Self-Defense and Deadly Force

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All Pennsylvanians have a right to protect themselves. The law does not require a person to let another harm them, or God forbid, kill them.

In these situations, the law provides us with a justification. There are many attorneys who are excellent at convincing a jury that their client “didn’t do it.” But self-defense cases require a special kind of attorney. You need an attorney to explain that their client did it but it is OK. In fact, not only is it OK but the law recognizes your right to do what you did.

Attorney Richard Roberts has been a featured lecturer to attorneys, law enforcement, and interested citizens at seminars throughout Pennsylvania regarding the laws of firearms, the use of deadly force, defense of property, castle doctrine, stand your ground, just to name a few. Richard is one of those attorneys.

Remember if you use force, or deadly force to protect yourself or a loved one, you can still be charged. Self-Defense is a defense at trial not a preclusion from being charged in the first place.  Detroit Attorney Terry L. Johnson once said it best: “I always ask people: If you had to shoot someone in your home at 2 in the morning, do you think the police are going to say, ‘great job, you got the bad guy’? A lot of people actually think that, but that’s not how it works.”

If you are forced to use force or deadly force to defend yourself it is vital to invoke your right to silence and your right to an attorney. Do not make any statements under the stress of the circumstances after a self-defense incident.

There are tremendous amounts of physiological effects after a self-defense incident, including:

  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Increased Blood Pressure
  • Loss of Fine Motor Skills
  • Changes in Respiratory Rate
  • “Tunnel Vision”
  • Effects on Depth Perception
  • Confusion/Temporary Inability to Recall Details About the Incident

These effects lead to too many people giving inaccurate statements after self-defense incidents. And because of these statements many of these same people ultimately forfeit their legal justification.

Don’t be that person. Remain silent call us right away so we can protect your rights and your freedom.

Contact us here or call 610-432-1900. 

Took care of charges

“Rich worked efficiently to get my case taken care of & closed out.  A down-to-earth attorney.

Randy

Hiring this attorney proved to make all the difference

After a terrible experience w/ the first attorney, hiring this attorney proved to make all the difference in my case. Don’t make the same mistake. You can’t afford to not have Richard Roberts as your attorney right from the very beginning. No matter what your legal situation is, feel confident his honestly, zealous dedication and extensive knowledge of the law will be there when you need it most. Like myself, I never thought I would need to hire an attorney. The “it won’t happen to me,” happens! There’s no need to shop around when the best is right here to hire. You will be very satisfied and grateful.

anonymous

During a time of vulnerability... Mr. Roberts is the best attorney you could ask for

Before hiring Mr. Roberts my family was being drug through the mud with child protective services. After hiring Mr Roberts we are now able to stand and pull back. If you need an attorney that isnt afraid to stand and fight for you and your family especially during a time of vulnerability to child protective services i can honestly say Mr. Roberts is the best attorney you could ask for. If i could go back and change one thing, i would have hired him on day ONE. Be informed and know your rights. Do not try to fight them alone.

Jonathan F.

Amazing Attorney

“Richard always stayed in communication with me in regards to the case as soon as I hired him he was swiftly able to get a not guilty for both of my charges and I just appreciate the swiftness and attention to detail of my case that he used”

anonymous

Won my case!

“’I’m so happy! Rich was so dedicated to my case and my family! He is very smart and Knowledgeable. His kindness and patience is admirable. We were comforted by his extraordinary skills he has in Law. He always made himself available to us for advice or any support we needed. The icing on the cake was….He won our case! Now we rehired him for another case! He has our trust, respect, and appreciation forever! Thanks so much Richard and The Zator Law Family!”

A.F.

Great Job!

“Attorney Roberts defended me at my preliminary hearing for a DUI/DWI and did a great job! The questions he asked were thorough and required detailed answers. He did not just sit there and accept what the prosecution was saying. I feel as though he did a great job in defending me.”

anonymous

Best Outcome for me

“My experience with Richard Sherwood Roberts Jr. I would say was very easy going as well as communication and It was clear he was focused on having the best outcome for me.”

anonymous

“Attorney Roberts is outstanding. He got me out of a very sticky situation regarding an ARD violation in regards to a DUI. Due to Attorney Roberts legal acumen, I was given a successful discharge and have no record of every having committed a crime.”

Andrew

Helped me get my life back!

