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Criminal Defense PACDL: Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Gavel and Bill of Rights
Defending your rights in Pennsylvania since 1988


General Links

a collection of links that may be useful for criminal defense attorneys

Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes
Read the text of current state laws for free on the web.

Pennsylvania Direcotry of Psychologists
A directory of Pennsylvania psychologists arranged by town with links to their web pages.

Hieros Gamos
THE comprehensive legal resource site.

A plethora of legal research tools including an A-Z offense specific dictionarye search tool for the criminal defense attorney.

The Jurist
A University of Pittsburgh publication offering legal news, commentary, discussion and resources.

Resources and research tools for current and prospective criminal justice students.

Pa. Continuing Legal Education Board
The links in the menu on the left provide access to information, forms, frequently asked questions about legal education requirements for Pennsylvania lawyers.

National Legal Aid and Defender Association
A resource for those representing equal justice in Pennsylvania.

Pa. Juvenile Defenders
A website dedicated to criminal defense of juveniles, with criminal law updates and links to state and local juvenile defender offices.

American Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


Legal Ethics

to help answer any ethical dilemmas

Pa. Disciplinary Board
a newly enhanced website to better educate the Pennsylvania attorney on the Rules of Professional Conduct.


Litigation Links

to help with litigation preparation

Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure
Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure-the Rules prescribe the procedure to be followed in criminal cases including but not limited to motions filing, statutory definitions, and jurisdictional mandates.

Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing
The guidelines purport to promote sentencing equity and fairness by providing every judge with a common reference point for sentencing similar offenders convicted of similar crimes. Click here for information on the commission, statutory classification of offenses and guideline worksheets so to better inform your client/s of their probable sentence ranges.

Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence
So you know when to object and how to respond to objections. Know your hearsay rules and expceptions!

Expert Witnesses
Expert Witnesses, Consultants and Private Investigators available for Trial.

Megan's Law Crimes
The enactment of Megan's Law and its progeny has created a whole new body of law and precedent in the sex crimes arena; here is a list of new standards.

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
A valuable guide to DOC policy, this site also contains an inmate locator (this tool may help solve the mysterious "no show" conundrum).

Crime Division of the Office of the Attorney General
The Pennsylvania OAG crime web site-so you know where the other side is coming from.

Pennsylvania Police Departments
A link to existing Pennsylvania county police departments with contact and other information. The importance of your relationship with the police cannot be overestimated.

Pennsylvania State Police
Information and Services provided by Pennsylvania's finest.

PATCH (Pennsylvania Access to Criminal Histories)
A fee based criminal records search provided by the Pennsylvania government. An invaluable research tool when investigating the credibility of prosecution witnesses.

Professional Development

find a job, network with other criminal defense lawyers, get ahead in your profession

Legal Employment

Contains a free, searchable database of current openings in criminal law and other fields.

PA Government Employment
Search the database for legal employment in the Pennsylvania government, or like many lawyers, just run for office.

US Department of Justice
Listing of all legal positions in the DOJ.

The Monster Board
Provides links to hundreds of corporate employer profiles and lists many law-related positions.

Legal Forum
Provides links to law firms, government agencies and bar associations nationwide.

The Harvard Public Interest Site
Lists information about public interest opportunities and links to federal and state organizations as well as public interest groups.

Networking Links

Attorney directory from Martindale
Find lawyers and law firms.

Leadership Directories
Information on government agencies and officials, corporations, judges and law firms.
A free professional networking service with enhanced services provided with a fee.

Researching or Locating Potential Employers

Attorney directory from Martindale
Contains law firm profiles and provides links to their web pages.

National Association for Law Placement
NALP contains large firm hiring information as well as market trends and statistics.

More info on law firms, including inside scoop.

Vault Reports
Large law firms and corporate information.

Pennsylvania Law School Career Service Centers

Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law

Dusquesne University School of Law

University of Pennsylvania School of Law

University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Temple University Beasley School of Law

Villanova University School of Law

Widener University School of Law

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