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Ernest D. Preate Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Scranton, PA

3.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 54 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1969
    Status
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 1999

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1999. See details

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Ernest D. Preate, Jr. (born November 22, 1940)[3] is a former Republican[4] Pennsylvania Attorney General. As Attorney General, he argued before the United States Supreme Court in the landmark case, Planned Parenthood of Southeast Pennsylvania v. Casey on behalf of Robert P. Casey, then governor of Pennsylvania. Preate also successfully argued another landmark case, Blystone v. Pennsylvania in the United States Supreme Court addressing the death penalty.

Prior to serving as Attorney General, Preate was district attorney of Lackawanna County. He ran for Governor of Pennsylvania in 1994, but came in second for the Republican nomination behind then-congressman Tom Ridge, who won the general election.

He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1966-1969 as Infantry Platoon Commander. He spent 13 months in combat in Vietnam and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. Preate earned 5 medals for combat service.

Preate was elected District Attorney of Lackawanna County 1977 and served until 1989. He was an active trial prosecutor, specializing in homicide and drug cases. As District Attorney, he won all 19 murder cases that went to verdict and obtained the death penalty in 5 cases. His numerous appellate arguments include 2 major cases before the U.S. Supreme Court where he was successful in getting the Court to hold, as Constitutional, Pennsylvania’s Death Penalty Law (which he would later argue against) and its Abortion Control Act.

He was a member of the National Association of Attorneys General where his colleagues elected him Chairman of the Criminal Law Committee. He was the Association’s official delegate to the American Bar Association, where he was co-founder and first chair of the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association and received numerous awards for his service to law enforcement and the justice system.

He was elected Attorney General of Pennsylvania in 1988, taking Office in 1989. He was re-elected in 1992.

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Law Office of Ernest D. Preate, Jr.
400 Spruce St Ste 300
Scranton, PA, 18503-1814

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Posted by Diane | March 18, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Best DA Lackawanna ever had!
Ernie Preate is in my experience the best prosecutor Lackawanna county ever had. He put Joseph Aulisio in jail for life. He was very professional and made sure he took Mr. Allison off the streets for life. My family is very happy and stands by him for every thing he has done for us.
Posted by Jennifer | March 29, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Represented my child (a minor)
Upon consulting Mr. Preate regarding allegations made against my 11 year old son - he eased all my worries and gave our family the confidence we needed to proceed accordingly. We hired him and breathed a sigh of relief knowing we had him on our side. The case is still on going however every step of the way he has proven to be the perfect fit for our case. He has shown us that he is willing to fight for my son just as hard (if not harder) than I ever could. Extremely intelligent and a straight shooter. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of a good criminal defense attorney.
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Posted by Kelly | July 21, 2023
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Federal White Collar Charge
Was truly disappointed in regards to how he handled things with my husband’s federal white collar case. His lack of knowledge of the changes with the First Steps Act of 2018. Making me feel that my concerns were not priority, and not explaining why they should or shouldn’t be.
Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
rip off
ripped my husband and me off 1,500.00 did not provide services as promised

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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1999.

Suspension issued in PA, 1999
updated on 08/19/2008

Suspended means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Suspension issued in PA, 1995
updated on 08/19/2008

Suspended means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Ernest D. Preate, Jr.
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney General
  • Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office
  • 1989 - 1995

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1965
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1962
  • Scranton Preparatory School,
  • 1958

Associations

  • Lackawanna County Bar Association
  • Director
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Scranton Criminal defense Lawyer Ernest D. Preate Jr.
Ernest D. Preate Jr.
Criminal defense Attorney
Scranton, PA
Licensed for 54 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1999. See details