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LARRY HARMELIN is a thoroughly experienced Chester County criminal defense attorney. If you have been charged with a criminal offense, it is important to consult with an experienced local attorney. You may have constitutional rights that have been violated by the arresting officers. You rights need to be protected. Larry Harmelin has successfully challenged police procedures in Chester County Court, utilizing his trial experience as a trial Deputy District Attorney. He has tried cases for the defense in Chester County Court for over twenty-five years, after seven years as a prosecutor in West Chester.

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If you have been arrested, or served with a criminal summons to appear at District Court, the criminal justice system can be frightening to those unfamiliar with it.

If you face criminal charges, it is important to consult with an experienced Chester County criminal defense attorney. In this day and age, penalties for offenses such as DUI and drug possession can be harsh, with mandatory sentences of imprisonment and drivers licensing penalties frequently involved.

Your first appearance in a criminal case is generally a preliminary hearing, scheduled at one of the nineteen Magisterial District Court throughout Chester County, before a Magisterial District Judge (frequently referred to as a "D.J."). That judge will set bail at a proceeding called a "preliminary arraignment", frequently done at the preliminary hearing, if not set previously at the time of the arrest.

After the preliminary hearing, a "formal arraignment" is scheduled at the Chester County Justice Center, in West Chester., The formal arraignment triggers certain rights that all defendants have under the Rules of Criminal Procedure, such as the right to file pre-trial motions, seeking, among other relief, the suppression (i.e., the exclusion)of evidence obtained improperly by the police. Your lawyer will obtain all police reports and notification of evidence that the DA intends to use against you at trial.

At a trial, you certainly need an experienced litigator. LARRY HARMELIN has been trying cases before Chester County juries for over thirty years. He is a passionate, aggressive and thoroughly prepared advocate for his clients at all stages of the process, up through the most important stage of all, sentencing.

As many cases are resolved through negotiated dispositions, with a guilty plea agreement (often to reduced charges),it is important to have an experienced negotiator who can persuasively advocate your side of the story. LARRY HARMELIN has an intense drive to succeed, coupled with over thirty years experience thinking and speaking on his feet in a Chester County criminal courtroom.

To speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding a Criminal matter, call Larry Harmelin for a free consultation, at 610-696-2226, or email him at harmelinesquire @comcast.net.

LARRY HARMELIN has decades of experience defending people charged with drug offenses under the Pennsylvania Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act. When minors are charged with criminal drug offenses, there can be serious repercussions, such as imprisonment and drivers license suspensions, which make consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney essential.

Larry Harmelin has been handling drug cases since his fourth year of law school, hired by the Chester County DA's Office to prosecute juvenile offenders in court before hearing Masters. After passing the Bar examination, he was hired in 1981, as an Assistant District Attorney in West Chester. He gained valuable experience investigating cases, preparing witnesses for their testimony in court, and persuading juries of the merits of his cases.

Since 1988, Larry Harmelin has defended hundreds of clients facing marijuana, or other drug charges in Chester County. Because of the potential consequences of a drug conviction, you need to have an attorney familiar with obtaining results which avoid a finding of guilt. Through a program called "Drug Court", one can earn eligibility for an expungement of their arrest record.

Larry Harmelin is very familiar with all phases and stages of a marijuana or drug case. He has years of experience with the entire process, starting with pre-charge representation, through Drug Court, a guilty plea or a trial. He is experienced at developing a strategies for sentencing, and making a thorough, compassionate and successful presentation to the sentencing judge.

Larry Harmelin has vast experience defending, and winning, marijuana or drug charges in Chester County. He is a former prosecutor with 25 years of defending people who charged with drug offenses. He has the experience to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecutor's case.

When you are facing marijuana or drug-related criminal charges, Larry Harmelin can provide valuable advice and guidance in dealing with the situation. He has years of experience evaluating the legality of drug arrests and seizures of evidence by police. He has prepared and litigated dozens of motions to suppress unconstitutional searches and seizures of marijuana, or other drugs, by local police departments.

Larry Harmelin is a skilled negotiator, familiar with the concept of obtaining the least punishment possible for his clients under the Pennsylvania Drug Device and Cosmetic Act.

To speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding a marijauna or drug matter, call Larry Harmelin for a free consultation, at 610-696-2226, or email him at harmelinesquire @comcast.net.

LARRY HARMELIN has defended clients charged with DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND/OR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES (i.e., drugs) since 1988. Before that, he was a successful prosecutor in the Chester County District Attorney's Office. He tried dozens of cases to verdict for the DA's Office, ranging from DUI up to Murder, Kidnapping, Arson, Rape and Child Sexual Assaults.

The crime of DUI has become more serious. In 2004, the legal alcohol limit was reduced from 0.10% to 0.08% blood alcohol level. The punishments have also been increased since 2004. Since the Pennsylvania DUI law is what is called an "enhanced penalty statute", the punishment increases with each subsequent offense.

Thankfully, there is a program available for the majority of DUI first offenders, known as the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, OR "ARD" program. Larry Harmelin has decades of experience defending people charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or other controlled substances. When drivers are charged with criminal offenses, such as DUI, there can be serious repercussions, relating to both possible imprisonment and license suspensions. These factors make consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney essential.

