Philadelphia Criminal Defense Lawyer
A Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer at Shuttleworth Law has represented thousands of people wrongfully accused of committing a crime. Our legal team’s tenacity, thoroughness, and experience will help you seek the best possible outcome while putting up a fight that does not back down
I represent clients across a wide range of criminal cases. My firm also has a deep bench of legal resources to help challenge them. From high-profile matters to seemingly “solid” cases against you, call me; I’m prepared to help.
Work with a Philadelphia Legal Team that Fights Back
If you are facing criminal charges, a Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer will assist you in mounting your best possible legal defense. Prosecutors in Pennsylvania and New Jersey must establish your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and if they build their case on shaky evidence, that is your chance to clear your name.
Types of cases that a Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer at Shuttleworth Law represents include:
Assault & Domestic Violence Defense
Domestic violence is not okay, nor is it right to accuse someone of this behavior when it never happened. A Philadelphia assault & domestic violence defense lawyer will protect your rights and shield your case from prosecutors. Work with us to mount a legal defense from experience and creative solutions.
Drug Crimes Defense
Working with a Philadelphia drug crimes defense lawyer at Shuttleworth Law ensures that you give yourself every chance to retain your freedom. Our legal team will represent your case when facing simple possession, trafficking, and more, and we will help you clear your good name.
Drunk or drugged driving crimes, or DUIs, in Pennsylvania, are charged as misdemeanors and felonies. Even for a first high-tier DUI conviction, penalties include a mandatory fine of at least $1,000 but could be as high as $5,000, lost driving privileges for one year, and 72 hours in jail as a mandatory minimum sentence. The stakes are too high; work with a Philadelphia DUI defense lawyer to represent you in court.
Homicide, Manslaughter, & Murder Defense
Homicide, manslaughter, and murder crimes are among the most serious anyone can face in Pennsylvania. Shuttleworth Law will stand up to the prosecutor and fight your charges while building the best possible plan in your circumstances. We have years of experience routinely devising case strategies and defending those charged or questioned.
Sex Crimes Defense
Pennsylvania also punishes sex crimes severely, and a conviction can result in social and professional stigma. A Philadelphia sex crimes defense lawyer will examine the facts of your case to ensure that you are not accepting responsibility for a crime you did not commit.
Criminal investigations can lead to more severe charges in the future. You should invoke your right to remain silent and speak with a Philadelphia criminal investigations lawyer. We will talk with law enforcement on your behalf and attend interviews.
Criminal appeals are a necessary form of civil justice, just in case the lower courts got your matter wrong. A Philadelphia criminal appeals lawyer at Shuttleworth Law represents people with appeals in state and federal courts.
A Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer at Shuttleworth Law is ready to represent your criminal charges and help you move forward. Brad V. Shuttleworth will put his years of training and courtroom experience behind you. Our goal is to obtain the outcome you want and deserve and argue for your rights and freedom at every critical point
A Free Case Evaluation Will Get You Answers
Get a Free Claim Evaluation with Brad today by calling (215) 774-1371 or message him directly online. We’ll get you the legal help you want and deserve.
You Do Not Have to Face Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Alone
Pennsylvania misdemeanor and felony convictions can result in severe legal penalties. While felonies often carry the most impactful consequences, misdemeanors are also just as undesirable. A Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer has the characteristics the wrongly accused wants in private counsel.
You can count on Shuttleworth Law to represent you at the following hearings, as well:
- Initial appearances
- Judge or jury trials
- Preliminary hearings
- Pre-trial motion hearings
- Receipt of discovery
- Sentencing hearings
- Any other hearing
Even if the prosecutor feels confident they will get a conviction, you should never have to accept charges that they cannot prove. From our very first meeting, your Pennsylvania criminal lawyer at Shuttleworth Law is examining your case’s facts and looking for opportunities to shut the case against you down. Our loyalty and hard work will offer you the reassurance you need from legal counsel.
Our legal team will demonstrate how we can help and why you would want to hire us.
Get Legal Help from Philadelphia Criminal Defense Attorney
Hire a Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer to handle your case aggressively for the legal situation at hand while avoiding costly mistakes altogether. When you hire Shuttleworth Law, you or your loved ones will receive personalized, attentive service and experienced representation. We also commit to open and honest client communication to stay up to the minute on case developments.
