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John Albert Abom

Criminal defense Attorney at Carlisle, PA

5.0   69 reviews

also known as Jay Abom


Licensed for 26 years

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About John

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I have spent over 25 years practicing state and federal criminal law and family law in courts throughout Central Pennsylvania.  I am Board Certified in Criminal Law by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification and have been since 2003. 

When I am not practicing law, I can often be found coaching, refereeing and playing rugby.  My high school rugby team, Cumberland Valley, won the 2014, 2015 and 2018 Rugby Pennsylvania State Championships.  I have coached a local high school boys rugby team since 2004 and I have run a local summer youth rugby program for boys and girls in grades 1 to 8 since 2005.

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Licensed for 26 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1996
Updated 12/04/2022

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Abom & Kutulakis, L.L.P.
Abom & Kutulakis, L.L.P.
183 Lincoln Way East
Chambersburg, PA, 17201
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Client's Choice 2022
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John received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
HIGHLY RECOMMEND JAY
Attorney Jay Abom was the "Man" to call when my son got into trouble and needed help with many legal issues. We needed a good defense attorney at our side and on our team. Jay was that "Man" !!! My son had numerous STATE and FEDERAL charges and that while it was a COMPLEX set of issues--Jay Abom became "The Captain of the Ship" so to speak!! He was able to reign in the State and Federal charges making every thing more manageable for my son's Defense. This took a lot of coordination on Jay's part. Resulting in an outcome we hoped and prayed for!!! Jay Abom was able to secure very good results for us and we are very grateful. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND him to anyone in trouble with the law!!! He is a great lawyer and a caring man. So glad we made the call.
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Posted by Michael | September 13, 2017
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First Class Representation
Mr. Abom provided excellent service. Because of him, the outcome of my legal case was far better than I had hoped for. He succeeded in getting one of the major charges against me dismissed, and worked on my behalf to get very favorable terms of sentencing. He and his staff were always prompt in responding to my phone calls and emails. He always answered my questions and provided understandable explanations throughout.
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Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2022
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Wonderful Attorney
Absolutely a wonderful attorney. He made the defendant look like a total Liar. I would hire this attorney again in a heartbeat. Mr. Abom is a caring and considerate attorney. Never under estimate the power he has.
Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2022
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Fly like a butterfly sting like a bee
Jay Abom is an Ace in the pocket. He’s a fighter and will fight to win your case. He doesn’t judge you even if it looks ugly and will fight your case to the full extent of the law. The truth will set you free but it’s great to have Jay Abom on your side too. I feel like I have a friend and a counselor for the rest of my life.
Posted by Lexus | April 16, 2022
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John. A. Abom an Excellent lawyer!
John. A. Abom was great to work with. He explain everything in detail and made the process a better learning experience. Abom helped me so much with my case and kept me updated throughout the process. Any time I felt uneasy he was there to keep my hopes up and that knew exactly what he was doing. I’m very happy that I had Abom as my lawyer!. I will always recommend him to anyone who’s in need of an amazing lawyer.
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Posted by David | March 8, 2022
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Excellent legal advice and processing
I found Attorney Abom to be not only knowledgeable off the law and legal system, but also always courteous and most importantly sensitive to my individual circumstances as he guided me through the court process.
Posted by Derrick | February 25, 2022
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John Abom is an excellent lawyer
John Abom is an excellent defense attorney. With my case, he educated me on certain aspects of the law that helped to win my court case. He had a creative legal solution to every problem that was thrown our way. What impressed me most was his willingness to listen to his clients and even implement suggestions from his clients. I am very grateful that he was my lawyer on my case. Without John Abom, my life would have been ruined.
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2021
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Life Saver
My family is so very grateful for Mr. Abom. My husband was looking at a very long prison sentence but Mr. Abom turned it around and challenged the search warrant and my husband got a fraction of what he would have gotten. I can’t express how thankful we are.
Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2021
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Excellent Lawyer!!
He was honest and committed to helping me better understand the situation I was in and how we could appropriately move forward. Thank you Jay!
Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Great advice, service and attitude
Mr. Abom took the time to literally squeeze an appointment in to his very busy schedule today and meet with my wife and I on what we would consider an emergency situation. He did not know us beforehand. We were not clients of his firm, but rather complete strangers in need of legal counsel. He was very knowledgeable, straightforward, and kind.
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Posted by Danny | March 24, 2021
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Excellent
I hired Jay Abom over 2 years ago concerning a Federal IRS case. Jay carefully explained the legal process and all my concerns with professionalism and caring. I appreciated that he always promptly returned my phone calls or addressed any requests I had. His staff mirrored that same professionalism each time I contacted his office. Hiring an attorney can be very expensive but I believe that the cost associated with my case was more than fair as Jay did an excellent job and helped me greatly through a very difficult time in my life. I am very grateful for his help and would gladly recommend Jay for any legal concern you may be experiencing.
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Posted by Gail | March 17, 2021
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Best Attorney Ever
No words will ever express my gratitude toward John Abom, and team. John assisted me during one of the hardest times of my life. My sister had terminal cancer and John helped us secure Power of Attorney and her Last Will and Testament. He made an extremely difficult situation more bearable. John went out of his way to accommodate my circumstances. He was compassionate, understanding, professional and acted with the highest integrity. I cannot imagine seeking legal assistance from anyone else. Thank you, John, I'm eternally grateful!
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Response from John Abom March 23, 2021
Thank you, Gail, for taking the time to post your review of our legal services – we truly appreciate your kind words. I am so glad we were in a position to help that weekend. Undoubtedly, you and your family were in a very emotional and stressful spot. Yours is just the type of situation that we strive to address with compassion and is among the reasons we opened our doors more than 20 years ago. I will never forget the love with which you and your family embraced your sister in her final days. Thank you for allowing us to help.
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Posted by Emina | February 18, 2021
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Great attorneys
One of the best lawyers in town. Highly recommended. If u need good criminal lawyer this is the place
Posted by Anthony | February 15, 2021
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Mr
Hired Mr. Abom to represent me in a criminal defense case. To say that he handled everything in a professional manner is so understated. Precise, knowledgeable and firm is how he handled the case.
Posted by Brian | January 21, 2021
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PPP funding assistance
Jay was and is always available to me for legal advice. He is currently working with me with specifics to PPP funding for my business. If I leave a message at his office it’s returned promptly. Jay responds to my emails even after the office is closed. I highly recommend this law firm to assist with any legal battle you may be facing.
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Posted by Latoya | September 16, 2020
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The best criminal lawyer in this area
I have had the pleasure of hiring Mr. Abom on several occasions, and everytime this man has work his magic for me. I have beaten a gun charge with this man. Abom is a great lawyer as well as a great human being, and his staff are excellent.
Posted by Tim | July 13, 2020
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Awesome Law Firm and Attorney
We have been using Abom for over 5 years and have found him and his firm to be professional, response and, most importantly, effective. Great group of Attorneys!
Posted by Denny | April 27, 2020
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Very honest and straight forward attorney
I used attorney Abom several years ago for a criminal case, he advised me through the case, didn't just tell me what I wanted to hear to drag things out and get more money out of me. I feel he achieved the best results under the circumstances and his fees were fair. I just contacted attorney Abom about a drivers license/ DUI situation with trying to get my license reinstated, I tried several avenues to finding out why Penndot would not reinstate my license for a interlock system, within a day he had the answers that I needed, even though it was not what I wanted to hear. He advised against taking it to court and gave only a 10% chance of winning, I think the majority of attorneys may not be this honest to advise this way. Dealing with a attorney is always expensive and not something anyone looks forward to but it helps if you can fully trust the one you are dealing with!!
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Posted by Joshua | March 23, 2020
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Reassurance and Thoughtful
I called Mr. Abom on a Sunday with intentions of just leaving a message because I never thought he would answer during his personal time regarding an important worrisome heavy hearted question, he not only took the time too answer my question he also assured me he would double check too make me feel even more comfortable, so not even 24 hrs later he did just that. I could not be happier with his thoughtfulness and unselfishness, certainly a good experience if your seeking trustworthy guidance, simply pleased.
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Posted by Steve | February 4, 2020
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Saved My Life
I won't go into the specifics of my case but when I went to see John I was extremely distraught and worried to say the least. John took his time and listened to my concerns carefully and in a genuinely caring way talked with me, calmed me down and put my mind at ease. We discussed the issues at hand and he explained everything and the best case/worst case scenarios in a way I could understand. I could tell he also took a personal interest in my well being which meant a lot to me. As the case moved through the process John was always available to talk to me and his staff kept me informed of what was happening. I never felt like I was just another "case". John made some great recommendations and offered advise along the way so that when it came time to "face the music" I was as prepared as I could be. It turned out that John was spot on in his assessment and was able to successfully negotiate an agreement that was far better than anything I expected. And for that I will be forever grateful. I would highly recommend Johns firm to anyone needing a competent legal representation......Hopefully I will never need his services again but if I do I would not hesitate to call him.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Cumberland County District Attorney's Office
  • 1996 - 2001

