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Criminal Law Lawyer

Experience When You Need It Most
The Law Office of Douglas Earl LLC, provides effective criminal defense representation to people in Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery Counties, Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania. With 34 years of experience on our side, we have the track record of results that proves our effectiveness.

Responsive, Personalized Service

Douglas P. Earl, Esquire is with you every step of the way.  He has represented people during investigations.  He has dealt with detectives, federal agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Postal Service, Homeland Security.  He knows how forensic interviews are conducted. Many times when a loved one is arrested family members and friends have trouble having contact with their loved one or find out why he or she has been arrested.  Mr. Earl visits the loved one and begins defending the client immediately.

September 28, 2023: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs. K.O., MC-51-CR-0003060-2023 – A date of client accused client of assaulting her after a Super Bowl party. Judge finds that there might have been a tussle but that there was no crime committed. District Attorneys brought out at the trial photos of bruises and a damaged lip. The defense brought out that the complaining witness was contacting my client after the incident. The Court dismissed all charges.

February 3, 2023: Commonwealth vs. Rogers, Municipal Court of Philadelphia – Case Dismissed. Client was arrested because he used a firearm, which he lawfully possessed and had a gun permit, against a criminal who was stealing his car. Client was taking out the trash when he saw the car thief. Police arrested him and charged him with assault, reckless endangerment, and possession of instrument of crime with intent because he told the police that he fired at the thief for stealing his car. Attorney Douglas Earl’s defense was based on Corpus Delicti rule.

November 10, 2022 – Attorney Earl defends E.V. against aggravated assault charges. Police Officer wrote in report that he saw victim on ground knocked out cold. Neighbor says he saw E.V. and victim fighting then victim went to ground. Charges dismissed.

October, 7, 2022 – Not Guilty Jury Verdict. Commonwealth vs. R.G., Common Please Court Criminal Division, 2021.  Douglas P.  Earl, Esquire defends R.G. against rape charges in a jury trial and wins an acquittal. R.G. found not guilty by jury on October 7, 2022.  Attorney Earl worked hard to uncover facts not found by detective.  Attorney Earl used cell phone video, had a transcript made of body cam footage and cell phone videos as well as photos.

September 19, 2022 – Douglas P. Earl, Esquire obtains return seized United States currency by the Drug Enforcement Agency to Client of $750,000 after hard fought settlement negotiations.

June 6, 2022 – Douglas P. Earl, Esquire obtains dismissal of charges of weapons and devices charges against Client for having a pellet gun at Philadelphia International Airport.  Client brought pellet gun to airport unknowingly. Pellet gun belonged to son and client did not know it was in her luggage.  Charges dismissed after client does community service.

Douglas P. Earl, Esquire knows that it is extremely important to find the details of an investigation, what law enforcement or a forensic interviewer actually did.  Mr. Earl recently read a report of a forensic interview.  Mr. Earl fought for the DVD of the interview.  Mr. Earl had to request a court order for the forensic interview. When Mr. Earl viewed the DVD of the interview he realized how sanitized and edited the written forensic interview report was.  It is a child sexual abuse case.  The child said he had to say what his mother said so that his mother would not get in trouble.  This is an example of why someone in trouble or arrested needs a good defense attorney.

When you choose our law firm to assist with a criminal law case, you can expect to receive responsive, personalized service from our lead attorney, Douglas P. Earl.

We are proud of our ability to provide this level of service. Listening to the stories that our clients have to tell is an important first step toward a positive legal solution.
Our personalized service lasts for the duration of your case. You will find that we are responsive. When you need to get in touch with us, you’ll be able to. We will keep you involved through every step of the process.

Strong Advocacy

If you have been accused of a crime, you need more than just a lawyer. You need a strong advocate who will assert and protect your rights. That is exactly what you will get when you enlist our law firm.
We believe in hard work and thorough preparation. We believe in making carefully calculated moves designed to get a specific result, a positive result that meets your goals. That’s the level of service you deserve.

