Pennsylvania public school employees face a range of possible negative outcomes if accused of a criminal offense – a number of which have a direct impact on their ability to work within the school system. This is true even if they were charged prior to entering the profession. For this reason, selecting the right criminal defense attorney is critical.
The attorneys at Neff & Sedacca have more than 30 years of criminal defense expertise and more than 25 years working with Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). Led by senior partner Marc Neff, the team understands not only the criminal justice laws but the professional implications of related pleas and convictions.
Making the right choice
- Three decades of experience defending criminal cases
- Extensive knowledge of the Public School Code and related licensing requirements
- Thorough understanding of the disclosure and reporting requirements
- Well-versed in the lifetime and tiered employment ban consequences
- Effective communication with other counsel
- Firm understanding of the employee’s priorities
- Pennsylvania State Education Association approved criminal defense firm
- Experience in CYS litigation and BHA appeals
As part of guiding clients through the regulatory disclosures and criminal legal processes, the firm works with any and all other counsel who may be providing representation in the employment and licensure proceedings. This includes keeping all lines of communication open so that decisions can be made jointly and timely since criminal proceedings and the administrative/disciplinary matters can impact one another.
This same communication helps keep priorities in order. More often than not, the criminal case will be the most pressing and also will move more quickly. Therefore the criminal defense team tends to lead the way when such matters are in play. As a PSEA approved criminal defense firm for Criminal and ChildLine (CYS) cases, Neff & Sedacca works closely with the union and its leadership.
The firm provides an initial consultation at no cost to a public school employee facing criminal charges. Upon reviewing the claims against the accused and the case details, the team offers recommendations suitable to each set of unique circumstances.
While the implications of criminal accusations are ominous, many of these cases are ultimately never charged by law enforcement. There is a tendency towards over-reporting due to the sensitive nature of working in direct contact with children. For this reason and others, addressing the matter as expeditiously as possible can help resolve the issue without going into a courtroom.
If you believe that you are under investigation, have been subpoenaed before a grand jury or arrested and charged with a crime, contact Neff & Sedacca, PC for a confidential consultation by phone at (215) 563-9800 or email at info@NeffSedacca.com.