Criminal Defense is a specialiazed area of the law and being confronted with a crime can be a scary event. Here at the Law Offices of Kelly & Conte we specialize on Criminal Defense in Lancaster County and other surrounding County’s. As former county prosecutors, Assistant District and Deputy District Attorneys, we have both prosecuted thousands of criminal cases ranging from First Degree Murder cases to Driving Under the Influence. Sex Crimes Lawyers We know what the government has to prove in order to gain a conviction. And we know that the techniques that the police and detectives use in order to gain convictions. Contact us today for a free consultation on your Lancaster County case.

There is a large range of different criminal charges that an accused can face in the Lancaster County criminal system and the realm of Criminal Defense. Make sure that you hire a defense attorney who understands this. Criminal charges can be graded as either felonies or misdemeanors. Criminal Defense Castle Doctrine In the Pennsylvania criminal system, felonies are much more serious than misdemeanors. The reason for that is the amount of prison time that an accused faces as a result of a felony charge as opposed to a misdemeanor charge. For example, a felony of the first degree is punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison whereas a misdemeanor of the first degree is punishable by a maximum of 5 years in state prison. The amount of prison a criminal defendant will face depends on several different factors. These factors are a criminal defendant’s prior record score (how many crimes he has been convicted of in the past and how serious the criminal offenses were), how serious the current crime that he is charged with is and what if any mitigation the criminal defendant has participated in. Mitigation can be counseling, whether or not the accused has employment and whether or not he was suffering from any mental or emotional or substance abuse issues.