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Craig Ernest Kauzlarich

Criminal defense Attorney at Carlisle, PA

5.0   23 reviews

also known as Craig E. Kauzlarich, Craig Kauzlarich

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  • Licensed for 15 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2008
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AGGRESSIVE ADVOCACY YOU CAN TRUST. FIGHTING TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS AND YOUR FUTURE.

Craig E. Kauzlarich is an associate attorney with Abom & Kutulakis. Craig focuses on the areas of criminal defense and appellate practice. Craig is a graduate of The Penn State Dickinson School of Law. During law school, Craig gained experience in federal criminal law while serving as a law clerk for the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. Craig also worked on professional discipline cases for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of the Chief Counsel. Following graduation, Craig was admitted to the Bar of Pennsylvania. Craig served as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Linda K.M. Ludgate, Head Judge of the Criminal Court Division of Berks County, Pennsylvania, where he gained valuable expertise in pre-trial practice, trial advocacy and appellate procedure. Craig worked on a full range of criminal cases, including charges of homicide, sex crimes, aggravated assault and drug possession and distribution. Craig also completed extensive research in laws governing suppression of evidence, sentencing and pre-trial diversionary programs, such as Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) and Intermediate Punishment. In addition, he managed a full docket of cases where defendants sought post-conviction relief. Craig is also attorney advisor to the Cumberland Valley High School mock Trial team.

