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Being charged with a crime is an incredibly stressful and scary experience.   A conviction for any criminal offense in Pennsylvania can lead to jail, probation, fines and court costs.  Police officers and detectives are well trained and professional but it is not their job to look out for your best interest if you are a target of their investigation.  If you have been charged with a crime or believe that the police are investigating you, it is important to have someone to fight for you and protect your rights. A good attorney can make all the difference in the world. 

At The Cody Law Firm we are committed to being the premiere criminal defense firm in Lancaster County. Our attorneys have over 60 years of legal experience in handling all varieties of criminal cases.  All of our attorneys are accomplished trial attorneys, litigating a combined hundreds of jury trials and thousands of preliminary hearings and pretrial motions.  Each of our attorneys has litigated cases involving Homicide, Robbery, Burglary, Assault, Drugs, Theft, DUI, and many more.  With our years of experience, it is very likely that our attorney has handled a case similar to yours.  Additionally, every case we handle is reviewed by our team of criminal defense attorneys. This gives each of our clients the benefit of our combined experience and expertise.

If you have been charged with a crime, call us right away.  Choosing the wrong lawyer can be as damaging as not having one.  Call us for a free consultation and let us tell you how we can help.    


A record of arrest or conviction for a criminal offense can have serious consequences and can significantly limit opportunities in employment and education.  The court records of these incidents do not go away on their own.  They remain with you permanently and are public record available to anyone.  Even arrests or criminal charges that result in a not guilty verdict or a dismissal remain on your record. Additionally, completion of the ARD program does not automatically erase the record of arrest or charges.

Fortunately, in some cases you may be able to petition the court to expunge your record.  If successful, the Court will direct that all federal and state agencies that maintain criminal records to destroy the records of your arrest and conviction.

Our firm has successfully petitioned for thousands of expungements for our clients.  We have a thorough understanding of the expungement statutes and will be able to tell you as whether an expungement petition would be successful.  If an old arrest or conviction is limiting your opportunities, or if you just want the peace of mind of having a clean record, please call us for a free consultation.


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