Philadelphia Criminal Attorneys - 25 years of combined experience

We Protect Your
Freedom And Your Future

Our Pennsylvania criminal lawyers have over 25 years
of combined legal practice – handling some of the
toughest cases in the country.

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Philadelphia Criminal Lawyers

SKA Law is a premier, Philadelphia criminal defense law firm, founded by professional criminal attorneys. We take on cases other law firms turn down, because we know how to fight – and when to negotiate. Our goal is to get you the best outcome possible. No fluff. No nonsense. Our focus is results.

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Fewer Clients. Better Service And Results

SKA Law takes on fewer clients than other firms – it’s because we believe that taking on fewer clients means we can provide more service, and better results.

25 Years Of Legal Practice

Our firm has over 25 years of combined legal practice. Our Pennsylvania criminal attorneys have been recognized by the top lawyer ranking services.

24/7 Customer Service

Our Pennsylvania criminal attorneys are available 24/7- regardless of the holiday, or time of week. We are always available to help you.

Concierge Service

We take on fewer clients than other firms. Each client works 1:1 on with one of our senior attorneys.

Criminal Attorneys Pennsylvania

We Protect Your Freedom And Your Future.

At the law offices of Amato T Sanita, Esq, this is more than just a slogan – it’s our philosophy, and belief. Our goal is to protect your freedom, and to ensure your future is protected. By working with our firm, you get legal representation when you need it the most for your criminal case in Pennsylvania. We understand that dealing with the criminal system is overwhelming – the consequences cannot be underestimated. Regardless of whether it’s a small misdemeanor, or a severe federal crime, you need to understand the legal process – how it impacts you – and a Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney, who will work for you. Our Pennsylvania criminal lawyers treat each case as it’s own unique situation, and work hard to uncover evidence that will get you the best possible outcome. Founding partner Amato Sanita, understands that you’re very concerned about possible sentences, and issues in the future you might face. There are many aspects to a criminal defense case. Our goal is to show the court you didn’t commit the crime and/or don’t deserve the maximum sentence for the crime you’re accused of committing. Regardless of whether it’s a drug offense, assault charge, or bank fraud, our Pennsylvania criminal lawyers work tirelessly to represent your interests in court.

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Our firm has over 25 years of combined legal practice – handling some of the toughest cases in the country.

25 YEARS

CASE DISMISSED

Statutory Sexual Assault

Aggravated Assault can be charged against someone if they cause or attempt to cause “serious bodily injury” to another person. Serious bodily injury within Pennsylvania is defined as injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ (18 Pa.C.S. Sec. 2301). If convicted of Aggravated Assault, the crime is graded as a felony in the first degree.

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Aggravated Indecent Assault

Serious Bodily Injured

Aggravated Assault can be charged against someone if they cause or attempt to cause “serious bodily injury” to another person. Serious bodily injury within Pennsylvania is defined as injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ (18 Pa.C.S. Sec. 2301). If convicted of Aggravated Assault, the crime is graded as a felony in the first degree.

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CASE DISMISSED

Harassment

FACED 3 YEARS IN PRISON

Aggravated Assault can be charged against someone if they cause or attempt to cause “serious bodily injury” to another person. Serious bodily injury within Pennsylvania is defined as injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ (18 Pa.C.S. Sec. 2301). If convicted of Aggravated Assault, the crime is graded as a felony in the first degree.

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CASE DISMISSED

False Imprisonment

15 YEARS IN PRISON

Aggravated Assault can be charged against someone if they cause or attempt to cause “serious bodily injury” to another person. Serious bodily injury within Pennsylvania is defined as injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ (18 Pa.C.S. Sec. 2301). If convicted of Aggravated Assault, the crime is graded as a felony in the first degree.

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Pennsylvania Criminal Lawyers.
We Protect Your Future.

Amato Sanita, is one of Pennsylvania most aggressive criminal defense lawyers. We believe that every single client deserves the highest quality of customer service and legal representation. We believe that when you’re a client – you’re a member of our family. Our goal is to provide every single client the legal help they deserve and need. We listen to our clients, and their family members, in order to help them understand the effect the of their legal situation. With over 25 years of combined practice, we realize that the District Attorney will do his/her best to build a case against you. It means when you’re accused of a crime, you need a Pennsylvania criminal attorney who understands how to build a defense. By working with the law offices of Amato Sanita, you have Pennsylvania criminal attorneys on your team, who are dedicated to fighting charges, and helping you take control of your immediate future. More importantly, you have Philadelphia criminal attorneys on your side who care only about your future. We are available 24/7 and can come to the jailhouse, or police station, to help you and your family members.

