Pennsylvania Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Hiring the wrong lawyer can be a very costly mistake. It may even cost you your freedom.

Right here in Pennsylvania, people are frequently found guilty in court not because the evidence proves it, but because an incompetent lawyer failed to provide them with a proper defense. It can happen in any kind of case, from the simplest DUI to the most serious felony. And if it’s happened to you, you may wonder if you have any recourse against a system that has failed you.

The good news is, you actually do under certain circumstances. Under Pennsylvania law, you can claim Ineffective Assistance of Counsel and, if you prove your case, your conviction(s) may be overturned with the opportunity for a new trial. If you’ve been found guilty and are facing serious penalties because of someone else’s mistake, this kind of second chance is priceless. You may be able to avoid fines, a criminal record and even jail time. So this time around, it’s crucial that you make right decisions in order to make that second chance work for you.

A Second Chance

If you are able to prove your attorney provided “ineffective assistance” by showing that his or her performance did not meet an “objective standard of reasonableness,” and that there is “a reasonable probability that, but for counsel’s unprofessional errors, the result of the proceeding would have been different,” your conviction may be overturned. Which means that if you can prove that your lawyer’s actions and choices were bad, and that there is a good chance you would have had a different result with a different choice in strategy, you may get a new trial.

However, as you might imagine, getting to that point is not easy. Once the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania convicts you, they will not give up that conviction without a very unfair fight. To fight back effectively, you need the best possible lawyer for the job — someone who is trained, professional, experienced both in and out of the courtroom and aggressive enough to fight for you.

Our lawyers at The McShane firm are highly-trained in all aspects of Pennsylvania criminal law, and have been extensively trained in forensic science and litigation. Our firm utilizes the top experts in the nation to provide you with the professional defense you deserve.

If you believe you are a victim of legal in incompetence and a bad lawyer got you convicted, don’t make the same mistake twice. Contact the highly-trained, highly-experienced criminal lawyers at The McShane Firm for the second chance you deserve.