Our Philadelphia criminal lawyers have over 25 years
of combined legal practice – handling some of the
toughest cases in the country.
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.
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.
Our firm has over 25 years of combined legal practice. Our Philadelphia criminal attorneys have been recognized by the top lawyer ranking services.
Our Philadelphia criminal attorneys are available 24/7- regardless of the holiday, or time of week. We are always available to help you.
We take on fewer clients than other firms. Each client works 1:1 on with one of our senior attorneys.
If you have been charged with a crime, you have the right to be represented by legal counsel. An attorney may be able to help get a case dismissed before it goes to trial or obtain an acquittal. Let’s take a closer look at how an attorney could help you obtain a favorable outcome in your case.
Were You Made Aware of Your Rights?
After being taken into custody, you have the right to remain silent. If you are questioned without being made aware of this right, it may be possible for anything that you say to be suppressed. Anything that you say to the police or to anyone else without your lawyer present could also be suppressed in certain scenarios. Depending on how important your statements were to the prosecution’s case, having them thrown out could result in a case being dismissed. It may also increase the odds that the prosecutor offers a plea bargain.
Were You Acting in Self-Defense?
Your attorney may be able to point out that you were acting in self-defense when you committed a potentially illegal act. Generally speaking, it is not illegal to take reasonable steps to defend yourself, your family or your property. For example, you are allowed to shoot someone who tries to enter your home or who tries to attack your child. If a jury finds that you were simply trying to protect yourself and your family from harm, there is a good chance that you will be acquitted.
Can Anyone Corroborate Your Story?
An attorney may be able to find witnesses who are able to verify your alibi or otherwise provide evidence of your innocence. For instance, your legal counsel may get in touch with someone who says that another individual committed the crime that you’re accused of. Your lawyer could also hire expert witnesses who may testify that the evidence in the case strongly suggests that you are innocent.
Is a Plea Deal Possible?
In many criminal cases, the prosecutor will offer a plea deal before going to trial. This is typically done in an effort to avoid the time and expense of trying a case in court. If you are charged with a minor offense, resolving a case quickly allows the state to spend its resources on more serious crimes.
Knowing this, your attorney will likely press for a deal that could include little or no jail time. Of course, you are the only one who gets to decide if you want to plea your case or not. It is important to note that a plea deal does count as a conviction, and a criminal record could make it harder to find work, employment or housing in the future.
Get Help Preparing to Testify
You have the right to take the witness stand during your trial. The goal of testifying is to show the jury that you are an honorable person who should be allowed to walk free after the case is over. Your attorney will likely spend time preparing your testimony so that it sounds as natural as possible. He or she will also help you get ready to be cross-examined by the prosecutor who will try to poke holes in any statements made on the stand.
If you have been charged with a crime, you could face a variety of negative consequences. Those consequences could include strained relationships with friends, family members or colleagues. Other consequences could also include spending many years in jail or paying a large fine if convicted of one or more charges. Therefore, it is important that you have someone who is able to protect your rights and hopefully clear your name.