Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyer

At the Law Offices of V. Erik Petersen, I have tried every type of criminal case from Murder to Shoplifting and Homicide by Vehicle to Driving Under the Influence “DUI”. If you or someone you love has been accused of a crime, contact the Law Offices of V. Erik Petersen for a free case assessment.

DUI

I handle all kinds of DUI cases, including those that involve Underage Drinking, traffic accidents, and Homicide by Vehicle While Driving Under the Influence. I work hard to minimize the impact that a DUI has on my client and their family. For example, many first time offenders are eligible for Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (also known as ARD).
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Assault and Homicide

I represent people who have been charged with Homicide (Murder), Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault and Simple Assault. Because of my traffic and DUI experience, I am especially adept at defending those who face vehicular homicide charges.
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Drug Charges

A few years back, I represented an individual who was charged with the single largest drug offense in Pennsylvania at the time. This individual was charged with trafficking over 550 kilos of cocaine. I still handle large trafficking cases. I also represent those who face charges of simple possession of cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and any other “street” drug. I also represent individuals charged with possession and related offenses as a result of using a forged or altered prescription.
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Theft

Theft cases that I handle include Robbery, Forgery, Burglary, and Retail Theft. A theft conviction is a serious matter, but I have the experience to help you obtain the best result possible.
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Sex Crimes

I handle sex crime cases that involve Rape, Sexual Assault, Statutory Rape, and Indecent Exposure.
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ARD – Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition

I have a broad civil litigation background that serves me well in this area. I handle complicated white collar cases that involve Identity Theft, Insurance Fraud, Embezzlement, and other types of employee fraud.
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Traffic Citations

I represent people who have received serious traffic tickets such as Driving Under Suspension, Reckless Driving, or Hit and Run. If there is an accident, I work with accident reconstructionists to build a solid defense. As with my DUI cases, I fight hard to ensure that my client stays out of jail and on the road. I also handle summary offenses including Underage Drinking, Disorderly Conduct, and Public Drunkenness.
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License Suspension

Along with DUI and traffic offenses, a license suspension may accompany various charges such as Drug Possession and Underage Drinking. If you are charged with refusing to give a blood or breath sample in connection with a DUI charge, you will also face an additional suspension for the refusal. In all cases, I can provide guidance to my clients who are facing a license suspension by either fighting the suspension through an appeal or assisting them in obtaining a work license for those that qualify.
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Juvenile Offenses

When a minor is accused of a crime, the state considers rehabilitation more important than punishment. I make sure that my client has every opportunity to get a second chance and keep their record clean.
Probation Violation

If you have been arrested or if you believe you might have violated your probation or parole, call my office. The sooner you take action, the greater your chances of maintaining your freedom.
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Expungements

The number of people eligible for expungement in Pennsylvania is relatively small. You should be eligible if your charges were dismissed or if you successfully completely Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD). However, you will not know if you are eligible until you consult an attorney.
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If you or a family member faces criminal charges, contact the Law Offices of V. Erik Petersen to consult an experienced Montgomery County criminal defense lawyer.