Awards

Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
2016

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Location

Abom & Kutulakis, Attorneys At Law
Abom & Kutulakis, L.L.C.
183 Lincoln Way East
Chambersburg, PA, 17201
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Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
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Posted by Beverly | May 23, 2023
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Outstanding Defense Attorney
Almost 2 years ago, my son found himself in a situation where he was about to be charged with a serious crime that he did not compete. My family & I decided to hire him an attorney. We meet with Mr Kaurlarich & decided to hire him. In the 2 years he fought for evidence to help prove my son’s innocence. He has a calm demeanor but during cross examinations & closing argument that was what was needed. I am happy to say today my son got his life back with a Not Guilty verdict & I do not think that would have happened if we had not hired Mr Kaurlarich. My family & I will always be grateful. I highly recommend anyone looking for a defense attorney to hire Mr Kaurlarich.
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Posted by matthew | May 8, 2023
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All charges with felony charge included dismissed
Attorney Kauzlarich defended my son from multiple charges including a felony robbery charge alleged when my son was provoked with racial slurs and threw another young mans cellphone. He was knowledgeable thorough with a plan on attacking the charges on specific grounds.
Posted by Janet | February 21, 2023
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Great attorney
Craig was very reassuring, articulate, knowable and effective. We were very pleased with his professionalism and confidence. Craig made this process so much easier with his speedy responses and availability. We would definitely recommend him!
Posted by Michael | January 17, 2023
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first class
Craig kuzlarich did a great job exonerating me from my case. He did a great job and I recommend him to anyone who is wrongfully accused of a crime.
Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2022
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Nurse in need
No one ever wants to “need” an attorney. However, that’s exactly where I found myself about 2 years ago. I am an RN and got into a bit of trouble. Mr Kauzlarich listened to my issued and immediately began assisting me to “right the wrong”. He represented me well to the legal powers that be. I had never been through the legal system before and didn’t know what to expect. Mr. Kauzlarich explained things to me and made the whole process so much easier. Everything he said he would do, he did. All phone calls or emails were answered quickly. It’s been only 2 years since my issues started and today all of the problems have been resolved. Thank goodness I chose Mr. Kauzlarich to represent me. If I ever need legal services again I know who to call.
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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2022
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A High-Performing Attorney
Mr Kauzlarich does not speculate and is forthright about the positives and negatives. As far as attorneys go (I have hired 6 over the years), he is the most professional. He replied in a timely manner every single time to my inquiries. This alone makes Mr Kauzlarich an exceptional counselor. He presented me all the options and then let me decide which path I would choose. In the end, we had chosen a strategy that resulted in my charges being dropped. No client can expect any more than that. So, in short, Mr Kauzlarich = 5A1.
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Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2022
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Extremely Professional, Knowledgeable and Responsive
Craig helped me and my family through an extremely stressful and difficult legal issue. He met with us personally at the outset of the case, gave us great advice, and responded to all of our questions within 24 hours. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
Posted by Nagy | June 21, 2021
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The best lawer in PA
Mr. Kauzlarich is a very good lawyer and he is really the best lawyer I have ever dealt with and besides he is a professional he is a polite and classy person...He fully understood my position and supported me in the Federal Court He enjoys the respect of the court and judges I really can't do enough thanks and gratitude for what he did for me ...If you are looking for an excellent lawyer, it is Mr. Kauzlarich
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Posted by Michael | January 28, 2020
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The Perfect Referral
I was in need of legal of representation for an out of state matter & referred to Mr. Craig Kauzlarich by my personal attorney. Mr Kauzlarich was a pleasure to do business with. I could not be more pleased w/ his representation. I found Craig to be very knowledgeable, easy to speak to, professional and courteous. Excellent communication, followup & follow through.
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Posted by Keith | January 23, 2020
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An awesome lawyer
Craig always was very professional, and genuinely cared about my needs as a client. I was thoroughly happy with his diligence to address new issues that were raised throughout the time he represented me. Even though the plaintiffs were dead set on a Felony charge, we worked together and were not satisfied with what they were proposing and through his keen insight he managed to convince the plaintiffs to change there charges to a misdemeanor charge. Through hIs diligence and his professionalism this has helped me to maintain a continuous path in my career field. For I am forever grateful to have had such a great lawyer representing me in resolving my issues and wish to Thank him again for his support during this crisis.
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2017
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Outstanding Attorney. Highly recommended
I was denied when purchasing a gun. Mr. Craig Kauzlarich was informative, professional and lead me though the legal process step by step. He made me feel at ease. Mr. Craig Kauzlarich focuses on every detail and explains all aspect of each step. The out come was successful. I am so thankful I had him as my attorney and would highly recommend him. Thanks again.
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Posted by Joe | December 21, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
We hired Craig to defend our son. Our son was sick and had a drug problem. A DUI charge turned into far more serious charges. After 17 months Craig was able to have our son plea to probation. This was a significant accomplishment considering where we live and the fact our son is bi-racial. Craig was upfront about what our was facing. I have no doubt that another attorney would have encouraged our son to take the initial offer of almost 2 years in prison. Through the process many additional facts came to light that resulted in probation not prison. When Craig met our son he was a young man lost, with a drug problem.. Today, he is a sophomore in college, completed 10 months of rehab and has another chance at life. The only thing left to say is. Thank You!
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Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2016
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Great Attorney
I hired Craig to handle a criminal case I had. I was nervous because I have never had to hire an attorney for anything before, but Craig eased my mind, and "held my hand" through the process, and made the experience less scary. Great attorney and very experienced, I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2016
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Highly Recommend!!!
Attorney Kauzlarich was the best choice in an Attorney I could have hired for my case. He was extremely knowledgeable and was very straight and to the point, which I liked. He was very responsive to my e-mails and phone calls. He also billed reasonably, which is a rare find for an Attorney. The staff at his firm, were very kind to work with as well. Made a negative situation less stressful for sure!
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2016
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Great defense attorney!
Upon hiring Craig, he helped me resolve a public drunkenness charge. He was always there when I needed him, quick to respond to any communications, and gave great legal advice. Would definitely recommend him to anyone in the area!
Posted by Travis | December 11, 2016
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A++
Best lawyer I've ever worked with. Completely prepared and able to simplify terms and strategies. Felt like Mr. Kauzlarich was on my side, not just trying to rack up billable hours. Only wish he also did family law as well as his other specialties.
Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2016
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Understanding and helpful!
Craig helped me at a difficult time. My friend was in trouble for a drug problem and with immigration. Craig explained everything and handled legal problem.
Posted by Aziz | December 8, 2016
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Good experience,
Craig helped me crash case in Carlisle. He has good experience. Respect!!!
Response from Craig Kauzlarich December 14, 2016
Thank you for the review Aziz. I am always glad to help out a CDL.
Posted by KW | December 7, 2016
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SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME
Craig is an excellent attorney. He is very knowledgeable and communicated with me throughout my case. After hiring him to represent me, Craig successfully defended me against alleged DUI charges. The charges were ultimately withdrawn and the entire ordeal was expunged from my record. I would recommend Craig to anyone facing criminal charges in Pennsylvania.
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2016
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Great work
Craig was a great attorney. Very prompt on getting back to me with emails and keeping me up to date with my case. I'm very pleased with my outcome. I would recommend him by far.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • Abom and Kutulakis
  • 2010 - Present
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Berks County Court of Common Pleas
  • 2008 - 2010

