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Criminal Defense Lawyers in Erie, Pennsylvania

Experienced Erie, PA Criminal Defense Attorneys Will Help You Avoid Prison and Fines

Charged with a crime, or about to be charged with a crime, in Pennsylvania? Don’t know what to expect? Scared about the possibility that you will go to prison? Worried about losing your job? You used to take your freedom for granted. Now, it’s all you can think about. At the Erie law firm of Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., we defend freedom, one person at a time, one case at a time.

The PA Criminal Cases We Defend & The People We Help

We defend freedom and pursue justice for people facing a variety of criminal charges, including:

  • DUI – We understand what’s at stake for you and your family. You may fear the loss of your job, your driver’s license, and your freedom. Additionally, we understand that you might feel embarrassment. That’s why we will work with you to make this the last DUI you ever face.
  • Theft Offenses – Don’t let a moment of poor judgement or a case of mistaken identity result in a conviction that derails your educational or career plans. Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. will defend you against allegations of burglary, robbery, forgery, theft, or receiving stolen property.
  • Sex Crimes – The mere allegation of a sex offense can ruin your reputation, while a conviction could have sweeping consequences for the rest of your life. We fight to protect you from false or exaggerated accusations. We have successfully defended charges of rape, IDSI, sexual assault, indecent assault, and corruption of minors.
  • Violent Crimes – Homicide, manslaughter, aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment, robbery, trespassing, and other violent crimes are serious offenses in Pennsylvania. We will protect your rights and your freedom — and we will work to get the best results possible for you.
  • Drug Offenses – Possession of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and other controlled substances, or possessing any of these drugs with the intent to deliver, can cost you your freedom, harm your reputation, and result in collateral consequences like driver’s license suspension, ineligibility for federal student loans, and prohibitions against voting or owning firearms.

To learn more about criminal charges in Pennsylvania, view our Criminal Defense FAQ page.

What Our Clients Say About Us

The first step on your road to justice is choosing the right lawyer. This can be difficult in a time of so much meaningless lawyer advertising. Learning about the experiences of others can help you make that decision. It may not be the only factor, but it is certainly a good place to start. Here are some examples of what our clients have had to say about us:

  • “I had the unfortunate need for an attorney. The task was daunting at best. But Tim made the the whole ordeal much more manageable and I am truly thankful to have worked with him. The staff there is great as well. Very professional and courteous and private. If I ever need an attorney again I will call Tim and his firm.” – Janet, November 4, 2016
  • “It is my sincere hope to never have to [be involved with] the criminal justice system again, but if I did, my only call would be to Tim George.” – Anita, December 2015
  • “Tim was informative, responsive, and compassionate. He also understood the sensitive nature of my case. I am thankful that I had him on my side!” – Matt, July 2013

Our Criminal Defense Case Results in Pennsylvania

No one can promise results. Every case unfolds based on its own unique facts. In fact, it is unethical for lawyers to guarantee a particular outcome. However, knowing what other cases a lawyer has handled – and handled well – is another big factor for you to consider when choosing the right lawyer for you and your case. View our criminal case results to learn about the criminal cases previously defended by Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. and to help you decide whether we are the right Erie, PA criminal defense attorneys for you.

Why Hire Us as Your Criminal Defense Lawyers in Erie, PA?

The lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. enjoy favorable ratings by other lawyers and organizations that evaluate lawyers and law firms:

  • Listed as Pennsylvania Super Lawyer – Criminal Defense in 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019, as compiled by an independent service using a patented selection process designed to identify outstanding lawyers in particular practice areas.
  • Rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell for highest ethics and legal ability, based upon reviews by judges and other lawyers.
  • Rated 10.0-Superb by Avvo.com, based upon our experience and endorsements by other lawyers.
  • Awarded Client’s Choice Award for Criminal Defense by Avvo.com, based upon the number of favorable reviews by other lawyers and clients.
  • Awarded Client’s Choice Award for DUI Defense by Avvo.com, based upon the number of favorable reviews by other lawyers and clients.
  • Named Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers.
  • Named Member of National College for DUI Defense.
  • Named Member of American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys.

Let’s Get Started – Call Us Today to Start Your Defense Against Erie Criminal Charges

Contact us today to get started. Call (814) 580-5017, complete our quick contact form, or use the “live chat” service. We are available 24/7 to answer your questions about criminal charges and defending your rights.

Criminal Defense Case Results

Charges Dropped

Aggravated Assault

An Erie man faced a maximum sentence of 27 years in prison after he stabbed another man with a butcher knife in an altercation. The wounds required the man to be admitted to a local hospital.


Criminal Mischief

A man claimed that a woman kicked his car repeatedly, resulting in damage. It was successfully argued that the evidence presented at the hearing was not sufficient to hold the case for trial.

Charges Dropped

DUI, Lane violation & Careless driving

Late at night, a driver turned right at a stop light and crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic. His BAC was over the legal limit. He was charged with DUI, a lane violation and careless driving.

Not Guilty

Sex Offense

An instructor at a local high school was accused by a student of indecent assault on the last day of school. After four days of trial, the jury acquitted the instructor of all charges.

Criminal Defense Client Reviews

  • "I contacted Tim during a difficult time in my life. I was pulled over and charged with a DUI (thankfully no collisions, property damage or the like). I started researching lawyers in the area, and it became clear that there was a gold standard: Purchase Murphey and George. Tim personally consulted with me over the phone, sending my comprehensive packages of material to read up on what exactly I was being charged with, and what my options were. I live outside of Pennsylvania, but Tim and his office acted as an essential liaison between the police/court system and myself. We didn't miss a beat, and the process moved smoothly."

  • "I chose Atty. George based on his stellar reputation and record in helping with criminal defense. My situation was handled just as I had hoped. Tim was very responsive to my needs, was very clear with my options and very specific about what would happen next. Tim and his staff were very very responsive and that is something you do not see these days. They took every question I raised and answered them quickly and thoroughly and I was never once wondering when I would hear back from either Atty. George or his staff. I would highly recommend Atty. Tim George and I would definitely use his services again in the future."

  • "I hired Tim as my attorney to get my criminal record expunged of two charges (harassment and assault) from 2007. He did a great job explaining the process and what was required of me. His support staff was also extremely helpful and responded to all my concerns promptly. I was so happy and relieved when I found out my petition was granted! Tim did an excellent job and I would recommend his services to anyone in a similar situation."

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Mr. George and his entire office staff were very kind and helping me through my first ever experience with the law. He was able to get me exactly what he said he would in the outcome of my trial. The entire staff was very informative and kept me up to date on everything. Very pleased with my experience and would most definately recommend him to others.

Allison, July 8, 2017