Education

  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Brown University
  • A..B
  • 1990

Associations

  • Cumb Co Criminal Section
  • Chairman
  • 2008 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Franklin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Greater Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2014
  • Superlawyers
  • Thompson Reuters
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyers
  • Thompson Reuters
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyers
  • Thompson Reuters
  • 2011
  • Board Certified
  • National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Law Update 2016
  • Federal Criminal Law Update
  • 2016
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Getting to Not Guilty
  • 2015
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • 2015 Criminal Law Update
  • 2015
  • PACDL/PDA Annual Conference
  • Ethics in Criminal Cases
  • 2014
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Sentencing Advocacy and Hot Topics
  • 2013
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2013 PACDL Annual Meeting
  • 2013
  • PA Criminal Law Symposium
  • Ethics of Handling Evidence and Discovery
  • 2012
  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Criminal proceedure/law
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (10)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Jay is a respected and experienced defense attorney within the legal community. He takes the time to assure his clients are well prepared on what to expect. I would highly recommend Jay Abom to anyone in need of representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Jay Abom. His experience, intelligence, and relentless work ethic make him one of the best. Those facing a legal situation often feel anxious and overwhelmed by the unknown. Jay thoroughly educates everyone he meets with so they know what to expect. He works with his clients and fights for them to achieve the best possible outcome in every case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jay is a well-respected defense attorney. When Jay speaks, prosecutors and judges throughout Pennsylvania listen. Jay goes to great lengths to ensure his clients are educated in all of their options going forward. Many criminal defendants experience great anxiety about their cases, and often times this is due to fear of the unknown i.e. lack of experience in the criminal justice system. Jay has an aptitude for empowering these clients through education, putting minds at ease without sugar coating the truth."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jay is an excellent attorney and an effective advocate for his clients. He uses his breadth of experience and eye for detail to provide judicious advice to his clients, and diligently works to achieve the best possible outcome for them. Whenever clients walk into court with Jay, they have a knowledgeable, well-prepared attorney by their side."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would highly recommend Jay Abom to anyone in need of experienced representation."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jay and have been in practice together since 2001. His legal acumen and dedication is unsurpassed. He is a leader in the defense bar and recognized for his professionalism and commitment to clients. I am proud to be in practice with him!"
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Carlisle Criminal defense Lawyer John Albert Abom
John Albert Abom
Criminal defense Attorney
Carlisle, PA
Licensed for 26 years
Virtual consultation available