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We represent people in the Pittsburgh area and throughout western Pennsylvania in all felony and misdemeanor criminal matters, and clients from throughout the state in certain major criminal cases.
Our attorney, Gary E. Gerson, has more than 20 years of criminal defense experience to offer clients and limits his practice to handling criminal concerns exclusively. Mr. Gerson is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the Duquesne University School of Law and is admitted to practice in all Pennsylvania state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
We would also like to emphasize the fact that Mr. Gerson is a trial lawyer. And while it is true that many criminal cases are resolved before trial, having an attorney whom prosecutors recognize for their proven ability to defend clients aggressively and effectively in court, creates a much stronger platform for negotiation.
Areas of Law
Areas of Law Description
The Law Offices of Gary E. Gerson provides comprehensive representation to individuals accused of crimes throughout the entire southwestern Pennsylvania region. We focus on matters such as:
- Drug Charges
Our Pennsylvania lawyer at The Law Offices of Gary E. Gerson vigorously defends people against a wide range of drug crime charges. If you have been charged with possession, delivery, sales, possession with intent to deliver, or manufacturing, or other drug crimes, it is important to speak with an attorney knowledgeable about both misdemeanor and felony defense, as drug crimes are classified in both categories.
- DUI / DAI / DWI Charges
Our criminal defense attorney provides a skilled and vigorous defense to people charged with drunk driving (DUI / DWI / DAI), or driving under the influence. If you have been charged with DUI / DWI / DAI in Pennsylvania, it is critical to consult with a highly knowledgeable DUI lawyer. The penalties for DUI / DWI / DAI have become more severe. But there are still alternatives. It is important to know your rights!
- Traffic Violations
Our attorney has helped people in the Pittsburgh area and throughout western Pennsylvania who have been charged with speeding, reckless driving, driving after license suspension, and other serious traffic offenses. In addition to defending against drunk driving charges, our lawyer offers representation to those charged with all other violations of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code.
- Sex Crimes
If you have been charged with any level of sexual offense, including rape, involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, child molestation, or indecent assault, it is important to speak with a lawyer willing to go to trial to defend against any sex crime charge. Because of his extensive experience representing individuals charged with these crimes, our lawyer, Gary Gerson, knows that often a client's best chance to achieve a positive outcome is to request a jury trial.
- Internet Sex Crimes
Internet sex crimes such as downloading child pornography or trying to solicit a minor in a My-space or AOL chat room carry serious, lengthy, and often mandatory jail sentences and can mean years, if not a lifetime of sex offender registration. For these reasons, it is critical to have a trial attorney who is skilled at negotiating reductions in charges and who knows the complex Pennsylvania laws related to sex crimes.
- Chat Room Luring
Local, state, and federal investigators are now entering chat rooms and posing as minors in an effort to crack down on child pornography. In most cases, an online conversation begins and eventually turns sexual in nature. Sometimes, pornographic pictures are exchanged after one person requests them or indicates an interest in sending them. Internet chat room crimes are considered serious criminal offenses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. While it may not be possible to avoid a conviction, reducing the sentence or charges against you is essential. As your attorney, Gary E. Gerson explains the best options available to you in order to fight for the best outcome in your case.
- Sharing & Linking Child Pornography
Federal investigators are cracking down on child pornography throughout the country. In order to do so, FBI agents and other federal law enforcement officers pose as purveyors of pornography in online chat rooms. Typically, a federal agent will enter into a sexual conversation with someone in a chat room in order to see if he or she is interested in sending child pornography via email or through a file sharing program. In certain instances, federal officials have marked child pornographic pictures with code that alerts them to anytime an illegal image is transmitted over the internet. Since sending or receiving child pornography over the internet involves serious federal crimes, how you defend yourself is crucial.
- Internet Crimes
Internet crimes are being increasingly investigated and prosecuted. However, convictions can be difficult to obtain if reasonable doubt can be established regarding who actually used a computer during the commission of a crime and whether a crime was intentionally committed in the first place.
- Identity Theft
Identity theft usually involves credit card fraud and internet crime involving banking activity and online purchases. For this reason, investigators often try and link someone arrested for identity theft to other crimes they may not be guilty of. At The Law Offices of Gary E. Gerson, we intervene immediately into an investigation against our client in order to reduce the likelihood he or she will be implicated in additional crimes involving identity theft and fraud.
- Domestic Violence and Assault
Whether it starts with a few drinks and a few not so carefully chosen words and then escalates into a few punches, or it starts and ends with just a small push—if a domestic abuse call is placed and police arrive at the scene, more likely than not and even if the allegations are false, someone is going to be arrested. Attorney Gary E. Gerson represents clients charged with domestic violence and spousal assaults in Allegheny County Domestic Violence Court and in other western Pennsylvania jurisdictions.
- Juvenile Offenses
Gary E. Gerson takes the defense of juvenile charges very seriously, working with schools, parents, and the child to keep the juvenile out of adult court whenever possible, and negotiating alternatives within the juvenile court system.
- Theft and Fraud Defense
Our criminal defense attorney defends people charged with matters such as shoplifting, petty theft, identity theft, car theft, computer crimes, credit card theft, employee theft, and more. The penalties for conviction of these crimes vary, depending on several factors, including the value of the property stolen or unlawfully possessed. In either case, you need a skilled theft and fraud lawyer to defend you if you have been charged with any level of stealing or fraud.
- Property Crimes
Our attorney has defended juveniles, college students, and adults against a wide range of property offense charges, including burglary, criminal mischief, and risking a catastrophe. Quite often these crimes are unintended results of youthful exuberance or partying. Students at local colleges can count on our lawyer to provide them with skilled and knowledgeable defense against property crimes. Whether or not you are a college student, our law firm will mount a vigorous defense and secure the best outcome possible. We have been successful in negotiating dropped charges, alternative restitution, reduced fines, and other alternatives to jail time or punitive fines.
- Violent Crimes
Our Pittsburgh law firm, The Law Offices of Gary E. Gerson defends people charged with all types of violent crimes. If you have been accused of any violent crime, including aggravated assault, robbery, murder, or rape, it is important to speak with a knowledgeable attorney immediately. Because of his extensive experience representing individuals charged with such offenses, our attorney, Gary Gerson, knows how to negotiate lower charges, alternatives to prison time, and reduced sentences.
- Weapons Charges
There are many constitutional issues surrounding the possession and use of firearms. Our attorney is well-versed in these issues, especially the protection against illegal search and seizure, and uses his knowledge to help clients charged with weapons law violations.
- Federal Crimes
Our federal practice includes a wide variety of fraud cases, federal drug charges, sex crimes, weapons violations, and more. Gary E. Gerson practices in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
- Expungements / Pardons
The effects of an arrest and conviction on criminal charges will often last well beyond the original sentence imposed by the court. You may lose out on employment opportunities. You may be denied certain types of loans or professional licenses. You may not be able to join certain organizations. All of this can and does happen to people every day simply because they have a criminal record. Gary E. Gerson helps clients petition for the expungement of their criminal records, obtain Governor's pardons, and seek clemency.
Mr. Gary E. Gerson
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