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Our clients have continued to place their faith in our compassionate legal guidance during their time of need. Every case, no matter the apparent severity of the charges, gets our highest dedication and advocacy. Below you will find a small sample of case results we’ve achieved for our clients throughout the years.

Please note this is not a comprehensive list of our successes. The results provided on this page are not intended to imply similar results for your case. The smallest details about your case can have the greatest impact on the outcome. Only a licensed and knowledgeable Pennsylvania defense attorney can help you understand the potential defenses and outcomes to your unique case.

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SKINNER LAW FIRM – CASE RESULTS

1.) Charge(s) – First Degree Murder
Result – Not Guilty
Date – April 2013
Details – Client acquitted of murder after week long jury trial in Chester County Court of Common Pleas.  Check out news articles below.
http://www.dailylocal.com/article/20130430/NEWS01/130429527
http://www.dailylocal.com/article/20130424/NEWS01/130429854
http://www.dailylocal.com/article/20130422/NEWS01/130429943


2.) Charge(s): Third-Degree Murder
Result: Reduced
Date: November 2013
Details:  Client was charged as an accomplice in the double homicide of two gang members.  Charge reduced to aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter only. Third-degree murder and all other charges were dismissed.


3.) Charge(s):  Rape, Sexual Assault, and Kidnapping
Result: Charges Reduced
Date: November 2011
Result: Client was arrested on the charges of rape and kidnapping.  During trial, criminal lawyer Michael Skinner successfully challenged the credibility of the prosecution’s witnesses.   On the fourth day of trial, Michael Skinner was able to negotiate a Nolo Contendere Plea for the Client to a lesser offense of Indecent Assault.  (A Nolo Contendere Plea is a plea, but without admitting guilt.)  As part of the plea agreement, the Client avoided a prison sentence and having to register as a sex offender.

http://www.dailylocal.com/article/DL/20111117/NEWS/311179970


4.) Charge(s) – Simple Assault, Trespassing & Criminal Conspiracy
Result: Reduced to Summary Offense
Date: July 2016
Details – Client accused of “ambushing” a woman outside her home with the intent to beat her up.  At the trial level, Attorney Michael J. Skinner was able to negotiate a favorable plea for Client to a summary offense with no jail time or probation.


5.) Charge(s) – Theft by Unlawful Taking, Bad Checks
Result: All Charges Dismissed
Date: February 2016
Details – Client accused of willfully failing to pay rent totaling over $16,000.  Counsel Michael J. Skinner successfully defended the case and all charges were dismissed for lack of criminal intent.


6.) Charge(s) – Obstruction of Law, Tampering with Evidence
Result: All Charges Withdrawn
Date: February 2016
Details – Client accused of removing and hiding physical evidence from police while her residence was being search by police. At the preliminary hearing, all charges were dismissed.  Charges were subsequently expunged from Client’s record.


7.) Charges: Child Pornography
Result: Dismissed
Date: August 2015
Details:  Client was charged with possessing child pornography on his computer by downloading images from a peer-to-peer networking website.  Skinner Law Firm aggressively defended the charges in pretrial litigation.  As a result, all charges were withdrawn by the district attorney’s office.


8.) Charges:  Aggravated Assault & Recklessly Endangering Another Person
Result:  All Felony & Misdemeanors Charges Dismissed
Date: April 2015
Details:  Client charged with assaulting a woman and breaking her arm.  Attorney Michael Skinner effectively raised reasonable doubt about the woman’s story and credibility.  As a result, the district attorney’s office withdrew all felony and misdemeanor charges against our Client.


9.) Charges: Possession With Intent To Deliver Marijuana
Result: Charges Reduced
Date: July 2014
Details: Client was caught with several pounds of marijuana-infused candy.   Client was subsequently charged with felony drug trafficking. During pretrial litigation, charges were reduced to simple possession and paraphernalia.  All remaining charges were dropped and Client avoided a felony conviction and lengthy prison sentence.


10.) Charges: Sexual Offender Registration
Result: Sex Offender Registration Dismissed
Date: June 2014
Details:  Client was represented by another criminal attorney when Client pled guilty to a sex offense.  Client was thereafter required to register as a sex-offender.  Client subsequently hired Skinner Law Firm to challenge the registration requirement.  Michael Skinner successfully had the Client removed from Pennsylvania’s sex offender registry.


11.) Charges: Indecent Exposure, Harassment
Result: Charges Reduced
Date: June 2014
Details: Client allegedly had sexual contact with two high school students.  After aggressive pretrial negotiations between the district attorney’s office and attorney Michael Skinner, the indecent exposure offense was withdrawn.  Client pled guilty to harassment and avoided any Meghan’s Law implications or registration.


12.) Charge(s):  PennDOT Appeal
Result: License Suspension Overturned
Date: October 2013
Result:  Following a conviction for DUI, PennDOT failed to begin license suspension until the following year.  Defense attorney Michael Skinner filed an appeal of the suspension for unreasonable delay.  The trial judge agreed and overturned the Client’s license suspension.


13.) Charge(s):  DUI
Result: Dismissed
Date: April 2013
Result:  Following a vehicle crash, Client was arrested for DUI based on prescription drugs.  Defense lawyer Michael Skinner filed a pretrial motion challenging the sufficiency of the evidence.  The DUI offense was subsequently dismissed.


14.) Charges: Burglary
Result: Dismissed
Date: July 2012
Details:  Client allegedly broke into a residence and stole property while homeowner was on vacation.  Attorney Michael Skinner aggressively defended the charges.  All charges were later dismissed.


15.) Charges: PennDOT Appeal
Result: License Suspension Overturned
Date: April 2012
Details: Following his DUI arrest, Client refused to submit to chemical testing of his blood.  Thereafter, PennDOT suspended Client’s driver’s license for one year.   Skinner Law Firm filed an appeal of the suspension and successfully argued that Client was not properly advised of the ‘Implied Consent Warnings.’ Client’s license suspension was overturned.


16.) Charge(s): DUI and False ID
Result: DUI Dismissed
Date: February 2012
Result: Client was stopped for a traffic violation.  During vehicle stop, Client provided police with a false name.  Client was subsequently arrested for DUI and providing false identification to law enforcement.  Attorney Michael Skinner filed a pretrial motion challenging the sufficiency of the DUI charge. Before trial, the DUI offense was dismissed.


17.) Charge(s):  Theft by Unlawful Taking and Receiving Stolen Property
Result: Case Dismissed
Date: August 2011
Details:  Client accused of stealing classmate’s property.  At the preliminary hearing in district court, all charges against client were dismissed for lack of evidence.


18.) Charge(s) – Indecent Assault, Criminal Trespass, Harassment
Result: Case Dismissed
Date: July 2011
Details – Client accused of sexually assault against a college coed. Following the preliminary hearing, all charges were dismissed for lack of evidence

 

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