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Criminal Lawyer Media, PA

Choosing the right law office when facing criminal charges is one of the most important steps you will take in the legal process of clearing your name. When your future is on the line, you need a legal advocate with an extensive knowledge of criminal law representing you and getting the verdict you deserve.

The criminal defense attorneys at Giribaldi & Manaras, P.C. have been providing legal services in Media, PA for two decades, and we are ready to defend you. It is no understatement that the outcome of your case could change the course of your life. Call us today to speak to a lawyer from our office about your case and to set up a free consultation.

Sometimes when you are charged with a crime, having an experienced attorney who will fight for your freedom may make all the difference. At Giribaldi & Manaras, P.C., located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, our attorneys have been defending individuals accused of various crimes for a combined 30 years. Not only do we offer individual attention, but we achieve the results our clients need.

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Choosing The Right Attorney

You have the right to due process under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. According to the U.S. justice system, any person accused of a crime is considered to be innocent until proven guilty, and their guilt must be proven “beyond a reasonable doubt.” This is to protect the rights of Americans accused of committing crimes. Therefore, you need a lawyer on your side who understands criminal law in Media, PA.

You could be facing hefty penalties and fines that can affect you for the rest of your life. A criminal conviction can impact your education, employment, and even your immigration status. You may find that it’s very hard to find a job when your criminal conviction comes up in a background check, especially if you work with children, vulnerable populations, or with confidential information. If you have applied for a green card, your application could be denied.

If you have been convicted of a sexual offense, you will be restricted from living in certain areas. You may also lose your right to own a firearm or to have a driver's license. Also, if you are divorced and have children with your former spouse, then a criminal conviction could lead to having your custody privileges limited or revoked. If you decide to better yourself in the future, then a prior criminal record may disqualify you from receiving financial aid, grants, or scholarships. A criminal conviction may also hinder you from being able to take out a private student loan. Truly, everything is at stake

So if you have been charged with a drug crime, a DUI, a theft, an assault, or any other criminal offense, you need an attorney that is ready to protect you against the Commonwealth. Our office has represented individuals throughout Delaware County and in towns like Havertown, Drexel Hill, Aston, Springfield, Newtown Square, Collingdale, Broomall. If you’ve been charged with a crime, contact us to schedule a free initial consultation.

Giribaldi & Manaras, P.C. can defend you if you have been charged with:
  • DUI/Drunk Driving
  • Habitual Drunk Driving Defense
  • Drug Offenses

When you are facing harsh penalties due to a criminal conviction, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney fighting for you. Criminal defense attorneys are trained to spot arguments and elements in unique cases and could mitigate or even negate the criminal conviction. There is simply too much on the line for you to represent yourself, no matter how smart you are or how confident you feel.

If you or a loved one are incarcerated, call Giribaldi & Manaras, P.C. today to schedule a consultation. We can meet you in prison. The way that your case is handled can have a significant impact on what kind of penalties you face, which will also impact your family and loved ones.

There is no substitute for experience negotiating criminal charges and defending clients in the criminal justice system. Since 2001, the criminal defense attorneys at Giribaldi & Manaras, P.C. have represented clients in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area, including all of Delaware County, from our office in Media, Pennsylvania. Our law office is across the street from the Delaware County Courthouse.

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Media, PA Criminal
Defense Lawyer

There are a number of defenses that an experienced criminal defense attorney has used to help their clients. Defense attorneys have both the training and the education to develop a legal strategy based on the facts of your case and the most relevant legal theories to support your claims. An attorney also has access to essential resources, including expert witnesses, surveillance tapes, and DNA testing that can benefit your benefit when facing criminal charges. Here are some examples of defenses:

Your criminal defense lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation into the police’s conduct in your case. If we find any violations of your rights, then Giribaldi & Manaras, P.C. can file a motion to have your criminal charges reduced or dismissed. Examples of police missteps include:

  • Violating your right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, as protected in the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
  • Either intentionally or unintentionally mishandling or damaging evidence
  • Unlawfully detaining you

In order to arrest someone or obtain an arrest warrant from a judge, the police need probable cause. The police must be able to point to specific, objective factors that led them to believe that a person committed a crime.

For example, if you were pulled over, the officer should be able to articulate a reason for the stop, such as speeding, making excessively wide turns, swerving in and out of lanes, or otherwise showing signs of intoxication behind the wheel. If the officer suspected you of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, then they must be able to point to specific observations in your behavior and speech, as well as whether or not there is the presence of bloodshot eyes or the scent of alcohol on your breath.

It is a violation of your civil rights if the police pull you over on a hunch or by profiling. If you think that your civil rights have been violated, then call our law office today to speak with an attorney.

A seasoned criminal defense lawyer knows how to identify the logical errors, inconsistencies, or biases in an expert witness’s testimony. Your attorney can also cross-examine the arresting police officer and discredit their qualifications to demonstrate your innocence.

