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Facing the Death Penalty in Pennsylvania?

Representation from a Certified York Criminal Defense Lawyer

Pennsylvania is 1 of just 31 states in America where the death penalty is still legal. These cases are immensely difficult and with so much on the line, your choice of legal representation has never been more important. At Ilkhanoff & Silverstein, our team is backed by an attorney officially certified to handle death penalty cases and represent you during this time.

We understand that in the event of a death penalty cases, the stakes are higher than they've ever been. With more than 40 years of experience and an intimate understanding of the state's capital punishment laws, we may be the advantage your case needs. Trust our York death penalty defense lawyer to represent you with competence and compassion.

What crimes are penalized with capital punishment?

Prior to 1990, Pennsylvania's most common means of execution was electrocution. Today, lethal injection serves as the only way inmates can be executed. The death penalty is reserved for only the most serious crimes and those accused often experience years of waiting before actually receiving a sentence.

The following crimes are punishable by the death penalty:

  • Murder of fireman, peace officer, or public servant while on duty
  • Murder of any state or local law enforcement officer
  • Knowingly creating grave risk of death to another victim
  • Defendant convicted of voluntary manslaughter before or at time of any killing
  • Murder of a victim under 12
  • Murder of any person known to be in their third trimester of pregnancy

The gravity of these crimes cannot be denied. You may feel hopeless, even if you were wrongly accused; however, you can still fight your charges. When you retain an attorney certified to handle death penalty cases, they are a step above all other criminal defense attorneys. Your certified legal advocate is equipped with a unique ability to handle the various aspects of your case and deliver a defense unlike those used for misdemeanors or even felonies.

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Our firm believes that no one should go without legal representation, particularly when the outcome of your life hangs in the balance. We're a team that approaches each case proactively and never lets up when things appear hopeless.

Call our York criminal defense attorneys today for skilled representation and a deep commitment to your needs.

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