Have you been charged with a crime in Chester County, PA? Contact an experienced West Chester criminal defense attorney at DiCindio Law who knows the justice system inside and out. Call us today at (610) 430-3535 for a no-cost consultation, we are conveniently located in West Chester, PA.
The decisions you make when facing criminal charges could be some of the most important you’ll make in your entire life. Attorney Mike DiCindio is a former Chester County prosecutor, so you’ll benefit from his insider knowledge as our law firm builds your defense.
Why Do I Need DiCindio Law to Help Me Fight Criminal Charges in Chester County, Pennsylvania?
For more than a decade, Attorney Mike DiCindio has dedicated his practice to criminal law. He began his career as a prosecutor in the Chester County District Attorney’s Office.
His reputation for professionalism, work ethic, and integrity is known throughout the court system. The district attorneys, judges, and court clerks all know and trust him. That’s to your advantage when your future is at risk. When your freedom is on the line, you can’t take chances.
DiCindio Law maintains a perfect 10/10 rating on Avvo, a trusted lawyer rating service. Those are ratings from real people just like you who were up against the justice system. Attorney Mike DiCindio has litigated hundreds of criminal matters and is an expert in all aspects of negotiation and trial.
Attorney Mike DiCindio prides himself on the individual support he gives to each and every client. He fights aggressively in every case as if it were to keep a member of his own family out of jail.
Mike personally handles every case. He’ll make sure you understand the charges against you. Most importantly, he’ll listen to your story and stand up for your rights. He’s the West Chester defense attorney you want on your side. Contact us today for free legal advice.
We Handle All Criminal Defense Cases
DiCindio Law has a wide range of experience in all criminal defense matters – including misdemeanors and felonies, and state and federal offenses.
We’re prepared to take your case no matter how minor or serious.
A first offense DUI can be scary. We’re with you every step of the way. Repeat offenses can seriously threaten your freedom with the possibility of jail time and losing your license. Whether you’re facing DUI for alcohol or drugs, our West Chester DUI attorneys will withstand with you.
Whether you’re charged with possession or distribution charges, our thorough independent investigation can help identify weaknesses in the Commonwealth’s evidence against you.
These carry the most severe consequences. It’s critical to have a qualified attorney fighting for you as soon as possible. Let DiCindio Law’s insight into the prosecution’s playbook benefit you.
If you’ve been accused of any kind of theft, DiCindio Law can help. We’ll launch a full independent investigation into all charges and fight every piece of evidence.
When you’re under investigation or being charged with a sex offense, your freedom and reputation are at risk. You can count on DiCindio Law to expose any weaknesses in the Commonwealth’s case.
These can vary widely from receiving stolen property to vandalism. We can help you defend yourself against the allegations against you and do everything we can to minimize the consequences.
If you’re charged with a weapons offense—either on its own or in connection with another crime—we’ll help you confront it. We leave no stone unturned when building a solid defense for you.
White Collar Crimes
These are non-violent crimes, but they are no less threatening to your freedom and your future. Fraud, insider trading, embezzlement, identity theft, and more can carry serious consequences. These often involve complex and massive amounts of electronic files and evidence. We’re prepared to handle it with the utmost attention to detail.
We also handle cases involving:
- Assault charges
- Domestic violence
- Federal crimes
- Firearm cases
- Traffic tickets
- Arson and burglary
- Probation and parole violations
Whether you’re charged with a misdemeanor or felony, we jump right in and start building a strong defense for you. Contact our law office in Chester County to get more information about our criminal defense practice areas today.
How Will a Criminal Lawyer Help Me After My Arrest in Pennsylvania?
Hiring the right criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after you’ve been arrested can make or break your fate. With a former Chester County prosecutor on your side, you’ll stand a better chance to negotiate a plea deal or get the charges dismissed altogether.
You can count on us to challenge the Commonwealth’s charges every step of the way.
See If Your Arrest Was Lawful
We’ll thoroughly investigate your case to confirm whether the detention was legal. If you were arrested without the required probable cause by the police, we can challenge the arrest.
Identify If Your Rights Were Violated
You have rights under the Constitution that protect you from various acts of law enforcement. The police don’t have a right to stop, question, or search you if they don’t have reasonable suspicion or probable cause.
We’ll rely on your story. We’ll review the arrest records and all police reports to see if they messed up.
Investigate Circumstances of the Alleged Crime
We meticulously go through every aspect of your situation. We look for holes in the Commonwealth’s case, and we look for any evidence that proves your innocence.
Just a few examples of what we do include:
- Review all police reports and witness statements
- Analyze all photographs and videos of the alleged crime or crime scene
- Conduct our own interviews of witnesses, officers, and anyone else who could have information to help your case
- Look for all evidence of your innocence, such as other suspects or an alibi
You can count on us to be relentless in looking over every detail of your case. We take your freedom seriously.
