Criminal Defense

 

Committed to Protecting Your Rights

We will sit down with you to address your concerns and give you an honest legal opinion of your case. We prepare you for every step of the process and we will do everything ethically possible to keep you out of jail.

Trial lawyers Duke George and Dan Joseph have handled every type of criminal defense case in 80-plus years of practice.  We are death penalty certified by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for our actual experience defending murder cases, our proven skills in criminal trials and our knowledge of criminal defense law.

Mr. George and Mr. Joseph have the respect of area judges and we know their tendencies. We also know the police and prosecutors throughout western Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh area and strongly believe they must be held to the highest standards of conduct to preserve our liberties as citizens.

 

We Will Fight to Improve Your Situation

We can’t promise you will be cleared of all charges, although we have obtained many dismissals and not-guilty verdicts. Sometimes we have to define winning as cutting your losses and negotiating a plea for less prison time, or accepting a misdemeanor record and probation instead of jail.

We explore all grounds to get your case dismissed or exclude certain witnesses or evidence. We expose weaknesses in the prosecution’s case that lead to favorable plea offers or reasonable doubt for a jury. And we can often soften the impact of a conviction or plea by convincing the court to defer jail time.

We will fight for you and aggressively guard your rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution. Discuss your case in a free, confidential consultation.  Contact us. We accept Visa and MasterCard.

 

Violent Crimes

Our lawyers attack every part of the prosecution’s case to get charges dismissed or create reasonable doubt for the jury. We never take the police report at face value. Our investigators can re-interview prosecution witnesses and check into their backgrounds. Are they lying to protect their own skin? Were they offered a deal in exchange for testimony? Are there new witnesses the police ignored or failed to find? Does the alleged victim have a motivation to make false accusations?

We have the forensic evidence re-examined by independent experts. We explore all possible defenses (self-defense, provocation, mistaken identity, false statements). And we take a close look at whether the authorities had probable cause for your arrest and the search warrants used in the case. We believe that the more serious the charges, the more critical it is to demand that the criminal justice system honor your constitutional rights.

Pleading guilty is a hard pill to swallow, but plea negotiations have made a major difference when our clients faced slim odds at trial and mandatory sentences. One client avoided life in prison because we argued successfully for third degree murder. Another client accused of indecent assault on a 14-year-old girl had everything on the line – a wife, two young children and a job. We had a strong case but arranged a plea for one year of probation instead of the 5 year mandatory sentence he could have received if the jury had found him guilty.

Duke George and Dan Joseph are certified by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for death penalty defense, a recognition of their knowledge, skills and actual trial experience in murder and violent crimes. Whatever charges you face, no one is better prepared to take up your cause.

 

Drug Offences

Penalties for a drug conviction are harsh and long-lasting. At George & Joseph, Attorneys at Law, we fight to prevent jail and protect your reputation and your future. Our lawyers have the skill and experience to make a difference, no matter how bad things seem.

Duke George and Dan Joseph use 80 years of experience to help you respond aggressively and avoid the worst. Our New Kensington law firm represents clients in Westmoreland County, the Pittsburgh area and Allegheny County, Armstrong County, Butler County and Indiana County. We have represented many college students from surrounding schools and universities.

Mr. George and Mr. Joseph have achieved countless dismissals, not-guilty verdicts and favorable pleas on behalf of clients for state or federal drug charges, such as:

  • Possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of cocaine, crack, heroin and other controlled substances
  • Prescription drug charges (Oxycontin, Vicodin, etc.)
  • Intent to sell
  • Delivery or sale
  • Drug conspiracy and money laundering

Depending on the type of drug, the amount and your prior criminal history, a conviction may carry mandatory prison time. Our number one priority is to avoid serving time, or to reduce the prison sentence.

Duke George and Dan Joseph are veteran trial lawyers who knows the tactics of local prosecutors and the tendencies of the area judges who will hear your case. We attack every facet of the prosecution’s case, starting with violations of your constitutional rights:

  • Did the police have good reason to stop your car or search your person? Any drugs found without probable cause may lead to dismissal or suppression of evidence? Did investigators have a warrant and adhere to it?
  • Are witnesses or informants reliable? Are they getting a deal to testify against you?
  • Did the undercover officer or agent actually witness a drug transaction? Is it a case of mistaken identity?
  • Does the evidence point to personal use rather than drug dealing?

We are guided by what’s in your best interests, not what is convenient for us or the court. We will fight to the end for the most favorable outcome. There may be diversion programs for low-level offenses that allow you to avoid jail and later clear your record. If you are facing more serious drug charges, We know when to negotiate a plea and when a trial is your best option.

 

DUI

Few things are more disheartening than an arrest for drunk driving. You blew more than .08 on the breathalyzer and now you stand to lose your license, pay steep fines, maybe serve time in jail. The criminal record can follow you for a long time.

It’s not always as cut and dried as it seems. The law office of George & Joseph in New Kensington offers aggressive and proven strategies to beat a DUI charge or at least minimize the impact. Contact us today to find out how we can help.

These cases are often won or lost in the initial stages and pre-trial motions. Criminal defense lawyers Duke George and Dan Joseph use all ther 80 years of experience to challenge the state’s case if you are accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs:

  • Did the officer have reasonable suspicion to pull you over or just a “hunch”? Did he make false conclusions from field sobriety tests? Did he follow department procedures? Did he ignore your constitutional rights? Does the dashboard video tell a different story?
  • We use toxicologists to fight the blood or breath tests. Was the sample properly drawn and analyzed? How long after your arrest was it taken? Was the device used to measure intoxication in good working condition?

A first conviction for DUI will not usually involve jail time, depending on your BAC (level of intoxication) and whether there was an accident. But it puts your driver’s license in jeopardy and sets you up for harsh penalties if you are arrested for drunk driving again within 10 years.

Many first offenders are eligible for Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) –  a pre-trial diversionary program that does not require the entry of a plea but allows you to keep the DUI off your public record and (usually) retain your license. If ARD is an option (it’s up to the D.A.), We can advise whether you should accept it or fight the charges.

A second or third DUI means mandatory jail time, massive fines, license revocation and other serious consequences. It is critical to fight the charges, and you need an aggressive attorney who knows where the weak spots are and when to negotiate.

George & Joseph provides the sophisticated defense you need to limit the impact. We vigorously represent you on the criminal charges and on the DUI license suspension. We handle all related charges, such as refusal to submit to testing, DUI resulting in injury or death or driving after suspension. We can also help you get a DUI expungement after completing ARD.