We have a reputation for being one of the strongest law firms in Pennsylvania, and are focused on providing the best possible outcome for our clients. We are constantly attending seminars, and finding new ways to deliver amazing case results on behalf of our clients. Every single client speaks to one of our founding partners, and we offer a risk free consultation so you know exactly what to expect. In addition, we offer a flexible payment program so you can get the legal help you need – without having to worry about finances. We can help with virtually any type of crime, such as stealing goods, bank fraud, murder, and virtually any type of felony or misdemeanor.

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WE WIN
DIFFICULT CASES.

SKA Law is a premier, Pennsylvania criminal defense law firm, founded by professional criminal attorneys. We take on cases other law firms turn down, because we know how to fight – and when to negotiate. Our goal is to get you the best outcome possible. No fluff. No nonsense. Our focus is results. We help you and your family members understand your options, and come up with a legal solution that resolves your concerns.

Pennsylvania
Criminal Attorneys

We handle all misdemeanors and felonies

Regardless of whether it’s a simple misdemeanor, or a complex federal case, we can help. We understand that irrespective of the severity of the crime you’re accused of committing – a conviction can permanently harm your future. Our Pennsylvania criminal lawyers can help protect your rights, and ensure you are never going to be unfairly prosecuted, or over-penalized for something you didn’t actually do. For example, if you’re accused of a DUI due to excess 1942 don julio–from a liquor store, then we can help investigate whether the field sobriety test was correctly done, or whether a blood/breath test was done properly.

Criminal defense cases can have immense consequences if you’re convicted. The conviction goes on your permanent record, and depending on the circumstances – you can face fines, jail time, and face issues getting employment in the future. Hiring our law firm can help mitigate the penalties, reduce capital paid out, and if possible, get the case dismissed.

If you have been charged with a crime, then your future is hanging in the balance. You may be scared, confused and traumatized. You may also be thinking about how you can potentially lose your job and your family. Fortunately, you can call our law offices if you need legal representation.

Our firm is solely focused on defending people against criminal charges. We have the experience and skills necessary to represent you. Our goal is to make sure that the negative effects of a criminal charge are lessened.

You may be feeling a variety of emotions right now. You may be frustrated. You may also be angry. Fear is another emotion that you may feel. Additionally, you may be thinking about you will need to do next. We will give you guidance and tell you what you will need to do next.

Avoid Harsh Penalties
Our firm has had experience in dealing with several types of criminal cases. One of the best things that you can do if you have been charged with any crime is to hire the right Pennsylvania criminal attorney for your case. Drug possession or a DUI charge does not have to ruin your future.

Our firm knows that being arrested can be a scary thing. That is why you will need to contact a Pennsylvania criminal attorney after you have been arrested. You will be able to get a free case consultation. We will be able to help you with the following crimes.

  • Property Crimes and Arson
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault
  • Federal Crimes
  • Drug Crimes
  • Marijuana Crimes
  • Sex Crimes
  • Theft
  • Involuntary Manslaughter
  • Conspiracy to Commit Murder
  • Professional License Defense

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Do the police need to read the Miranda warnings before talking to a suspect?

The police has to read the Miranda warnings before they interrogate someone whose in their custody. Being in custody means that you aren’t free to leave. Statements that are volunteered while in custody, without an interrogation, can be used against you by the police. If the Miranda warning isn’t provided, then that information can be discredited. The police don’t need to use certain words when reading the Miranda warning. They simply have to convey the true essence of the Miranda rights. You might be under arrest, even if they police didn’t read your rights. They only need to read the rights to a suspect who they intend on interrogating while they are in custody. In other words, they can handcuff a suspect and then book them at the police station without reading the warnings. The police can give Miranda warnings halfway through an interrogation, but statements given before the warning will likely not be admissible against the defendant.  Sometimes a defendant will confess before they get the warning, and then confess after they’ve received the warning, feeling it would be pointless to take back the confession. The second confession might also be inadmissible in some cases if the police benefited from the suspect being confused to get the second confession. Hiring a Pennsylvania criminal attorney can help you understand all of this. Sometimes a statement which was obtained, in violation of the Miranda rights, can lead law enforcement to discover evidence against the evidence. The general rule is that the evidence can be admitted in most cases, even though there is a Miranda violation. If the police went beyond violating the rules and coerced the suspect into the confession, then the evidence will likely not be admitted.

When are search and seizure rules triggered?

Search and seizure rules apply whenever law enforcement conducts a search which invades a citizen’s legitimate concerns of privacy. The expectation of privacy has to be objectively reasonable.

Do the police always need a warrant to conduct a search?

