Criminal Lawyer in Philadelphia

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Criminal Defendants have a right to a trial. At trial, the burden is on the prosecution to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendant committed the crimes charged.

The defendant doesn't have to do anything. There is no burden placed on the defendant to prove anything, because all defe...

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Search v. Investigate

Aug 27, 2019 – Oct 31, 2019

If you are pulled over for a lawful reason and the police reasonably suspect that you might be armed and dangerous, they can do a pat down search on you and they can search the interior of the car.

The courts call this an investigatory search. It seems to clash with the law on warrantless searc...

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Smart Room: The Plea Deal Negotiation Process

Aug 7, 2019 – Sep 14, 2019

In most Philadelphia felony cases, after arraignment the case will get sent to a smart room. The smart rooms in the Criminal Justice Center end in 05, so for example, room 705 is a smart room.

At this hearing your attorney will be presented with a Smart Room Offer. Your attorney will then tell y...

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If you are being convicted of criminal charges, you deserve an aggressive attorney who will fight for your rights. Attorney Derek Steenson, a Criminal Lawyer in Philadelphia, offers high-quality defense and legal representation to people facing a variety of charges.

Whether you are being charge...

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If the police pull you over and say, "please step out of the car so we can search it", "I'm going to need to search your vehicle," or something similar, do you have to let them search your car?

Absolutely not!
The first thing you do is politely, but firmly, request that the officer get his or h...

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When you work with us, you receive trial lawyers who care about clients. We have worked numerous cases, so we know how to gain successful outcomes. Our practice focuses on the avoidance of criminal convictions. When you face criminal charges, you may be scared and do not know where to turn. Start...

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Fighting Confessions

Jun 3, 2019 – Jun 1, 2020

If you are arrested and you confess, can you still beat the case?
It is very difficult to beat criminal charges when you've already confessed to committing the crimes charged. It can be done though. A motion to suppress the confession must be filed. One of the ways a defendant can get a confessio...

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Every day we face a problem that does not seem to be going away. If the police come across you legally carrying a firearm they will stop you. They will probably harass you. They might misstate the law on firearms, and they might even take your gun and your carry permit away from you. Depending on...

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3 months ago
Derek went above and beyond dealing with his client that had 5 different cases out of Stroudsburg. This went on for a year... he drove from Philadelphia to Stroudsburg several times. He is always on time, answers his phone, and responds right away. He is hands down the best lawyer in PA!! Thank you Derek!!!
- Ray H
5 months ago
There is not enough space on this review page to say all the good that I would like to say about this Attorney. He is absolutely outstanding. I contacted him through a referral from another attorney for what I believed to be a VOP for my son. I called him on a Saturday morning & received a return call by 2:00 that afternoon. After speaking with him on his free time, I hired him. As it turned out, my son needed representation for more than a VOP, he needed to have his probation term in Phila. modified due to outstanding charges that he will be sentenced for in New Jersey. After hearing this attorney's price to represent my son, I will admit I was somewhat skeptical. The reason for that was because the fee he quoted was so fair, it was unbelievable. I am a legal secretary in NJ & if I presented my son's case to an attorney in my area, I would have been charged at least 5 times more than what this attorney charged. Nonetheless, I moved forward with him representing my son & believe me ...
- Dorothy S
10 months ago
Amazing lawyer to work with. Explained everything step by step. I would highly recommend him.
- Yashira D

Criminal Defense Lawyer Philadelphia

As one of Philadelphia's top criminal defense lawyers, Criminal Lawyer in Philadelphia – Derek Steenson can assist you to protect your rights and fight your criminal charges. He has fought and won a broad range of cases concerning legal issues such as criminal DUI, armed robbery, domestic violence, police brutality, aggravated and simple assault, intent to deliver drugs, money laundering, marijuana charges, gun possession and drug possession. In addition, Attorney Steenson has also represented clients accused or charged with sex crimes, including sexual assault and child pornography. 

Once you are arrested for a crime, you are only given a certain amount of time to prepare a strategy for your defense. Criminal Lawyer in Philadelphia – Derek Steenson will utilize his skills and experience as a Philadelphia criminal defense attorney to offer you the best possible outcome for your situation. His legal firm can provide you with appropriate legal advice if you are faced with any of the criminal charges outlined above. Additionally, he will help you file an appeal if deemed necessary.      

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Philadelphia, PA 19102
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