Actual case: 16 year old charged with murder.  Douglas P. Earl, Esquire got right to work planning the teenager’s defense.  Meetings with family members, at the prison with the youngster, investigation of the scene.  Hiring a psychologist to support the juvenile’s amenability to treatment in the juvenile court system.  Discussions with homicide assistant district attorney, more investigation, discussions with juvenile client, meetings with family members.  End result a sentence is a 3 to 7 years year sentence for third degree murder. Douglas P. Earl, Esquire argued strongly that the adolescent was under the influence of an adult to rob a drug dealer. The youngster participated in programs and counseling to show his desire to be productive.

Actual case: a roofer is charged in federal court with being involved in the possession and distribution of 6 kilograms of cocaine.  Douglas P. Earl, Esquire starts work on the case immediately upon being hired by the defendant’s family.  Douglas P. Earl, Esquire represents client at the detention hearing, appeals the United States Magistrate’s denial of bail to the assigned United States District Court Judge.  Judge issues order allowing family to pledge their homes as collateral for the bail.  Mr. Earl assembles the deed and mortgage information and filed the documents at the Clerk of Courts to obtain the client’s release.  Douglas P. Earl, Esquire defended the client in a three defendant jury trial.  Government’s star witness pleads guilty and testifies against Mr. Earl’s client.  Jury’s verdict: Not guilty.

Actual case: man is arrested for his third DUI.  Mandatory minimum sentence in Pennsylvania is 1 year imprisonment.  Client is not sentenced to prison.  He is given credit for the time he spent in a recovery house.  Douglas P. Earl, Esquire was retained when the Client was first arrested.  Mr. Earl was with the client every step of the way.

Actual case: man is arrested for child pornography. Federal Sentencing Guidelines are 9 years incarceration. Client is sentenced to one day incarceration followed by supervised release. Intensive work before sentencing. Client takes polygraph test for government. First Client takes private polygraph. Government wants to know if Client is truthful during guilty plea negotiations. Douglas P. Earl, Esquire arranges for therapy and sex offender evaluation with a recognized forensic psychologist.

Douglas P. Earl, Esquire knows drug forfeiture laws. Ask the woman who had $30,000 seized by the Pennsylvania State Police near Penn State. Mr. Earl went to Centre County in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. He fought in court and after a difficult fight the money was ordered to be returned to her. It was not easy. First the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania claimed the seized money by invoking the drug forfeiture laws. Then the state of Pennsylvania claimed that it was justified in seizing and keeping the money based upon the Common Law forfeiture laws. Mr. Earl will go anywhere, Federal Court, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Counties. Anywhere to fight for the return of your property that the police, state troopers, or other law enforcement agencies have seized.

Douglas P. Earl, Esquire represents people with warrants.  He represents people with detainers.  He goes to court to get the detainers lifted so that the client can be released from prison. Mr. Earl represents people accused of Violating Probation or the terms of their Supervised Release.

New Criminal Record Sealing Law.  There is hope even if you have a conviction for a 2nd or 3rd degree misdemeanor.  Act 5 of 2016 is now in effect which expands criminal record sealing for many low-level misdemeanors. Pennsylvanians may be eligible if all the following apply to them:

Convicted of a misdemeanor of the 2nd or 3rd degree;
Free of arrest and conviction for a period of 10 years;
Never convicted of certain crimes (felonies, 1st degree misdemeanors or 2nd degree simple assault);
Have fewer than four misdemeanor convictions; and
All fine and costs associated with the case have been paid.

A criminal record often carries a lifetime of consequences, and even a minor criminal record can be a serious interfere with employment, housing, education and training, financial empowerment, and more.

Get in Touch With Us Any Time

Douglas P. Earl, Esquire is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  A woman in Brooklyn calls Douglas P. Earl, Esquire on a Sunday morning for a federal drug case.  Mr. Earl meets with the client on Sunday afternoon and on Monday morning Mr. Earl speaks with the Homeland Security Agent.   Mr. Earl meets with the agent and the Assistant United States Attorney.  When the pressure is on Mr. Earl is there.

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Phone: (215) 627-5970.  Telephone is answered 24 hours a day.  Available all hours when there is an emergency.