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Centreville, DE
Centreville, DE

5721 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE 19807

Hockessin, DE
Hockessin, DE

724 Yorklyn Rd #100
Hockessin, DE 19707

Kennett Square, PA
Kennett Square, PA

209 East State Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

West Chester, PA
West Chester, PA

17 West Miner Street
West Chester, PA 19382

8:00am - 5:30pm
Opening hours Monday - Friday
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Criminal Defense

Being investigated or prosecuted for a crime is obviously cause for anxiety. It is imperative to have an experienced, proficient, and accessible defense attorney to guide you through this process. Our team of criminal defense attorneys will assess your matter and advise of the most effective way to defend or mitigate it. We will advise you of the realistically obtainable outcomes and also of how to manage or avoid any collateral consequences to the allegations.

Our team has handled diverse criminal matters involving felony and/or misdemeanor offenses in Chester County and surrounding counties as well as the Federal Courts. With well over fifty years of combined experience, our criminal defense attorneys are uniquely qualified and well prepared to assist you with matters including:

  • Traffic Offenses
  • Driving Under the Influence – DUI
  • Theft, Burglary or Trespassing
  • Aggravated and Simple Assault
  • Arson
  • Drug Charges: possession, delivery, conspiracy
  • Sex Crimes: rape, sexual assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors, child pornography
  • RICO
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Retail Theft
  • Murder and Manslaughter
  • State and Federal Grand Jury

We rely upon our particular knowledge and experience to render thorough assessments and prompt advice. We handle our criminal defense cases proactively and, when appropriate, creatively. In defending our clients, we also may utilize a variety of resources, including experienced investigators and reputable forensic witnesses.

At MacElree Harvey, we will guide and assist you throughout the criminal process and we will work hard to achieve the best possible outcome in your case, whether that be a declination of prosecution by the government, acquittal, or other favorable disposition.


  • Acquittal by jury of physician accused of felony offenses of illegally dispensing controlled substances.
  • Acquittal by jury of client accused of homicide.
  • Exoneration of client accused of felony insurance fraud.
  • Acquittal by jury of DUI client.
  • Successful Pre-Trial Motions dismissing prosecution for multiple clients.
  • Favorable sentencing for client accused of million dollar fraud.
  • Alternative sentences (i.e., house arrest or in-patient treatment) in lieu of otherwise mandatory incarceration.

If you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact any one of our criminal defense attorneys:

Peter E. Kratsa – 610.840.0209
Caroline G. Donato – 610.840.0294
William J. Gallagher – 610.840.0223