Bring in Respected Experts to Help
We don’t just rely on our own investigation. We have a trusted network of experts that we can rely on to help support your case.
We may use professionals such as:
- Forensic scientists
- Ballistics experts
- Accident reconstructionists
- Forensic toxicologists
- Psychologists and psychiatrists
- Fingerprint analysts
- Former officers or detectives
- And more
Each situation is unique. We’ll strategically determine what will work best for your defense.
Challenge Every Piece of Evidence
Sometimes the Commonwealth thinks it can get away with shaky evidence. But not with DiCindio Law defending you. We’ll put up a fight for every aspect of the state’s charges against you. If evidence was illegally obtained, we’ll try to get it thrown out. We’ll argue every possible alternative story that the evidence could tell.
After all, the DAs are elected to office. They don’t want to lose in court. Whether it’s the threat of having evidence thrown out or whether we have a witness that casts doubt on their narrative, they’re likely to deal once they see that their case isn’t a slam dunk.
Keep the Police and Prosecutors Honest
Law enforcement officers and prosecutors like to scare you by reciting the maximum penalties for your transgression. Rest assured that we’ll always be upfront with you and let you know our honest, realistic assessment of what penalties you face. But we know that prosecutors and judges have discretion with charges and sentences. Our effective negotiation on your behalf can change your life.
Criminal Defense FAQ
What Should I Do If I Am Arrested?
Call DiCindio Law before you do anything else. The time immediately after you’re arrested is critical. You’re feeling anxious, and the officers and prosecutors will try to take advantage. Attorney Mike DiCindio is personally available 24/7 to take your call. He’s a former prosecutor, so who better to give you advice than someone who used to be on the other team?
Can I Get Arrested If the Police Don’t Have an Arrest Warrant?
It’s possible. Under Pennsylvania law, you can be apprehended without a warrant if the authorities see you commit a felony or misdemeanor. They can also take you into custody without a warrant if they have probable cause that you’ve committed certain transgressions.
Can the Police Conduct a Search Without a Warrant?
In some cases, yes. If you give permission, the officers don’t need a warrant. A recent change in the law requires them to have both probable cause to believe a crime has been committed and that there are circumstances requiring immediate action in order to look into your vehicle without a warrant. But, if those two factors exist, they can do it. They can also seize evidence that’s in plain view or within their reach during an arrest without a warrant.
The Police Didn’t Read My Miranda Rights – Will My Case Be Dismissed?
Not necessarily. If you were taken into custody and questioned without being advised of your Miranda rights, statements you made to policemen aren’t admissible. We’ll certainly do everything we can to challenge any statements that the cops obtained illegally. Sometimes this can result in a dismissal, but it depends entirely on the content of the statements and the complete circumstances.
Should I Cooperate With the Police and Pennsylvania State Prosecutors?
Yes and no. You should cooperate with the law enforcement officers in the sense that you shouldn’t be argumentative, resist detention, or do anything to elevate the situation. Remember, you’re probably on camera. Don’t make any admissions.
If you’re arrested, don’t say anything until you talk to your attorney. The state attorneys will tell you that if you cooperate early, you’ll get a better deal. They’ll try to tell you that once you lawyer up, it gets more complicated.
And it does—for them.
Any deal is going to affect your life. It’s an important decision. You need time to discuss all your legal options and consequences with someone who’s looking out for you.
Do I Need a West Chester Defense Attorney If I’m Innocent?
Absolutely. It’s in your best interest to have an attorney anytime you’re charged with a criminal transgression. Innocent people are wrongfully convicted all the time. Don’t let that be you. If the policemen and attorneys see that you’re not represented, they know they’ll have an easier time pinning the crime on you.
Is It Worth it to Hire an Attorney If I’m Guilty?
Definitely. Don’t leave your fate to the district attorneys. An aggressive criminal defender will challenge the evidence at every turn to weaken the Commonwealth’s case. This could result in lesser charges, an opportunity for a plea deal, or dismissed charges altogether. If you are convicted, we can present everything that weighs in your favor to try to get you a reduced sentence.
Call Our Experienced West Chester Criminal Defense Lawyers Today
If you’ve been charged with a crime in Pennsylvania, your fate is at risk. You need to act quickly. Get a former prosecutor on your team to level the playing field. Contact the West Chester criminal defense lawyers at DiCindio Law right now so we can get started fighting for your rights.
We represent clients throughout Chester County, Montgomery County, Delaware County, Bucks County, and Philadelphia County.
Our law firm is here for you 24/7. You’ll speak directly to an attorney. And your initial meeting is free, so don’t wait.
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