Criminal Law

Strong in our knowledge of criminal law, strong in our experience in the courtroom, and strong at negotiation. We'll use this background to protect you, our client.

90% of criminal cases are resolved by negotiation. Look out for your rights, criminal charges are serious.

Being convicted of or pleading guilty to committing a crime, even a minor crime, can put you in jail and brand you with a criminal record. No matter how severe or seemingly minor, a criminal charge will affect your life. If you want to get hired for a job, get housing, get into school, become a lawyer or doctor, or sell insurance or investments, a criminal record, even if it’s only a misdemeanor, possession or DUI, can hurt your chances. If you are charged with a crime, contact Berman & Asbel, LLP, we have experience it these areas and more:

DUI & Underage Drinking

Law enforcement is strict against those receiving a DUI citation in Pennsylvania by the police and prosecutors.

Our success in handling DUI and underage drinking matters is the result of our many years of expert negotiation in defense of our clients to get their fines reduced and penalties minimized or eliminated.

Fraternity & Juvenile Law

If your child is facing criminal charges, immediately get help from an attorney who knows and has experience with juvenile law.

We also have represented and continue to represent a National Fraternity with over 80 undergraduate chapters around the United States.

Traffic Offenses

Serious traffic offenses can result in the loss or suspension of your driver’s license, having a large fine imposed on you and having points and penalties assessed that can add up quickly.

We can help. We are experienced and can come to your defense and possibly get your number of points reduced.

Contact us at Berman & Asbel, LLP to handle your defense.

Alcohol Related Crimes

If you have been charged with DUI for the first time, our legal team will work hard to get you into Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, a pretrial intervention program. First-time offenders may qualify to participate in the ARD Program (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition). This program permits the qualifying participant to receive fewer penalties, a shorter license suspension and the opportunity to have a clean record showing no DUI conviction. In developing your DUI case, we investigate for defects in Breathalyzer calibration, technical deficiencies in the field sobriety tests and lack of cause for the traffic stop.
DUI

We carefully review every aspect of our client’s case to determine whether he or she should have been stopped, and whether sobriety tests/blood alcohol tests were administered properly. We are often able to resolve DUI cases outside of court, yet we are always prepared to protect our client’s rights in the courtroom should that become necessary.

Other alcohol-related offenses we have handled include:

  • Biking while intoxicated
  • Boating while intoxicated
  • Underage DUI
  • Child Endangerment
  • Open Container/Open Bottle
  • Criminal Vehicular Manslaughter and other criminal charges
  • Multiple DUI Offenses

Underage Drinking

Underage drinking is a big deal! It is a criminal offense and a conviction can prevent your child from being admitted to a college or university, acquiring a professional license or gaining employment. It can also result in automatic license suspension, excessive fines, and increased insurance premiums. 

Contact us if your son or daughter needs representation for any of the following reasons:

  • Underage DUI arrest
  • Possession of alcohol
  • Consumption of alcohol

Representing Fraternities, Sororities and Their Members

The founding partner at Berman & Asbel, LLP has, for over 40 years, been general counsel to a national fraternity with over 80 undergraduate chapters in the United States. As general counsel he provides the fraternity with representation and guidance for all their legal needs in such areas as: real estate, insurance, by-laws and policies, liability, employment, trademark, corporate structure, vendor contracts and expulsion
of members.

 

Greek Organization Issues

Fraternity and Sorority members need to have a skilled, experienced lawyer on their side if they get into trouble. Party-goers are often arrested en-masse when security or police are called because of boisterous behavior. Arrests and prosecutions for underage drinking, disorderly conduct, DUI, and noise restrictions need to be met with a lawyer who can negotiate and defend. 

Protecting the Rights of Juveniles

The juvenile system is different from the adult criminal justice system because it is set up to rehabilitate, to give another chance.

If your child is facing criminal charges, immediately get help from an attorney who knows and has experience with juvenile law. We have successfully represented children charged with the following crimes:

  • Assault
  • Drug Charges
  • Underage Drinking, and
  • Theft

We dedicate ourselves, through our knowledge, experience, courtroom skills, and negotiation skills, to representing juveniles in tough situations. Our goal is to bring about the best possible outcome for your child so the opportunity for a happy and successful future is within reach.

Traffic Offenses

Pleading guilty to a minor traffic infraction (such as a speeding ticket) can have long-term license and insurance consequences. Do not risk losing your driving privileges or your financial stability.

Our defense attorneys can help fight all moving violations and other traffic offenses including:

  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Texting while driving
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Driving with a suspended license (including CDL revocation)
  • Gross negligent operation of a motor vehicle
  • Refusing chemical testing
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

If the allegations against you are serious enough, you may face criminal charges. We are prepared to defend you whatever challenges you face.

Berman & Asbel, Traffic Offenses

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