Criminal Defense Attorney in Gettysburg


Free step by step guide to find the best criminal defense attorney in Gettysburg.

Step 1

Acknowledge you have a problem. This is not the time to put your head in the sand. Right now, the government is winning.

Step 2

Know what is at stake. Here is some free information on DUI and criminal law for you. It includes information about

  • the charges,
  • what the government has to prove at trial,
  • any mandatory minimums for a conviction,
  • the maximum sentence,
  • fines, costs, restitution,
  • the likelihood of jail,
  • the grading of the offense,
  • defenses that work, 
  • and much more.


Free PA DUI Info (Easy to Understand Language) 

Information on Pennsylvania Criminal Charges (and Maximum Sentences)

Free information on Drug Charges

Gun Law charges (and maximum sentences)

Sexual Offenses (and Free Megan’s Law) Information

Free Guide on Theft Charges in PA

What to do with assault charges and Self Defense in Pennsylvania


Step 3

Think about your future. What do you want to either keep doing or do in terms of your family life (such as coaching) or your career path (such as management or a particular type of job like a doctor). Learn what’s at stake with every conviction. Here is the internet’s most comprehensive guide on consequences for felony and misdemeanor convictions in PA:

Felony Conviction Consequences in Pennsylvania

Misdemeanor Conviction Consequences in Pennsylvania

Step 4

Have a gut check moment. It’s ok and normal to be concerned about the future and be full of “what if’s”. That’s actually a good sign. It means that your life is not over and life is not only worth living, but is worth fighting for. It’s time to adult. These charges are not going to go away on their own. Only you can make the difference here by selecting the right attorney.

Step 5

Research attorneys.

Look for:

  • attitude,
  • experience,
  • reputation,
  • knowledge,
  • and guts.

Overall, you want someone who is internationally known, locally familiar and fiercely independent.

When selecting which attorney to hire, please consider:

  • Can you call anytime and talk to a live person?
  • Do they offer payment plans with no credit checks?
  • Will your attorney be attentive and explain what’s going on?

At The McShane Firm, we answer yes to all of these questions. We strive to provide you with a great customer service experience during this tough time.



What you are looking for in an attorney is a “results-oriented” attorney. Someone whose entire focus is on one thing: beating the government. In other words: winning. With the younger generation of folks, it is popular to say things like “I tired my best” or “I meant well” as some sort of magical excuse for poor execution or losing.

We, at The McShane Firm, know we exist in your life for a very limited time and for a very limited purpose. You won’t be sending us birthday cards like you do your family and friends. We don’t want to be your attorneys for life because that means you keep needing a criminal defense attorney and that’s not a great thing to aspire towards. You hire us to make a difference. And that is what we do. End results matter. Little else does, in our world.



In an attorney, you need someone who has just the right amount of experience. You don’t want the “old dog”: the dog that has no fight left. The one who doesn’t lift an eyebrow when bad guys are at the door. You also don’t want the young pup. The one who barks at you, the mailman, the intruder and even his own shadow. That’s not good protection. You want the seasoned guard dog. The one who knows the difference.

For nearly 20 years, the attorneys and support staff at The McShane Firm have been protecting your neighbors and friends. We know which fights to fight. We will never let you down. But we are also wise enough because of our 20 years to know how far to push without it blowing up in your face. This is about you. It’s not about us.

What is The McShane Difference?

  • We take time to understand your personal needs and goals. Then we cater our legal strategy to fit you.
  • We care about you. We listen and return phone calls. We will take time to explain things so you are not left anxious in the dark.
  • We will make this as easy as possible. We will try to minimize the number of times you have to be in court which means less disruption of your work and family life.

Does this sound like what you are looking for in an attorney? If yes, then take the next step and call (717) 657-3900.



There are good attorneys and bad attorneys. Adams County (thankfully) is not Philadelphia. The criminal defense attorney bar in Gettysburg is small. The judges, the police, and the DAs know who fights and who lays down.

As we just said… for nearly 20 years we have been fighting the government. When it comes to criminal law, no one has the number of reviews and peer testimonials that we do. No one. We have a combined over 400 of them. Here is just a few.

Read our 400+ client and peer reviews

Not go-along-to-get along

This goes hand in hand with reputation. Local lawyers focus on local interests. They have to be in the same social clubs or the same political events as the DA or the judges. This makes for strange bed fellows, doesn’t it?

How can you push the limits of defending your client if you are worried that the DA won’t “help you out” on that next case. How can you push like crazy against the local ADA who is also on the zoning board that you appear in front of? You can’t. Well, not effectively. This is why you need someone who knows the local realities and is locally known but is fiercely independent.

All we do is criminal law and DUI defense. When the local ADA also sits on the school board, you don’t have to worry about your McShane Firm attorney pulling back because his kid is in trouble with the school board or his or her spouse is a teacher. You don’t have to worry about your McShane Firm attorney being concerned that he is going to be kicked out of the country club because the judge that sits on the membership Board is upset because of a not guilty. We flat out don’t care. We care about you. And winning. That’s it.

Our Clients are entitled to a Bill of Rights which states:

  • Our clients have the right to expect, we will be proactive in communication. You will hear it from us first. We will return all phone calls, texts and emails promptly.
  • Our clients have the right to expect plain speaking, straight shooting. No B. S.
  • Our clients have the right to expect us to do it right the first time, every time.
  • Our clients have the right to expect us to be on time and professionally prepared for all court appearances, and all meetings.
  • Our clients have the right to expect that they will be fully informed at all times.

This is our promise to you. Call today to get us on your side: (717) 657-3900.


Make the smart move

The smart move when you take a look at everything is to follow the leader and subject matter experts: The McShane Firm. We are proud to answer: “That’s me” when folks ask “Who is the best criminal defense attorney in Gettysburg?” Thousands of folks just like you have and they were happy that they did.