Criminal Defense & DUI

Criminal Defense Lawyers in Bloomsburg

Being charged with a crime is a frightening situation. Your freedom and your future are at stake, and you don't know what will happen. At the law firm of Hummel, Lewis & Smith, a former police officer who understands the criminal justice system will represent your interests and guide you through the process.

Our attorneys are skilled in the courtroom and have successfully defended various charges, including sexual assault, assault and reckless endangerment. Though past success does not guarantee a future outcome, we will leverage every resource and pursue a favorable outcome for your situation.

Contact us immediately at 570.245.6720 or 877.829.8987. Our Bloomsburg criminal defense attorneys practice in criminal courts of Columbia County, Montour County and surrounding jurisdictions of northeast and north-central Pennsylvania.

We have helped many college students enrolled at Bloomsburg University and Bucknell University minimize the consequences that a conviction for drug or alcohol offenses, assaults, shoplifting and more serious crimes can have on their lives. Contact us to discuss programs that might preserve your driving privileges and keep a regrettable incident off your criminal record and its potential impact upon your post-graduate employment.

A Former Cop on Your Side

Our criminal defense practice is led by attorney Barry Lewis, who served 10 years as a police officer before practicing law. He has extensive training in alcohol- and drug-related crimes and criminal investigations. He knows many of the arresting officers, and he knows whether they have a reputation of going by the book or doing sloppy police work. He knows most of the county prosecutors and where they have drawn the line in past plea negotiations. Mr. Lewis knows the tendencies of the judges who will hear your case — what evidence they have admitted, how they have ruled on motions, and the sentencing of people convicted of similar crimes.

Mr. Lewis' familiarity with the other side does not translate into special treatment, but it does give him insight into the process. He knows how the police and prosecutors have performed in the past, what evidence to attack, and what could happen at trial.

Criminal Defense for all Charges:

  • DUI/DWI — Whether you are charged with your first DUI or as a repeat offender, Mr. Lewis explores all possible defenses to avoid jail, license suspension and the other consequences you face upon conviction. He examines the probable cause for the traffic stop and the breath test results to try to get charges dropped or reduced.
  • Underage drinking or furnishing alcohol to minors — We represent minors and college students who are facing all types of alcohol-related charges, including underage drinking or DUI and charges for possession of a fake ID.
  • Drug crimes — We have defended clients charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and felony possession of heroin, cocaine or prescription narcotics, as well as possession with intent to sell large and small quantities of drugs. Mr. Lewis will challenge the legality of the search, credibility of informants and circumstantial evidence linking you to the drugs. The severity of the consequences you face will depend on the type and amount of drug involved in your case.
  • Theft and burglary — Our attorneys have handled a wide range of theft crimes from simple shoplifting to complex robberies and fraud schemes.
  • Violent crimes — We defend clients charged with violent crimes such as assault, battery and domestic violence.
  • Computer crimes — From identity theft and phishing scams to child pornography and online solicitation, we have the knowledge and resources to defend you from charges involving computer and Internet crimes.
  • Fraud and white collar crimes — White collar crime is a broad term that encompasses a wide range of crimes involving fraud in the workplace, including embezzlement, mortgage fraud, bank fraud and other charges.
  • Sex offenses — With the majority of sex offenses, from rape to child molestation, you can face serious penalties and registration as a sex offender if you are convicted. We can provide you with a defense from these charges.
  • Parole and probation violations — If you are facing charges for a violation of parole or probation, we can assist you in turning yourself in to the police and defend you from criminal charges for your violation.
  • Traffic violations and license issues — We can help you with the DMV if your license has been suspended and defend you from all types of traffic violations, from reckless driving to speeding tickets.

Diversion Programs

We can often help eligible first-time offenders for DUI, drug or alcohol sales and other non-violent crimes get an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) in lieu of jail time and other penalties. After a probationary period, the charges can be expunged from your record. We can also obtain a dismissal of underage drinking charges through the Youthful Offenders Program.

Contact our criminal defense attorneys at 570.245.6720 or 877.829.8987, or e-mail us immediately.