West Chester, PA 19380
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Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.
Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.
Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.
Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.
David Strenfel is a highly experienced attorney who focuses on trial advocacy, constitutional law, and criminal defense.
Jonathon Luff has successfully represented countless clients and gain freedom for many wrongfully accused individuals.
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Our firm provides excellent services at reasonable fees and accepts a variety of payment methods, including most major credit card providers.
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A person who was at the scene of a crime or is suspected of committing a crime may be the subject of a pre-file investigation. These investigations can involve basic conversations with police or more thorough aspects depending on the nature of the case, but many pre-file investigations center on suspected white collar crime, sex crimes, violent crimes, or drug offenses.
If you believe that you are the target of any investigation, it is in your best interest to hire a criminal defense lawyer before being charged. Doing so may help you not only avoid the anguish and humiliation of being arrested, but can also help you avoid court hearings, penalties, fines and thousands of dollars in legal fees.
If you think you are the target of a pre-file investigation, you can hire Ciccarelli Law Offices on a reasonable hourly retainer that could help you avoid ever being charged. Our criminal defense attorneys represent clients throughout Chester County as well as surrounding areas including the greater Philadelphia area.
Our firm may be able to settle your case with the alleged victim, convince police not to refer your case to prosecutors, or negotiate with the prosecutor before charges are filed. It is important for you take action as soon as possible, and we can review your case when you call (610) 719-3200 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
During a pre-file investigation, detectives may do any of the following activities, depending on the nature of the alleged crime:
Failure to consult a West Chester criminal defense lawyer can make a profound difference on the nature of the charges you ultimately face or whether you are even charged in the first place. Without any legal help, people who are under pre-file investigation may make any one of a number of mistakes that result in charges being filed when authorities might not have otherwise had sufficient evidence.
Some errors that suspects make during pre-file investigations include, but are not limited to:
By hiring legal representation as soon you as you learn you are under investigation, you can give yourself a greatly increased likelihood of a favorable outcome. A West Chester pre-investigation lawyer may be able to:
The Pennsylvania Attorney General or any one of the 67 district attorneys have the ability to convene a grand jury to investigate a criminal case. Unlike the “petit jury” of 12 citizens who sit at a trial and decide a defendant’s guilt or innocence, a grand jury brings together 23 citizens to investigate suspected criminal activity.
Grand juries have the authority to investigate any additional criminal wrongdoing that they learn about during their original investigation. For this reason, it is especially important to have legal representation if you are subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury. Refusing to appear or testify after being served a grand jury subpoena can result in being held in contempt and sentenced to jail time.
In a Pennsylvania grand jury investigation, witnesses are allowed to bring a lawyer into the grand jury room. However, the lawyers are not allowed to address the grand jury or object to any of the questions asked. Instead, they can only consult with witnesses and offer advice.
If you are subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury, you do not have the right to have a lawyer present with you when you testify. In these cases, you will want to consult a criminal defense attorney before your appearance so you can avoid incriminating yourself.
Ciccarelli Law Offices provides through and aggressive pre-file investigation representation for clients all over Chester County. Our firm also serves residents in nearby areas such as Lancaster County, Montgomery County, and Delaware County.
Do not wait for charges to be filed before you reach out for legal assistance. Investing a little bit now may save you a lot more money later. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case when you call (610) 719-3200 today.