Education

  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Illinois State University
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • J.G. v. PennDOT
  • Reversed/Reinstated
  • S.K. v. STSD
  • Reinstatement Ordered/Affirmed
  • Commonwealth v. Perez
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Associations

  • Cumberland County Bar Association Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Cumberland County Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Cumberland Valley High School Mock Trial Team
  • Volunteer Coach
  • 2013 - Present
  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Middlesex Township Zoning Board
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Criminal Justice Act Attorney
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • Excellence for the Future Award
  • Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2008

Publications

  • Pennsylvania Law Weekly
  • Memorandum Opinions
  • 2009
  • The Legal Intelligencer
  • Memorandum Opinions
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Up in Smoke: Medical Marijuana Law in Pennsylvania
  • Effect of PA Medical Marijuana Law on Criminal Practice
  • 2019
  • Criminal Law Update 2019
  • Federal Criminal Law Update 2019
  • 2019
  • Criminal Law Update 2018
  • Federal Criminal Law Update 2018
  • 2018
  • Criminal Law Update 2017
  • Federal Criminal Law Update 2017
  • 2017
  • Legal Commentator
  • Class Action Lawsuits and Consumer Rights
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (9)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"While working at Abom & Kutulakis alongside Craig, I have found him to be a driven and invested advocate for his clients. As a colleague, I have come to rely on his expertise in criminal law. He is a living repository of criminal law knowledge, and any client should consider themselves fortunate to be represented by him, given their circumstances."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Craig is an extremely knowledgeable, hardworking attorney. His zealous advocacy is respected in his community and illustrated by his results for his clients. Craig has an exceptional knowledge of the law. He is always very well-prepared and he always fights tirelessly for his clients. Craig always demonstrates the highest degree of legal ability and ethical standards."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When Craig represents his clients, he leaves no stone unturned. Craig's outstanding writing ability, knowledge of both state and federal law, and his amazing eye for detail ensures he is fully prepared at every stage of the legal process. Craig will have the law and research to back his thoroughly developed arguments. Defendants in need of representation are privileged to be able to get such an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer on their side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Craig is an extremely talented attorney. His incredible writing abilities put him ahead of his opponents and definitely make him the top choice for an appellate advocate! Craig uses his vast knowledge of both State and Federal law to always be well prepared. He is ready to fight for his clients, whether it be in the courtroom or through a brief!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Craig is an extremely sharp and skilled advocate. His extensive knowledge of both federal and state law gives him the ability to quickly diagnose just about any legal situation. Craig is well spoken and knows the law inside and out. I would recommend him to anyone seeking representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Craig is a talented attorney with extensive knowledge in both federal and state law. He has a keen eye for detail which he uses to his clients' advantage both in his writing and in the courtroom."
Appeals Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Craig is a talented and very sharp trial and appellate advocate. Craig is able to tackle the most complex of legal issues with ease. He is always well prepared. Many folks THINK they are the smartest person in the room....Craig most often is."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Craig is a brilliant attorney whose legal writing skills and courtroom advocacy are essential elements when looking for qualified representation."
Appeals Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Appeals Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Craig is an associate in our law firm. We sought out Craig as he is a highly experienced writer and possesses years of appellate experience. In addition to his appellate work, Craig focuses his practice in the law firm's criminal defense section."
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