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Criminal Defense Lawyer in Lancaster, PA

You shouldn’t compromise when seeking legal representation for a criminal defense. Your freedom, reputation, and future are at stake. You need the best legal counsel possible. At Chieppor & Egner LLC, we are committed to providing exceptional criminal defense services that aim to protect your rights and secure the most favorable outcomes possible.

A Unique Approach to Criminal Defense

Our founding partners, Jonathan Chieppor and Alex Egner, bring years of experience to the table both as defense attorneys and former prosecutors in Lancaster County. This dual perspective gives us a unique understanding of how the prosecution will build its case against you. We’re not just playing defense; we’re always several steps ahead, strategically opposing the prosecutor’s arguments while building a strong defense for you.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI/DWI)

Facing a DUI/DWI charge in Pennsylvania is a frightening and stressful experience with life-changing repercussions. The potential criminal penalties are severe, including fines, probation, or even jail time. A DUI conviction can also lead to the loss of your driving privileges, a consequence that can disrupt your life by affecting your ability to work, attend school, or meet family obligations.

At Chieppor & Egner LLC, our approach to DUI defense seeks to mitigate these damages through aggressive representation aimed at protecting your rights on both the criminal and administrative aspects of your case.

One of the first elements we look at is the initial traffic stop that led to your arrest. Law enforcement officers must have a valid reason, known as “reasonable suspicion,” to pull you over. This could range from a traffic violation like speeding to more specific indications of impaired driving, such as swerving or erratic behavior. If the officer cannot substantiate the reason for the traffic stop, the subsequent arrest and evidence may be deemed inadmissible in court, potentially leading to the dismissal of your case.

In addition to questioning the legality of the traffic stop, we look at the procedures followed during your arrest and the collection of evidence. This includes scrutinizing the administration of field sobriety tests, which are often subject to human error or biased interpretation. Breathalyzer and blood tests are also closely reviewed for accuracy and compliance with legal protocols. Any discrepancies, such as improperly calibrated equipment or deviations from standard procedure, can cast doubt on the prosecution’s evidence, providing us with leverage during plea negotiations or trial.

 

Administrative penalties, such as the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license, are another aspect of a DUI case. This process is separate from the criminal proceedings and requires timely action to protect your driving privileges. We help you during these administrative hearings, offering representation aimed at minimizing the impact on your license. Even in cases where suspension is inevitable, we explore options like applying for a restricted license that allows you to drive under specific conditions, ensuring that the disruption to your daily life is as minimal as possible.

Beyond the immediate legal proceedings, a DUI charge can have long-lasting repercussions, affecting your employment prospects, insurance premiums, and even social standing. Our approach to defense doesn’t end at the courtroom; we provide counsel on mitigating these secondary impacts, offering resources and advice aimed at helping you rebuild your life post-charge.

Drug-Related Offenses

Whether you’re accused of possession, distribution, or manufacturing of controlled substances like marijuana, cocaine, or prescription drugs such as oxycodone, the impact of a drug-related offense on your life can be severe. These charges can result in expensive fines, probation, and even incarceration.

One of the first steps we recommend is immediate action that can benefit your case in the long term. For example, voluntarily enrolling in drug dependency treatment programs can help during your legal proceedings. Taking such proactive steps can show the court and the prosecution that you are committed to making positive changes in your life. This can be especially beneficial during plea negotiations or even at trial. We understand the value of these early interventions and can guide you through them, connecting you with reputable programs and ensuring that your efforts are recognized in your legal case.
Each drug-related case is unique and requires a tailored legal strategy. Factors such as the amount and type of substance involved, your criminal history, and the circumstances of your arrest all contribute to the development of your defense.

We begin by thoroughly reviewing all aspects of your case, from the legality of the search and seizure to the credibility of any informants or witnesses involved. We then use this information to formulate a customized defense strategy for you. This could involve challenging the evidence presented by the prosecution, negotiating for reduced charges, or advocating for alternative sentencing options like drug court or diversion programs.

Another essential component of your defense is the protection of your constitutional rights. From the moment you’re charged, we examine each step taken by law enforcement to make sure there are no violations. Any procedural errors or infringements on your rights could result in the suppression of evidence, significantly weakening the prosecution’s case and, in some cases, leading to the dismissal of charges.

Beyond the courtroom, we understand that drug-related offenses can have far-reaching implications on your life. Issues like employment, housing, and educational opportunities can all be adversely affected by a drug-related charge. That’s why our representation is designed to extend beyond the legal proceedings. We offer comprehensive support to mitigate the larger life impacts, guiding you through potential obstacles and helping you put your best foot forward after the case is resolved.

At Chieppor & Egner LLC, we are committed to providing a strong, proactive defense against drug-related charges, designed not just to get you through the legal system but to set you on a path toward a better future.

Theft and White-Collar Crimes

Allegations of theft or involvement in white-collar crimes can be damaging to your reputation and difficult to defend. Sometimes, the key to your defense might be negotiating a restitution agreement, effectively circumventing criminal charges altogether. With our in-depth knowledge of local laws and procedures, we’re fully equipped to handle these cases and develop personalized strategies for you.

Probation and Parole Violations

Technical violations of probation or parole terms can often be challenged successfully. We can help you dissect the claims against you, potentially leading to the dismissal of allegations. Our goal is to make sure you’re not unfairly penalized for minor discrepancies or misunderstandings.

Fraud-Related Cases

In today’s world, allegations of welfare fraud or COVID relief funds fraud are particularly sensitive issues that require immediate legal attention. As former prosecutors, we have strategies to fight these charges, allowing us to provide you with a well-rounded defense that aims to preserve your integrity.

Affordable and Accessible Legal Services

We believe that everyone deserves access to high-quality legal representation, regardless of their financial situation. That’s why we offer sliding scale fees and participate in pro bono programs. After an initial free consultation, we can determine your eligibility for reduced rates so you have access to the legal help you need.

Contact a Lancaster Drug Offenses Lawyer

Whether you’re facing your first offense or going through the appeals process, Chieppor & Egner LLC is here to guide you through every step.

We encourage you to schedule a consultation to discuss your situation. You can contact us online or call 717-393-1400. Make the choice to put your defense in capable hands. Your freedom, reputation, and future are too important to leave to chance.

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