At McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., we represent clients facing criminal charges so we can attempt to see true justice done in our courtrooms. No matter what offense they are charged with, every citizen has the right to a fair and unbiased trial and hire a Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer to represent them.
For more information about our criminal defense services at McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., you can speak with a representative today during a free case review and consultation. Our firm takes calls 24/7.
Why Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Pennsylvania?
According to data collected between 2012 and 2016 from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), law enforcement received nearly 900,000 reports of crimes across the state. These incidents resulted in approximately 420,000 arrests annually.
Unfortunately, untold numbers of “offenders” arrested for crimes in Pennsylvania may have only been guilty of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. That is where a criminal defense lawyer comes in: to help protect innocent citizens from conviction for crimes they did not commit. We also aim to reduce the penalties our clients face when we can.
Choosing the right attorney for you means finding a defense team you can trust who is willing to advocate for you in and out of the courtroom.
Our Law Firm Can Handle Everything for You
When McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., takes over your case, you gain access to all of our criminal defense resources and the support of Attorney David McKenzie. With his prior experience as an Assistant District Attorney and prosecutor, Attorney McKenzie understands Pennsylvania law from both sides of the courtroom. He uses this knowledge to defend clients in Montgomery County and throughout the state.
As your defense team, we will take care of each aspect of your case from the moment we sign on, including:
- Listening to your account of what happened to guide our investigation
- Representing you in police interviews, preliminary hearings, and other case matters
- Collecting evidence that could bolster your defense or reveal civil rights violations
- Fighting to have the charges dropped when there is evidence of police misconduct
- Interviewing character and eyewitnesses
- Filing motions to keep you at home while awaiting trial, when possible
- Negotiating a plea deal for lighter charges or penalties when this best suits your case
- Presenting evidence to defend you and dismantle the prosecution’s case in front of a jury
- Anything else your unique case entails
Wrongful Convictions are not Uncommon
Research by the Innocence Project shows that wrongful convictions in America represent anywhere from 1% to 10% of all cases. With millions of people systematically incarcerated around the country at any given time, this translates to thousands, if not millions, of lives ruined over the years from a faulty justice system.
As a criminal defense law firm, we aim to combat the injustice continuously displayed in our legal system. We will defend our clients’ rights in these cases in the hopes that they will not be wrongfully convicted of a crime they did not commit.
Even if you did commit the crime, we can represent your case, so the court understands just why this event unfolded the way it did. In doing so, we hope to reveal the full truth of the events in question, so our clients can someday move on to put this mistake behind them.
Criminal Cases our Firm Handles in Pennsylvania
Our firm represents clients charged with a variety of offenses, ranging from minor traffic violations to charges that could result in lengthy prison sentences if convicted.
These cases include:
- DUI charges
- Drug crimes
- Federal crimes
- Theft cases
- Traffic crimes
- White-collar crimes
Further, we practice in areas that can help offenders get back on the right track, rather than condemning them because of one mistake.
Pennsylvania’s ARD Program and Expungement Process
While we work on expungements of criminal records to help offenders, we also work to utilize the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program offered by Montgomery County under 75 Pa. C.S.A. § 3807.
This unique program gives second chances to offenders with no prior convictions who have committed a nonviolent offense. The ARD program encompasses charges related to everything from shoplifting to minor drug offenses to DUI cases and more.
To learn more about our wide range of services at McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., and how we can help, you can contact a member of our staff right now for a free consultation.
Proving Innocence or Reasonable Doubt in Criminal Cases
Since every criminal case is unique, the methods for potentially proving a client’s innocence vary from case to case. Generally, a defense attorney will attempt to gather exculpatory evidence to prove the client could not have possibly committed the crime. At the very least, this evidence may create reasonable doubt as to whether the client is guilty of the offense—hopefully resulting in an acquittal or a dismissal of the charges.
While not all criminal cases go before a jury, more serious offenses—such as federal charges—may call for a trial so the defendant has the opportunity to present evidence regarding their innocence.
Possible Defense Tactics Against Criminal Charges
A criminal defense attorney retains the right to investigate their client’s case in a variety of ways. The ultimate goal is finding definitive proof that they are not guilty of the charges. These investigation methods can include, but may not be limited to:
- Calling upon the testimony of expert witnesses, such as cell phone location analysts, forensic examiners, and other industry specialists
- Using accounts of any eyewitnesses who may have been present at the time of the act in question
- Examining any video surveillance that may exonerate the client
- Cross-examining state’s witnesses, in the event of a trial
- Looking into faulty police tactics potentially used during the investigation and arrest
- Calling for the examination of DNA evidence
- Bringing character witnesses to testify on behalf of the accused
- Looking at legal precedents involving the offense
- And more, depending on the nature of the alleged crime
Every citizen deserves fair and just legal representation, and our firm can be there by your side fighting to reveal the truth behind your charges. Ultimately, we want our clients to move past this event and continue on a path to a brighter future.
Criminal Defense Lawyers Fighting to Defend Their Clients From Injustice
Clients who retain a criminal defense lawyer to represent their legal case are fighting to get back to the life they used to know. Here at McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., we want people facing criminal charges to know they do not have to stand up to the law in Pennsylvania all by themselves.
To learn more and receive your free consultation, contact one of our representatives today at (610) 680-7842. The sooner we learn about your case, the sooner we can begin looking into your legal options and protecting your rights.