Also known as field sobriety tests, chemical tests are conducted before an arrest for DUI by collecting a sample of blood, urine, or breath. The purpose of the test is to determine if a driver is under the influence of alcohol or another controlled substance while operating a motor vehicle and if they are intoxicated. Because they can be done on the side of the road, they are a preferred method of testing by law enforcement. An attorney can argue that the sample was contaminated or was not drawn by someone qualified to administer the test, among other legal defenses.

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Understanding
Pennsylvania Drug Laws

At Giribaldi & Manaras, P.C., our defense attorneys have extensive experience with drug laws and have been representing clients accused of possession, possession with intent to deliver, direct sale, distribution, and trafficking of:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • Ecstasy
  • OxyContin®
  • Percocet®
  • Xanax®
  • Steroids

If you have been accused of violating Pennsylvania criminal laws regarding illegal or prescription drugs, we can help. The attorneys at our law firm are knowledgeable about state and federal drug laws — we will explore all of the viable options to help you avoid the most serious consequences.

The attorneys at our law firm will help you determine if you qualify for an alternative sentence through the Accelerative Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program. If you successfully complete the rehabilitation parameters, your charges will be dismissed. We can guide you through the legal process.

DUI LAWS IN MEDIA, PA

The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania enacted a new law in 2003 that lowered Pennsylvania's legal limit of alcohol from .10% to .08%. It also created changes to the fines, terms of suspension, and other penalties for breaking the law. Act 24 lays out all the legal penalties for DUI violations involving alcoholic beverages, chemical substances, or controlled substances. They are broken down into the following.

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First DUI Offense

A first conviction comes with a $300 fine and up to 6 months of probation. There is no mandatory jail time, license suspension, or ignition interlock device (IID) installation.

However, if your blood alcohol content (BAC) was higher, then the consequences are higher. If your BAC was .10% to .159%, then you could be facing fines between $500 and $5,000. Additionally, you may spend two days in jail, be required to have an IID installed in your car for one year, and your license may be suspended for a year.

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Second Offense

With your second offense, you could be facing fines between $300 and $2,500. You could also be facing:

  • Five days in jail
  • Six months of probation
  • Having your license suspended for 12 months
  • Having an ignition interlock device installed in your car for at least one year

Just like with a first offense, if your BAC was .10% to .159%, or .16% or higher, then the fines are higher. In these cases, the fines will be between $750 and $5,000, or even more.

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Third Offense

If you have had a third conviction within ten years of your second DUI conviction, then you could be facing fines between $500 and $10,000, depending on your BAC, just like in prior convictions. You could also face:

  • Between 10 to 365 days in jail
  • A 12-18 month driving suspension
  • Between two and seven years of probation
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Fourth and Subsequent Convictions

When you are facing your fourth conviction within ten years of your third, then you are facing third-degree felony charges and a maximum jail sentence of seven years. Additionally, your driver's license will be suspended for 18 months. Once reinstated, you would need to have an eye ID installed in your car for at least one year. If your BAC was between .08% and .099%, then the consequences are the same as if your BAC was .16% or higher.

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“Here are the facts - When you need an attorney, and we all do, there is only One - Alex Giribaldi. We have spent the last 2.5 years together during the most difficult of circumstances. Together, we hold our heads high and would highly recommend Alex to everyone & anyone. Thank you Alex for always looking out for your clients, and in this case me.”

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“Giribaldi & Manaras have been handling my family’s legal needs for years and I would not choose anyone else!”

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“Best law firm around! Pete and Alex are great attorneys – always professional and helpful.”

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“Giribaldi and Manaras got me more money than I ever thought I could for my accident case.”

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“The attorneys guided me through a very difficult time in my life and I am very grateful for all they did for me.”

Stephanie, Glen Mills, PA

“Pete and Alex really helped me defend my criminal case with their extensive knowledge of the law and criminal defense experience.”

Ryan, Media, PA

Extensive Criminal
Defense Experience

Any criminal charge is a serious matter. If you have been charged with a felony or misdemeanor criminal offense under Pennsylvania law, we offer you a vigorous defense based on the circumstances of your particular case. We have experience with a wide variety of criminal charges, including:

We have the trial experience to know whether it is a good idea to take your case to court or negotiate a plea bargain. If a trial is necessary, we will advocate your constitutional rights. We will fight for the charges to be dismissed if any evidence was obtained illegally.

Criminal Defense Lawyers Based in Media, Delaware County, PA

Sometimes when you are charged with a crime, having an experienced attorney who will fight for your freedom may make all the difference. At Giribaldi & Manaras, P.C., located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, our attorneys have been defending individuals accused of various crimes for a combined 30 years. Not only do we offer individual attention, but we achieve the results our clients need.

So if you have been charged with a drug crime, a DUI, a theft, an assault, or any other criminal offense, you need an attorney that is ready to protect you against the Commonwealth. Our office has represented individuals throughout Delaware County and in towns like Havertown, Drexel Hill, Aston, Springfield, Newtown Square, Collingdale, Broomall. If you’ve been charged with a crime, contact us to schedule a free initial consultation.

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Whether you are facing DUI, theft, or any other criminal charges, we are prepared to mount an effective defense strategy.

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