a Magisterial District Judge, who will advise you of your rights, read the complaint against you, set bail, and schedule a preliminary hearing. Note – if you were served a Summons and Criminal Complaint via mail, the preliminary arraignment will be held on the same date and time as the preliminary hearing.

2. Preliminary Hearing

Preliminary hearings are held in district court, where a prosecutor provides evidence that a crime was committed, and that you were the perpetrator. The burden of proof for this is much lower than a trial, referred to as “prima facia,” meaning valid on its face. If the prosecution fails to meet this burden, some or all of the charges will be dismissed.

Preliminary Hearing

3. Formal Arraignment

This is the formal presentment of criminal charges filed against you in a document called the “Information.” At the arraignment, a representative of the District Attorney’s Office will enter the details into the record and the court will accept either a “guilty” or “not guilty” plea.

4. Pre-Trial Motions

After the formal arraignment, you enter the discovery phase where evidence is collected from the prosecutor and reviewed. This includes police reports, lab reports, witness statements, and other physical materials. Once everything is examined, Pre-Trial Motions may be filed challenging the evidence, raise procedural errors and other legal issues. This will determine what evidence is admissible at trial, and in some cases, may result in a complete dismissal of the charges before trial.

5. Status Conference

Sometimes called a “Pre-Trial Conference” or the “Call of the List,” this is a conference between the defense attorney, the prosecutor, and the judge. The purpose of the meeting is to update the court on the status of your case and whether the case is ready for trial or will be resolved by some other alternative such as ARD or guilty plea.

6. Trial

If the case moves to trial, the Commonwealth must prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. In all felony cases and most misdemeanor cases, you have the right to a jury trial. However, in some cases, you may elect to have a trial by a judge only. A trial can be technical, but essentially each side will make legal arguments, call witnesses, and present evidence that supports their theory

7. Guilty Plea

In some cases, plea bargaining with the prosecution or court can sometimes provide for a much better outcome than risking a trial. A plea deal can allow you to plead guilty to a lesser offense with the more serious charges being dismissed. A guilty plea can also provide for a more lenient sentence such as probation in lieu of jail.

8. Sentencing

If the jury issues a “Not Guilty” verdict, the case will be over. If the verdict is “Guilty” or you “Pled Guilty,” the case moves to sentencing. Pennsylvania follows structured sentencing guidelines. When determining sentencing, the Court will consider any aggravating elements like use of a weapon, mitigating factors such as no prior criminal record, and other relevant information related to the case.

Mike Skinner Is On Your Side

When you’re charged with a crime, it can feel like your whole life is at stake. But every case can be improved. DUIs can be dismissed, felonies can be withdrawn, witnesses can be wrong, and false allegations happen. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney is an investment in the life you built and everything you can still accomplish. At Skinner Law Firm LLC, our criminal defense attorneys in West Chester, PA fight for your future – because you are the priority.

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Our Recent Successes

  • DUI Charges Withdrawn

    Result: Charges Withdrawn

    A Chester County woman was pulled over by a police officer who claimed that she was driving erratically and weaving. He arrested her for a DUI.

  • No Jail Time for Felony Strangulation Offense

    Result: Charges Reduced

    A schoolteacher faced a felony strangulation charge and at least five years in jail because of an alleged physical altercation with his wife. After being placed on administrative leave pending the case’s outcome, the client feared losing his job.

  • Strangulation Charges Dismissed Against Veteran

    Result: Charges Dismissed

    A veteran who has PTSD was accused of strangling his girlfriend. The client had memory issues and could not recall the details of the encounter, which occurred during the Covid lockdown in Chester County. Attorney Skinner successfully negotiated during the…

  • Not Guilty Boosts Client’s Fresh Start

    Result: Not Guilty

    A young Chester County man who wanted to make a fresh start asked attorney Michael Skinner for help with an active warrant for retail theft. The client was accused of shoplifting at a Marshall’s department store but evaded police.

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our awards & memberships

  • A professional non-profit dedicated to the improvement of the criminal defense bar, and to providing valuable information to the public about drunk driving laws. Members of the NCDD are considered the most experienced DUI defense attorneys in the United States and Canada.

  • The preeminent organization in the United States. NACDL serves as a leader in identifying and reforming flaws in the criminal justice system, and addressing systemic racism, and ensuring that the criminal defense bar is fully equipped to serve all accused persons at the highest level.

  • PACDL is the premier network of the best defense attorneys in PA with a mission to educate, advocate, and inspire by providing support for criminal defense lawyers, promoting effective competence, leveling the playing field, and protecting freedoms.

  • The Pennsylvania Bar Association promotes and protects the legal profession, the rights of Pennsylvania citizens and access to justice for all. Membership is open to any lawyer in good standing who is licensed by the Bar of Pennsylvania.

  • The American Bar Association is one of the world’s largest voluntary professional organizations, with over 400,000 members and more than 3,500 entities. Their mission is to serve its members, the legal profession, and the public by defending liberty and delivering justice as the national representative of the legal profession.

  • The CCBA promotes professionalism, inclusion, and collegiality within the Chester County legal profession, and enhances the quality of life of its members and the practice of law within the community.

  • The NORML Legal Committee (NLC) is composed of attorneys committed to the overall goals of NORML. NLC attorneys meet each year to discuss emerging legal issues related to defense of marijuana consumers and to support each other in the pursuit of justice.

  • The American Institute’s Criminal Law Division is an impartial third-party rating service recognizing the excellence of fellow practitioners. To help clients across the United States make educated decisions, we compile an exclusive list of the “10 Best” Attorneys for each State. Our “10 Best” is a prestigious honor extended only to those who have reached the top of their profession while doing so with the client’s satisfaction being of paramount importance.

  • The American Institute’s DUI/DWI Division recognizes the excellence of practitioners in the field of DUI/DWI defense. We compile an exclusive list of the “10 Best” Attorneys for each State for potential clients to utilize. We look for Attorneys that have achieved unparalleled success but most importantly have done so for the benefit of their client. Very few Attorneys can do so and our organization recognizes this significant achievement.

  • Attorney Michael Skinner has been consistently recognized as among the best lawyers in Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. Attorneys are nominated via peer balloting, then vetted through our editorial process in various fields of practice.

  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state. Membership is extended only to the most qualified attorneys who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile. Each of our distinguished members possesses the knowledge, skill, experience, and success held by only the best and finest lawyers in America.

  • The Super Lawyers list recognizes no more than 5 percent of attorneys in each state. The Rising Stars further distinguishes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys, and to be eligible, a Rising Stars candidate must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.