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Criminal Defense Attorneys in Erie, PA

If you have been charged with a crime, don't settle for a court-appointed attorney. You deserve aggressive representation from a trusted criminal defense attorney. You can minimize or remove your criminal charges by working with knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys at Sebald, Hackwelder, & Knox. 

Why Choose Sebald, Hackwelder, & Knox as Your Criminal Defense Attorneys?

We understand this point of your life can be tense, confusing, and frustrating. The best thing you can do after an arrest is immediately set up a free case consultation with our criminal defense attorneys. We have extensive experience in defending clients in court who have been charged with a crime in Erie, PA.  When working with us, you can rest assured knowing that your criminal case is in good hands - no matter what criminal offense charges you are facing.

Criminal Defense FAQs

What is the criminal process in Pennsylvania?

If you have been charged with a crime in Pennsylvania and there wasn't an on-site arrest, you can expect a warrant to be presented for your arrest. You will then see an arraignment court judge within a 24-hour period who will determine whether to set bail or bond given the charges. Then, an initial preliminary hearing court date will be set and you will receive a subpoena to appear.

What happens at the preliminary hearing?

At the preliminary hearing, a representative from the District Attorney's office has to call witnesses to make a prima facie case that a crime has been committed. If the Commonwealth is able to show that the individual charged with the crime more likely than not commited the crime, then the case will go to trial.

What is the most common mistake made by people facing criminal charges?

The most common mistake a person facing a criminal charge makes is not working with an experienced criminal defense attorney from the very start. If you meet with the authorities or another government agency on your own without an attorney, then it's very challenging to come back from any harm done to the defense.

Contact Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys

Whether you're the target of a criminal investigation or you've already been charged with a crime, it's important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. For an immediate response and an aggressive courtroom attorney to get you the results you need, contact Sebald, Hackwelder, & Knox in Erie, PA.  For emergencies call 814-882-1972. 

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Reviews

 

Attorney Sebald did a great job handling my case. I was cited improperly for a traffic accident, and Steve and his partner were able to resolve the situation quickly and with great professionalism.

 
Tom

Stephen is a very knowledgeable lawyer! I got a DUI with a BAC of 2.16 and walked away with only 6 months probation and didn't lose my license! I can't thank this man enough! Thank you Stephen for all the hard work you put into my case!

 
Matthew

Because I listened to his expert advice, I will serve NO prison time, NO jail time, and my fine was minimal. Thanks again Stephen for a tough uphill battle, and you never gave up.

 
JohnErie, PA

I received a speeding ticket while traveling through Erie, PA. Steve and his expert team took care of everything while I was 600 miles away in North Carolina. He greatly reduced my conviction and fines. Valerie on his team took the time to hand-hold me through the process. I truly appreciate all that Steve and his team did to resolve this positively for me.

 
Diane Erie, PATraffic Violation Defense

I was charged with theft by extortion, a 3rd degree felony which carries a possible sentence of 7 years in prison and 15,000 in fines. Against my better judgement, I took the advice of Stephen and pled guilty for a reduced sentence. Because I listened to his expert advice, I will serve NO prison time, NO jail time, and my fine was minimal. Thanks again Stephen for a tough uphill battle, and you never gave up.

 
John

Stephen Sebald far exceeded my expectations. As a result of trusting in his extensive knowledge of the law & him working diligently on my case, charges were substantially reduced. He was always on call & went above & beyond in my case. Excellent defense attorney!

 
Shelley

Mr. Hackwelder and Mr. Sebald both worked very diligently to a resolution of a very serious case. My son was accused of a crime that would have cost him his freedom and caused irreparable harm to his reputation and his family unit. A conviction would have led to certain alienation of his rights as a father. My son, a provider and a family man was accused by a third party with an obvious agenda. Both Hackwelder and Sebald did exactly as the indicated at our first meeting. They said that this case would end up dismissed and it was. They were able to successfully demonstrate to the district attorney that there was no way that this case would be successfully prosecuted because of the lack of evidence, improper conduct and the overt agenda of the accusing party. I would not hesitate to ask Eric Hackwelder or Stephen Sebald to represent my loved ones again and you definitely shouldn't look any further.

 
Michael

Attorney Sebald represented me in 2005 for a DUI. So when I was facing legal problems again in 2015 for getting 3 DUI's in a 5 month period due to an addiction to alcohol I knew I needed him to represent me again. Mr. Sebald truly cares about his clients. I met with him we discussed my case and what I was facing. He guided me on what I should do. He doesn't sugar coat things. Mr. Sebald is honest with you from the beginning and will do everything he can to get the best possible outcome. I was facing some pretty serious consequences and through his advice, guidance and representation I not only was able to avoid Jail time but also get help for my problem with alcohol. I truly believe if it weren't for him I would not be where I am today. After hiring Attorney Sebald he traveled to Lycoming county to represent me for my preliminary hearing and sentencing. He called and spoke with the D.A., judges as well as other attorneys in that area. He also represented me here in Erie county for my preliminary hearing as well as sentencing. He does his research. I would strongly recommend Mr Sebald to anyone who needs legal representation.

 
Michael

Mr. Sebald is honest with you from the beginning and will do everything he can to get the best possible outcome.

 
MichaelErie, PA

Eric was great. Very professional and very knowledgeable of the law. Attorney Hackwelder and his partner were able to resolve my particular case quickly and to my benefit. Good job!

 
Tom
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