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Hobie Crystle

Criminal defense Attorney at Lancaster, PA

5.0   1 review

also known as Herbert Moss Crystle, Hobie Crystle

  • Licensed for 31 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Trained for 4 years at the prestigious Defender Association of Philadelphia. Defended over 200 trials, with an excellent acquittal record. Mr. Crystle has defended Homocide prosecutions, Rape, Burglary, Aggravated Assault, DUI, Felony Drug cases- he presents a level of court-room experience which is unique in Lancaster County and Central Pennsylvania.

    34 years, 11,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    Mr. Attorney Crystle has handled thousands of DUI cases, with very good results. He has tried over 50 cases before a Jury, and hundreds before Judges all over South-Eastern and Central Pennsylvania.

    34 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Civil rights

  4. Personal injury


Born in Philadelphia and raised in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, I attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut and majored in Latin American Studies. After attaining fluency in Spanish, I graduated in 1985 and worked as a criminal investigator for the Superior Court in Washington, D.C. My experience with the Superior Court led me to enroll in Dickinson School of Law two years later, where I co-founded the Public Interest Law Fund, which provides debt relief for students and young lawyers working in the public interest. While studying law, I clerked for the Public Defenders’ Offices in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, the Manhattan Office of the New York Legal Aid Society, and the Defender’s Association of Philadelphia. 

After graduation I accepted a position as an Assistant Defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia where I received training from some of the best Criminal Defense Attorneys in the country. Having tried over 200 criminal cases in Philadelphia, I returned to my hometown of Lancaster, PA, and in 1997 opened the Law Offices of Hobie Crystle, which has grown into the firm of Crystle, Allen & Braught. My practice focuses on defending people accused of crimes and misdemeanors and helping control the damage attendant to such accusations. My firm also represents people with Workers' Compensation cases, as well as Civil Rights, Personal Injury and Social Security Disability claims.

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Hobie Crystle Law
143 N Duke St
Lancaster, PA, 176022815


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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Incredible Lawyer
Hobie defended all of those who were arrested with Lancaster Against Pipelines, understanding the right to protest and being willing to defend Americans who's rights were violated by corporate interests. Hobie Crystle does fantastic work and always seems personally invested in whatever case he is working on at the time. From his position as a lawyer, it is evident that it is more than a money maker for him, as LAP cases were covered pro bono, but about making the criminal justice system more equitable and just. I would absolutely recommend this lawyer to anyone and everyone. Hobie, I commend you for your inspiring work.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Crystle, Allen and Braught
  • 2004 - Present
  • Partner
  • Crystle, Allen and Grimes
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Hobie Crystle
  • 1997 - 2002
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Lancaster County Office Of The Public Defender
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Assistant Defender
  • Defender Association Of Philadelphia
  • 1992 - 1996
  • Intern
  • Legal Aid - Manhattan, New York
  • 1991 - 1991
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  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Wesleyan University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Cruz
  • Not Guilty


  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Director
  • 2014 - Present
  • Lancaster County Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Lancaster Bar Association, Criminal Defense Section
  • Chair
  • 1999 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Excellence in Trial Advocacy
  • Defender Association of Philadelphia
  • 1995


  • Dickinson Journal of International Law - Westlaw
  • When Rights Fall in a Forest
  • 1991

Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Civil rights Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney. Outstanding reputation."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. When I was a law clerk in Lancaster I worked with Mr. Crystle on various cases."
Administrative law Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community with a strong reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
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Lancaster Criminal defense Lawyer Hobie Crystle
Hobie Crystle
Criminal defense Attorney
Lancaster, PA
Licensed for 31 years