Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense

Anytime you are facing a criminal charge you must consider both immediate issues and long-term consequences of a guilty finding. Because there are issues including a permanent criminal record, lack of access to student loans, and other consequences of a conviction, it is imperative to work with a Pittsburgh Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney immediately.

Violent Crimes – Pennsylvania Assault, Gun Charges & Homicide Defense

Violent crime charges in Pennsylvania carry harsh sentences. There are possible legal defenses which may be mounted which require the assistance of an experienced attorney. A conviction for a violent offense may result in long jail sentences, loss of your rights to vote, and other rights being lost including your right to carry a firearm.

Whether you are facing a gun charge without an underlying crime, or you are being accused of assault, the right attorney is imperative. Homicide charges are far more serious and require someone who will investigate the entire matter, understand the totality of the circumstances, and help determine how to best defend against the charges.

It is important to keep in mind charges are not convictions. The prosecutor has a responsibility to show beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of the charges you are facing. The burden of proof is high and the sooner you have an attorney working on your defense, the more likely you are to have a positive outcome.

Facing Drug Offenses in Pittsburgh

There is a high probability if you are facing a charge of sale, cultivation, possession, or distribution of drugs the first step which will occur is you will lose your right to operate a motor vehicle. This means you need an attorney who will fight back aggressively since this will likely impact your ability to travel to and from work, address transportation needs for your family, or get back and forth to school.

While medical marijuana is legal in Pennsylvania, there are still serious consequences for those who are found guilty of drug crimes in Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania. Because the long-term penalties are so serious, the sooner you work with an attorney, the easier it will be to mount a successful defense.

I understand drug charges can be lodged against someone who does not have possession of any controlled substance. For example, you may be a passenger in a vehicle where drugs were found, or a visitor in a home where one person was arrested for possession. The last thing you want to do is believe since you did nothing wrong you can defend yourself. Prosecutors aggressively pursue drug charges and a guilty finding could impact your future including having an impact on professional licenses.

The Long-Term Consequences of Sex Crime Charges

If you are facing a sex crime charge in Pennsylvania there is a high risk of long-term damage to your reputation, even if the charges against you are eventually dropped or you are found not guilty. Should you be found guilty, you will be facing numerous long-term repercussions including the requirement of registering as a sex offender. This will impact where you can live, who you can be around, and if you have children, could impact your ability to see them unsupervised.

Never take a Pennsylvania sex crime charge lightly. These crimes are very serious and even in cases of mistaken identity, the stigma can destroy your reputation. I have experience handling sex crime charges and my goal will be two-fold, protecting your reputation and mounting the most aggressive defense possible.

Being Indicted or Charged with White Collar Crimes

Generally speaking, white collar crimes are investigated for long periods of time before an arrest is made. Frequently, you will find out you are being investigated long before an indictment or charge is handed down.

Immediately upon learning you are being investigated, you should involve an attorney. A white collar crime conviction can result in jail time, significant fines, and loss of professional credibility. Just because you are being investigated does not mean you will face indictment or an actual charge, and if I can get involved early on with the prosecutors, it may be possible to work out an agreement before you face indictment or charges.

Because of the complexity of a Pennsylvania white collar crime charge, you want to work with an attorney who has experience handling complicated cases. Contact me immediately when you find out you are being investigated, if you have been informed of an indictment, or if you have been told you are facing a specific charge and I will take the role of serving as your advocate and defender.

Pennsylvania Search & Arrest Warrants

When Pennsylvania police are seeking evidence of a crime, if they have been able to swear out an affidavit claiming they have probable cause, they will obtain a search warrant for you home, car, or other property. In many cases, you will be served an arrest warrant at the same time, though this is not always the case.

When serving a search warrant, police are limited to searching for items specifically listed in the warrant. However, this does not mean they are limited to seizing property spelled out in the warrant. For example, if the police are searching for drugs, and locate an illegal weapon, they can legally remove the weapon even though it was not part of the warrant.

Police must present a copy of a search warrant to you before they begin searching your property unless you have given them permission. Once you are presented with the warrant, you must allow the search to occur. You may contact a criminal defense attorney while the search is occurring, but you cannot stop it from happening.

I can help make sure your rights are not violated during the service of a search or arrest warrant. In some cases, it may also be able to have certain evidence suppressed because of a violation of the warrant’s limitations. Contact me immediately if your home has been searched by police and let me help you determine what steps you should take next.

Being Charged with Probation Violations

A probation violation can be something as minor as failing to show up for an appointment with your probation officer, or as serious as being arrested for another crime. Regardless, the challenges you’ll face will be difficult to overcome. A probation violation could result in your spending time in prison equal to the time you would have spent for the underlying crime, even if you have not knowingly violated your probation.

Because the terms of probation vary from individual to individual, if you are facing a probation violation charge, call my office immediately. You do not want to risk a guilty finding which could mean loss of your freedom. I will take the time to review the violation and help you determine the best way forward.

When you are facing any type of criminal charge in Pennsylvania, you can count on me to help you mount an aggressive defense. A criminal defendant needs an attorney, but they also need an advocate who can ensure their rights are defended during the process. Contact the Law Offices of Kelvin L. Morris if you are in the Pittsburgh, or western Pennsylvania area and need someone to defend you against any criminal charges, probation violations, or if you were recently the subject of a search or arrest warrant.