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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. 

Why Choose Sebald & Hackwelder 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 in Erie, PA.  For emergencies call 814-882-1972. 

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Reviews

 

I hired Eric for someone who was facing serious felony charges. He is a fairly young man with a young child who he absolutely adores. He had made mistakes and I didn't feel he needed to go to jail and be separated from that child. Eric was extremely helpful and actually, you could tell that he took this case personally because of all of the time and effort he put into the case. He was always available to us and his family. When it came time for the sentencing we all thought he was going to jail. When the judge sentenced him to 3 years parole we were all extremely happy. I can not say enough good things to say about Eric.

 
Jeffrey

Eric has helped us numerous times. He has been there for us when ever we call and made himself available in a moments notice, when necessary. He knows just what to do and is also great at dealing with the emotional side of the situation. We trust him completely and would highly recommend Eric.

 
Rhonda

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

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...

 
Michael

I am more than pleased with my experience with attorney Hackwelder. He is knowledgeable and got us a great result. I would highly recommend hiring Attorney Hackwelder.

 
Anonymous

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

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

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

I would highly recommend Attorney Hackwelder. My case was different than most but he went out of his way to do his research to make sure things went my way. He won the case for me and if I ever need another attorney I will call him again.

 
Pam

I was in a rough spot and Attorney Sebald exceeded my expectations while being fair and upfront about the possible outcomes. I was impressed by his knowledge and navigation of the law, but also by his relationships within that community.

 
Tim
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