Erie PA Criminal Defense Lawyers
Criminal charges may lead to serious consequences including possible jail time, steep fines and court costs, a potential permanent record, and even cause you to lose your job.
As former veteran prosecutors who are now defense attorneys, we have a unique perspective when it comes to defending against criminal charges. Our Erie PA criminal defense lawyers have handled every type of case imaginable, from drug crimes to murder cases to traffic offenses. Our background gives us the experience to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecution’s case. This puts us in the best position possible to explore every possible defense, take the case to trial or successfully negotiate a plea and sentence.
Why Hire Our Erie PA Criminal Defense Lawyers
The first question you should ask an attorney you are thinking of hiring for your pending criminal charges is ‘How many trials have you had in front of a judge and or jury?’ Their answer should not include preliminary hearings. Our Erie PA criminal defense attorneys have handled well over 100 jury and non-jury trials over the course of their legal careers.
By serving as defense attorneys for many years with thousands of clients throughout the Erie, Warren & Crawford County areas our Erie PA criminal defense lawyers have earned respect for our knowledge of criminal law. We have refined our strategies to investigate and defeat criminal charges as well as sharpened our skills at persuading prosecutors, judges, and juries.
Not all criminal defense attorneys in Northwestern Pennsylvania are created equal. Without an attorney who regularly handles criminal cases and who keeps up with often complex changes in the law, you might be making matters worse for yourself. Again, has your attorney actually been in criminal jury trials fighting for their client? Isn’t that something you should expect?
The case against you is serious and can carry consequences which could affect your present and your future. If you are facing criminal charges, contact the Erie PA criminal defense lawyers at McCormick & Vilushis, LLC today for a free, no obligation legal consultation so we can discuss your case and how to strategically fight to protect and defend your rights before they are lost.
How Bail Works When Facing Criminal Charges
When someone is arrested on suspicion of a crime, that person will be taken by law enforcement agents to jail for booking. During this process, the person will have a mug shot taken, he or she will be fingerprinted, and asked for a statement. While awaiting his or her day in court, the individual will be held in jail unless he or she is released on bail.
Bail is a financial arrangement that a bail bonding agency will make on behalf of the criminal defendant. A bail bonding agency, acting for the defendant, will arrange with the court to have a suspect released from jail pending the trial in exchange for money or collateral, which may be cash, assets, or a bond. The court sets the monetary value of the bail.
The bail agency is then responsible for ensuring that the individual arrives in court on the day of his or her trial. If the individual does not turn up in court, then the bail agency may hire a bounty hunter to track the individual down. It should be noted that the U.S. is one of the only countries in the world that still allows bounty hunting. A bond is a surety that the full bail amount will be paid, but some courts will accept either the full bond or a 10% cash down payment for the release of a suspect. Working with a reputable bail bondsman is another aspect of your case that an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you with.
Contact Our Erie PA Criminal Defense Lawyers
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Serving all of Northwestern Pennsylvania including Erie, Corry, Edinboro, North East, Wattsburg, Lawrence Park, Girard, Wesleyville, Elgin, Lake City, Union City, Northwest Harborcreek, Waterford, Platea, McKean, Mill Village, Cranesville, Albion, Meadville & Warren, Pennsylvania.