No, there are several exceptions where the police can conduct a search without a warrant.

Who can give consent to a search of an apartment?

The occupant of the apartment can give consent to a search of any area which they control. If room mates are living together, then either roommate can give consent to a search of their own area. They cannot give consent to a search of area that is controlled ONLY by another roommate. If multiple room mates are present when the police ask for consent, a refusal by any roommate can prevent the search entirely. A landlord cannot give consent to a search of a leased apartment, which is VALIDLY occupied by a tenant.

Can the police search a car that has been towed?

The police can search a car which was towed, and impounded, regardless of whether it was illegally parked or stolen. They may be able to search any closed containers in the car also. The police don’t have the right to impound a car for the purpose of conducting a search.

What is the exclusionary rule?

This is a rule that says the evidence obtained through a constitutional violation cannot be used against the defendant. It’s related to the fruit of the poisonous tree, which requires that evidence obtained unconstitutionally obtained can be excluded in many cases. Judges will not exclude the evidence on their own. Defendants must bring a motion to suppress.

What is a motion to suppress?

This involves the defendant asking the judge to exclude certain evidence from being considered at trial. It’s a pre-trial motion, and sometimes, successful, in suppressing evidence – and helping you avoid a trial altogether because a prosecution might not be able to prove his, or her case, without the evidence.

Our firm has over 25 years of combined legal practice – handling some of the toughest cases in the country.
25 YEARS

Our main and only goal is to help the charges get dismissed. It’s that simple. We look at the strength of the case against you, and will do everything possible to weaken it. We’ll move to suppress evidence, and use court procedures to hinder the prosecutors case – and improve our chances of winning the case. In the event we don’t think winning the case is possible, we’ll look into plea bargains that are beneficial to you. If there are weaknesses in the prosecutors case, we’ll use that as leverage to get what we want on behalf of our clients. The first step in winning your case is hiring a respectable Philadelphia criminal defense law firm who cares about you, and is looking to help you win your case. Our Philadelphia criminal attorneys understand how prosecutors and judges will act. When you hire a private criminal defense attorney in Philadelphia like ourselves, it’s harder for a prosecutor to go to trial. Often, public defenders have a lot of cases – and can’t dedicate enough time to yours. But, by working with us, you’ll have an attorney whose focused on your case.

Our firm has represented several clients who could have had their lives ruined. Our firm has helped people avoid jail time, fines and other life-changing consequences. If you have already been questioned by the police officers, then it is important for you to act quickly.

You will need to contact our firm today.

We Are Here for You

We know that it is important for you to have an Philadelphia criminal attorney that you can trust. We will keep the lines of communication open. We will provide you with the information that you need to know throughout the entire case. We know that you are going through an incredibly stressful time. We strive to help ease the stress of this case.

We not only want to make life less stressful for you, but we also want to take the stress off of your loved ones. They are probably just as worried about your case as you are.

We Believe in Second Chances

Our firm believes that everyone makes mistakes. One mistake that you make does not have to ruin the rest of your life. We want to help people resolve their case as quickly as possible so that they will be able to return to their normal lives. You should not have to pay for one mistake for the rest of your life.

However, it is important to remember that time is of the essence. You will need to act quickly if you want your case to have the best outcome. You will need to get in touch with us today so that we can discuss your case. After we know all of the important details of your case, we will prepare your defense.

There are several criminal defenses that can be used. The best defense will depend on your case.

How many criminal cases go to trial?

Very few cases go to trial. Charges are usually dismissed, or dropped, because the defense can succeed in pre-trial motions, which destroys the prosecutors case. Most often, the two sides will reach a plea bargain in which the defendant pleads guilty, or no contest, in exchange for a lesser charge or lighter sentence.

Should I waive time?

Sometimes the prosecution will ask the defendant to waive time, which means waiving their right to go to a trial within the time required by law. Defendants are often reluctant, because it means you are waiving your right to a speed trial. Having said that, rushing to trial can be problematic for the defense. You should listen to Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer before deciding what to do.

I had a pleasure of dealing with Mike on couple of occasions. He is an amazing attorney. He always came through and did what was promised. Also he went above and beyond to assist with any request. He is definitely a fighter and will do what is needed to come out with the best outcome

Ella Shapiro

I found Michael Kotik via the internet with the hope by someone to help my son in what we thought was something routine. Long story short after being mislead by the prior firm and received no results and my son sat for 18 months in prison because "no one knew what was going on" Michael was able to not only able to get all time served against his sentencing, he was able to move things along quickly in New Jersey. I highly recommend Michael. He is always there always answers your calls/texts even late on Sunday evenings. When he tells…

Michelle Doria

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800-646-6048

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