“Richard Roberts helped me get my life back. I was facing a very serious Felony charge. It was a terrible mistake and really just an unfortunate incident. Richard Roberts worked very hard so that I would ultimately have no permanent criminal record. I was in jeopardy of losing my career, my home, everything I had worked a lifetime to achieve. I will never be able to thank Attorney Roberts enough for helping through the most difficult time of my life. If you are in need of a hard working criminal defense attorney I would highly recommend Richard Roberts.”

anonymous

CDL Driver

“I am STILL a CDL licensed driver thanks in large part to attorney Roberts. I was involved in a DUI related matter where I would have lost my career and lively hood. However, I chose atty. Roberts to represent my case which he fought long and hard for. He listened to me about my personal life and how this could affect my children as well as an extensive unfavorable criminal past. Although he made no promises as to the eventual outcome he promised to fight hard and allowed me to weigh in on my options. I walked out that courtroom with results better than we both expected.  I am forever grateful for your sincerity, professionalism and sense of humor during a stressful time in my life. ”

Still a CDL Driver

Good Lawyer

“Happy with the results of my case. He stayed in contact with me and broke everything down to me on level I could understand”

Damien

Looking for An Awesome Attorney to Represent You? Attorney Richard Sherwood Roberts Jr. is who you want.

“Attorney Roberts is a very caring, knowledgeable and professional lawyer. He has shown me he does not mind going above and beyond to make sure i stay a free man. He was the only attorney that showed me he had faith in me winning my case. Attorney Roberts was always up front and explained everything in detail to me. I am so thankful that God placed such an amazing attorney in my path. I would highly recommend Attorney Roberts for any legal needs like Criminal defense, DUI and DWI, Appeals, Domestics you may have coming up. Thank you Attorney Roberts! ”

Albert

A Lawyer who will never stop fighting

“I hired Richard when I was charged with 7 serious felony charges. From day one he worked harder than any other lawyer I’ve seen. He fought everything and everyone, judges, DAs, everyone. I was always taught the measure of a man isn’t whether or not he gets knocked down but what does he do when he gets back up.  There were set backs and losses… however, Richard never ever stopped fighting.  In the end the DA finally realized they couldn’t win and Richard wouldn’t stop. They dropped the case. They dropped every single felony. It was one of the happiest days of my life, and I will be forever grateful and thankful to Richard and everything he did for me.  Richard was an amazing lawyer. He kept me informed what was going on and talked to me about the law. I wouldn’t be home with my family today without his efforts. If you need a lawyer whether your case is serious or simple hire Richard, he will not let you down.”

King

Not Guilty

“I was totally amazed at how quickly and smartly Richard fond that there was no evidence on the behalf of the trooper. I was totally one hundred percent happy with his performance and the job he did for me.”

James

DA Drops Case

“Mr Roberts defended Mr. Culver to the up most of his ability. We thank him for following through this case from beginning to end. Thank you for helping get our lives back. Thank you for fighting!”

Tilanda

Top Attorney

“My son was arrested and charged with DUI … a devastating experience. There is the cost of the fines and loss of your driver’s license. There is the chance of losing your job and having to pay exorbitant insurance costs. this is not an experience that you should go through without experienced and highly qualified legal advice. Through out the whole experience Rich made me and my family feel that they cared about us and our plight.  I would rate Rich outstanding in every aspect of the case. From his strategy to present the case, his tremendous skill to cross examine the witnesses for the Commonwealth, and his excellent oratory skills during closing arguments. His strategy, cross examination and oratory skills got my son a complete not guilty in fifteen minutes! I will recommend friends and family who may need excellent legal representation to hire Rich. Outstanding Rich!”

John

Not Guilty!!

“I am very happy with Richard Roberts. He did a great job during my trial and got me a complete not guilty verdict. He saved my life and job. I will definitely use him in the future and recommend him highly to anyone looking for an unbelievable defense attorney.”

Sean

Thank you Attorney Roberts!

“After our consultation, he gave me worst case scenario. Never did he tell me everything is going to be ok. I appreciated his comments. During our first hearing he questioned the arresting officer. What we came to find out is that everything the officer charged me with was all wrong. There wasn’t one thing the arresting officer did correctly. Attorney Roberts brought this to the attention of the DA. The DA even questioned the officer if he knows how to read blood results from a lab. Even with all this good news coming my way, Attorney Roberts still didn’t give me a promise of a better tomorrow. We went before the judge and had my case continued so the cop may have the chance to amend his charges. We packed up our things started to leave and the other defendants began asking for his card. They saw how good he was with my case and wanted the same representation for themselves. In the end the charges were thrown out. I am very grateful I had Attorney Roberts representing me. Thanks Again!!”

Tim

Very Professional and Driven.

“Very professional and helpful with my case. He exceeded my expectations on how dedicated he was in my case. I know I made the right choice and I would recommend him to everyone.”

Christian

Best Lawyer

“Yesterday Richard Roberts was amazing he help me get a DUI drop and help me prove that the State trooper VIOLATED my civil rights.  I truly would recommend him to anybody thanks Richard Roberts for everything”

Alfonso

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