Do not try to handle your case alone. Prosecutors have in-depth knowledge of the law, and they will not shy away from pushing for a conviction when they can. Get Brad V. Shuttleworth on your side to assert your rights and mount a legal defense against your charges.
Our Philadelphia Criminal Defense Attorney Represents Felony and Misdemeanor Crimes
It is critical for people charged with a state or federal felony in Pennsylvania to retain a Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer as quickly as possible! Felonies are serious and carry the harshest penalties. The law grades felonies according to the nature and severity of the offense.
This classification has several different grades, referred to as degrees, which indicate the crime’s seriousness. A first-degree felony, for example, is punished more harshly than a third-degree felony. As a result, the penalties for a third-degree felony are less so than those for a first-degree felony.
Types of federal and state felony cases Shuttleworth Law represents include:
1st-Degree Felonies (F1)
The most harshly punished type of crime is a 1st-degree felony. Conviction of a first-degree felony carries a maximum sentence of twenty (20) years in prison, and a maximum fine of $25,000 and charges may include:
- Aggravated assault
- Drug delivery resulting in death
- Firearm possession by a felon
- Voluntary Manslaughter
- Other 1st-degree felonies
2nd-Degree Felonies (F2)
2nd-degree felonies are more severe than 3rd-degree felonies but less severe than 1st-degree felonies. A conviction for a 2nd-degree felony carries a ten (10)-year prison sentence and a $25,000 fine for charges including:
- Aggravated assault
- Criminal trespass
- Firearm possession by a felon
- Sexual assault
- Other 2nd-degree felonies
3rd-Degree Felonies (F3)
3rd-degree felony offenses are the least serious felony offenses. However, you still face up to seven (7) years in prison and a $15,000 fine for a third-degree felony offense for charges including:
- Bad checks
- Credit card fraud
- Criminal trespass
- Criminal use of a communication facility
- Receiving stolen property
- Unlawful firearm possession
- VUFA offenses (carrying concealed firearm without a permit)
- Unlawful computer use
- Other 3rd-degree felonies
Although misdemeanors convictions are less serious than felony convictions, they can still result in mandatory minimum prison time and hefty fines. Misdemeanors, like felonies, are classified according to a degree, from first to third.
Types of federal and state misdemeanor cases Shuttleworth Law represents include:
1st-Degree Misdemeanors (M1)
A 1st-degree misdemeanor is the most severe of the misdemeanor classifications. A conviction for a first-degree misdemeanor carries a sentence of up to five (5) years imprisonment and fines of up to $10,000 for the following offenses:
- Computer crimes
- Involuntary Manslaughter
- Receiving Stolen Property
- Terrorist Threats
- Unlawful Restraint
- Other 1st-degree misdemeanors
2nd-Degree Misdemeanors (M2)
A conviction for a misdemeanor in the 2nd–degree carries up to two (2) years imprisonment and fines of up to $5,000 for:
- Criminal mischief
- Custody interference
- False imprisonment
- False police reports
- Obstructing justice
- Reckless endangerment
- Resisting Arrest
- Other 2nd-degree misdemeanors
3rd-Degree Misdemeanors (M3)
A conviction for a 3rd-degree misdemeanor in the third degree carries up to one (1) year imprisonment and fines of up to $2,500 for:
- Bad Checks
- Criminal mischief
- Disorderly Conduct
- Drug Paraphernalia
- Scalping Tickets
- Simple assault
- Other 3rd-degree misdemeanors
Warning: Pennsylvania Laws Allow For Misdemeanor to Felony Upgrades
In some cases, the law upgrades a misdemeanor to a felony. A typical example of this is assault, typically a comprehensive set of misdemeanor and felony charges. However, a simple misdemeanor assault case could be upgraded to aggravated assault, a felony in Pennsylvania.
Schedule a FREE CONSULTATION with a Philadelphia Criminal Defense Lawyer at Shuttleworth Law NOW
Hire a defense team with years of success in serving accused people throughout Pennsylvania and South Jersey if you want legal advice. We are conveniently located in Philadelphia but we offer convenient modes of communication and can also travel to you. Call us now for your Free Consultation at 215-774-1371 or message us through the contact form below.