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focused only on
criminal defense

To better serve you, we exclusively handle criminal cases.

personally
available 24/7

Gary provides clients with his mobile phone number and is personally available 24/7.

time is not
on your side

An arrest for a serious criminal offense can result in potentially life-changing penalties.

lean on our
legal experience

Experience matters, we do not employ younger or inexperienced attorneys at our firm.

tough and
effective 

I am a tough negotiator and an effective trial attorney with excellent courtroom skills.

thousands of
satisfied clients

Our history of results makes us the smart choice for your defense.

focused only on
criminal defense

To better serve you, we exclusively handle criminal cases.

personally
available 24/7

Gary provides clients with his mobile phone number and is personally available 24/7.

time is not
on your side

An arrest for a serious criminal offense can result in potentially life-changing penalties.

lean on our
legal experience

Experience matters, we do not employ younger or inexperienced attorneys at our firm.

tough and
effective 

I am a tough negotiator and an effective trial attorney with excellent courtroom skills.

thousands of
satisfied clients

Our history of results makes us the smart choice for your defense.

PITTSBURGH CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY

It is one of the great ironies of American culture that in this “free” country, we have the highest rate of incarcerations in the world. While the United States is home to only five percent of the world’s population, we hold 25 percent of the global prison population . . . which begs the question, what do we mean by a free country?

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Locking people up for a wide range of crimes is a feature of American society, but if you’ve been accused of a crime, the outcome will often hinge on the quality of legal representation you have. The United States Constitution contains provisions designed to protect the accused in various ways. On paper, our justice system looks good, and yet our government strips away the freedom of so many. While we do have constitutional rights, they are of little use unless we fully avail ourselves of those rights. This begins with asserting your right to counsel immediately if you have been questioned, arrested, or detained by law enforcement. Call an experienced Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney at the first hint that you are being accused of a crime, even if charges have not yet been filed.

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In Pittsburgh and throughout Western Pennsylvania, you can find the experienced representation that will protect your freedom, finances, and future by calling the law offices of attorney Gary Gerson. With more than 25 years of criminal defense experience, Gary knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system—both at the state and federal level ̶ and he is deeply and passionately committed to ensuring that every one of his clients who has been accused of a crime receives the full protection afforded by the U.S. Constitution. He has a long record of having charges dropped or reduced and of obtaining acquittals at trial. In some cases, if you get him involved at the very earliest stages, he may even be able to prevent having charges filed at all.

If You Qualify for a Public Defender . . . Think Twice

Your constitutional right to counsel can be fulfilled by assigning you a public defender. But even if finances are an issue, accepting the services of a PD may not be your best choice. Certainly many of the attorneys working in the Public Defender’s office are smart and committed to justice. But they are also over-worked, often carrying hundreds of cases at a time, making it virtually impossible for them to give any one case the amount of attention that every criminal case deserves. They do their best, but with that kind of a caseload, they need to dispose of as many cases as possible, in the least possible amount of time. If your freedom and reputation are important to you, you need more—you need a Pittsburgh criminal attorney who is dedicated to and focused on your needs, and who has the time to ensure that your rights are fully protected and to raise an aggressive defense in your behalf.

While you may be concerned about the cost of hiring a private defense lawyer, doing so may turn out to be financially advantageous. You can’t work for a living if you end up in jail, and on top of jail time, many criminal sentences contain high fines. Compared to the potential costs of a conviction, the cost of having the right lawyer is usually extremely small and well worth the expense.

Even if you think you can’t afford a private attorney, give Gary Gerson a call. Payment plans are available. Having the right lawyer working for you, depending on the circumstances of your case, can make the difference between suffering from incarceration, fines, disenfranchisement, and loss of your reputation and being able to return to your home, your job, and your community relatively unscathed.

Gary Gerson saved me! I had only ever gotten one speeding ticket in my life when I was facing serious criminal charges. I had no idea what to do, so I researched attorneys on-line and decided to interview several. Gary was by far the most knowledgeable, compassionate and professional attorney that I spoke to. He made no promises as to the outcome of my case, but he assured me that he could help. He certainly went above and beyond and got all charges dismissed!

susan k.

