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Criminal Defense

When you select a criminal defense law firm, you will want a law firm with experienced criminal defense attorneys, who are straightforward, honest, work hard, communicate with you and are responsive to your needs, and a law firm well-respected throughout the Pennsylvania legal community.


When you select a criminal defense law firm, you want a law firm with experienced criminal defense attorneys who are straightforward, honest, hardworking, communicative, responsive to your needs, and well-respected throughout the Pennsylvania legal community.

The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania office of Tucker Arensberg was formed with a strong presence in the local community to provide criminal defense along with doing work for businesses, insurance companies, and handling personal injuries. In the criminal defense area, in particular, we started with a white-collar practice in 2017 with the hiring of Jerry Russo. In 2020, we invested more in the area of general criminal defense by hiring two seasoned and well-respected attorneys, Brian Perry and Casey Shore. In 2023, we expanded into western Pennsylvania with Steve Colafella and Bart Wischnowski. Today, we have a full team of criminal defense attorneys, and these attorneys have enabled us to create the most thorough and sophisticated criminal defense practice in the state of Pennsylvania.

Tucker Arensberg is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL).

PACDL - Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Criminal Defense Representative Experience:

  • Represented a national celebrity accused of sexual misconduct, on appeal.
  • Was counsel in United States v. Baskerville, holding that Pennsylvania’s definition of cocaine sweeps broader than federal definition for purposes of Armed Career Criminal Act and U.S.S.G. 4B1.2.
  • Obtained reversal on post-sentence motions of client’s designation as a “Sexually Violent Predator”.
  • Represented a former Penn State University athletic director charged with perjury-related offenses.
  • Represented a former Hummelstown Police Officer acquitted of criminal homicide.
  • Represented a former Middletown chief of police charged with sex offenses.
  • Represented multiple former Pennsylvania state senators and representatives charged with sexual and other misconduct.
  • Represented multiple Magisterial District Judges charged with criminal misconduct and other disciplinary issues.
  • Represented the PA Fraternal Order of Police in the Legal Defense Fund.
  • Argued appellate cases before the Pennsylvania Superior and Supreme Courts, the Federal 3rd Circuit of Appeal, and Pennsylvania Board of Pardons.
  • Represented police officers, prison guards, politicians, city officials, doctors, nurses, teachers, school administrators, and other attorneys.
  • Represented a Pennsylvania resident federally charged in the national iCloud celebrity hacking scandal.
  • Represented, on appeal, a public figure accused of sex crimes and helped to secure the reversal of the conviction and the dismissal of the charges.
  • Secured the pretrial dismissal of allegations of sexual misconduct based on due process principles.
  • Secured the dismissal of all criminal charges against a fraternity’s housing corporation stemming from a the unfortunate death of a pledge during bid acceptance night.
  • Successfully argued a motion to dismiss all felony tax charges against a defendant based upon an improper indictment by the grand jury.  See United States v. Masciantonio, 3:17-cr-00015 (W.D. PA).

For more information on our White-Collar Criminal Defense capabilities, visit our Criminal Defense Website.

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