Larry Harmelin has been handling DUI cases since 1981, first as a young prosecutor in West Chester. He learned how to thoroughly, and successfully, prepare DUI cases for trial. He gained valuable experience investigating cases, preparing witnesses for their testimony in court, and persuading juries of the merits of his cases.

Since 1988, Larry Harmelin has defended hundreds of clients facing DUI charges in the Chester County Court of Common Pleas. Because of the potential consequences of a DUI conviction, you need to have an attorney familiar with obtaining reduced charges at a preliminary hearing, or probation without a finding of guilt, under ARD. A successfully completed six month period of probation under ARD can be expunged, or erased, from a client's record.

Larry Harmelin is very familiar with all phases and stages of a DUI case. He has decades of experience with the entire process, starting with pre-charge representation, to a preliminary hearing, to ARD, or for second or subsequent offenders, to a trial and sentencing. He is thoroughly familiar with all aspects of sentencing, including the Intermediate Punishment Plan.

Larry Harmelin has vast experience representing presumptively innocent clients at DUI trials in Chester County. As a former juvenile prosecutor, and after 25 years defending clients charged with DUI, he has the experience to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecutor's case.

When you are facing a DUI charge, Larry Harmelin can provide valuable advice and guidance in dealing with the situation. He is a skilled negotiator, familiar with the concept of obtaining the least punishment possible for his clients under the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code.

To speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding a DUI matter, call Larry Harmelin for a free consultation, at 610-696-2226, or email him at harmelinesquire @comcast.net.

LARRY HARMELIN has decades of experience defending children, under 18, with juvenile offenses under the Pennsylvania Crimes Code. When minors are charged with criminal offenses, there can be serious repercussions, which make consulting with an experienced juvenile defense attorney essential.

Larry Harmelin has been handling juvenile cases since his fourth year of law school, hired by the Chester County DA's Office to prosecute juvenile offenders in court before hearing Masters. He gained valuable experience investigating cases, preparing witnesses for their testimony in court, and persuading Masters and Judges of the merits of his cases.

Since 1988, Larry Harmelin has defended hundreds of minors facing charges in Chester County Juvenile Court, ranging from marijuana possession and retail theft up to robbery, aggravated assault and serious sexual offenses. Because of the potential future effects of a juvenile adjudication of guilt, your child needs to have an attorney familiar with obtaining non-adjudicatory results, or Consent Decrees.

Larry Harmelin is intimately familiar with all phases and stages of a juvenile case. He has years of experience with the entire process, starting with pre-charge representation, to an initial interview with the Juvenile Probation Department, through guilty plea or trial and punishment.

Larry Harmelin has vast experience defending, and winning, juvenile trials in Chester County. As a former juvenile prosecutor, and after 25 years defending juvenile clients, he has the experience to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecutor's case.

When your child is facing criminal charges, Larry Harmelin can provide valuable advice and guidance in dealing with the situation. He is a skilled negotiator, familiar with the concept of obtaining the least punishment possible for his clients under the Pennsylvania Juvenile Act.

To speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding a juvenile matter, call Larry Harmelin for a free consultation, at 610-696-2226, or email him at harmelinesquire @comcast.net.

LARRY HARMELIN has defended clients charged with VIOLATIONS OF PAROLE AND PROBATIONS (or "VOP's") since 1988. Before that, he was a successful prosecutor in the Chester County District Attorney's Office. He represented the DA's Office in prosecuting individuals who allegedly failed to live up to the terms or conditions of their Court-Ordered parole or probation.

When a person is placed on probation or parole by the court, certain terms and conditions are imposed by the court. These can range from the performance of a certain amount of community service, drug and alcohol, or mental health evaluation and treatment, payment of restitution for monetary lost in conjunction with the case, etc. When a person on probation or parole is charged with violating the terms or conditions of that probation or parole, there can be serious repercussions, including imprisonment. This makes consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney essential.

Larry Harmelin has been handling Violation of Probation or Parole cases since 1981, first as a young prosecutor in West Chester. He learned how to thoroughly, and successfully, prepare for VOP hearings. He gained valuable experience reviewing reports of alleged violations and preparing probation officers for their testimony in court, and persuading judges of the merits of his cases.

Since 1988, Larry Harmelin has defended hundreds of clients facing VOP charges in the Chester County Court of Common Pleas. Because of the potential consequences of a VOP finding by the sentencing judge, you need to have an attorney familiar with obtaining reinstatement of parole or probation, without imprisonment.

Larry Harmelin is familiar with all phases and stages of a VOP case. After 25 years defending clients charged with violating their probation or parole, he has the experience to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the probation officer's case.

When you are facing a VOP charge, Larry Harmelin can provide valuable advice and guidance in dealing with the situation. He is a skilled negotiator, familiar with the concept of obtaining the least punishment possible for his clients under the circumstances.

To speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding a VOP matter, call Larry Harmelin for a free consultation, at 610-696-2226, or email him at harmelinesquire @comcast.net.

Larry Harmelin, Esquire
212 West Gay Street
West Chester, PA 19380
610-696-2226