Gary Gerson saved me! I had only ever gotten one speeding ticket in my life when I was facing serious criminal charges. I had no idea what to do, so I researched attorneys on-line and decided to interview several. Gary was by far the most knowledgeable, compassionate and professional attorney that I spoke to. He made no promises as to the outcome of my case, but he assured me that he could help. He certainly went above and beyond and got all charges dismissed!

mary T.

Our family is very grateful for the hard work and legal expertise that Gary put forth in helping our son in the defense of very serious criminal charges. With a child’s future at stake, we were scared to death of the possible outcomes of our case. The amount of time and effort he spent on the case made a clear difference. Our son now has a future thanks to Gary.

Brian

Case
Results

Criminal defense is a difficult field of law to present one's accolades and success stories in a way that people find compelling. However, Attorney Gary E. Gerson has managed to do just that in his more than 25 years of experience as a Pittsburgh-area defense lawyer.

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CHARGE

Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

RESULTS

Case dismissed through suppression of evidence.

CHARGE

Indecent Exposure, Aggravated Assault, Open Lewdness, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct.

RESULTS

Charges reduced to Disorderly Conduct.

CHARGE

Multiple Burglaries, Receiving
Stolen Property.

RESULTS

Negotiated Plea Involving Probation.

CHARGE

Aggravated Indecent Assault and Indecent Assault.

RESULTS

Acquittal after non-jury trial

CHARGE

Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

RESULTS

Case dismissed through suppression of evidence.

CHARGE

Indecent Exposure, Aggravated Assault, Open Lewdness, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct.

RESULTS

Charges reduced to Disorderly Conduct.

CHARGE

Multiple Burglaries, Receiving
Stolen Property.

RESULTS

Negotiated Plea Involving Probation.

CHARGE

Aggravated Indecent Assault and Indecent Assault.

RESULTS

Acquittal after non-jury trial

At the Law Offices of Gary E. Gerson, you receive the benefits of Attorney Gerson's quarter-century-plus of criminal trial experience, gift for creative strategies, dedication to your interests and attentive personal service throughout the legal process.

Always a free initial consultation.

When Plea Bargaining Does Not Serve Justice

The majority of criminal cases are resolved through plea bargaining in which the accused agrees to plead guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for a reduced sentence. If the prosecutor has incontrovertible evidence against you, a smart defense lawyer can use the plea bargaining system to your advantage. But what about the many cases in which the evidence is not all that conclusive? And more importantly, what if you are entirely innocent? In either of these cases, the prosecutor will be more than likely to offer a plea deal. If you have a public defender, chances are very high that you will be pressured into accepting. But if you want to clear your name and avoid a conviction, you have the constitutional right to a trial.

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If you go to trial, you want to know that your criminal attorney has the courtroom experience and skill to present your case in the best possible light and to create a reasonable doubt in the mind of at least one of the jurors. “Beyond a reasonable doubt” is a high standard of proof, and a good trial lawyer will know how to raise that doubt.

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With 25-plus years as a criminal defense trial lawyer, Gary Gerson has what it takes to provide you with a well-presented and effective defense that will give you the best odds at an acquittal, considering the facts of the case and the available evidence.

You Are Innocent until Proven Guilty in a Court of Law

All too often, a person accused of a criminal act assumes that the situation is hopeless and that the power of the government will ensure a conviction. But this is not necessarily the case. You have rights, and with attorney Gary Gerson, you will have an advocate who will ensure that you receive all the benefits the Constitution offers, in the most effective way possible, for the most favorable results, given the circumstances of your case. Don’t give up without a fight. Assert your constitutional right to remain silent and make the call that can make the difference in your case’s outcome. Get the aggressive representation that will offer the best protection of your future by calling Gary Gerson today. The Gerson Law Office is located in Pittsburgh and serves all of Western Pennsylvania.

"Our criminal justice system is the best in the history of the world, but it is not perfect."

In my experience, it is not unusual for criminal prosecutions to rely on faulty investigations, unconstitutional police conduct, or false accusation by purported victims. The presumption of innocence, and the prosecution having the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable double are not legal fictions. They must be vigorously enforced. Forget them and you forget the foundation upon which our free society lives.

Attorney Gary E. Gerson