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Michael John Skinner

DUI and DWI Attorney at West Chester, PA

5.0   25 reviews
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  • State Years
    Pennsylvania - PA 16 years
    New Jersey - NJ 16 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    License Administratively Revoked No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    West Chester criminal defense attorney representing clients in cases of theft, property damage, marijuana crimes, internet crimes, weapons charges, and other practice areas.

    17 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    50%
    As a West Chester DUI (Driving Under the Influence) attorney, Michael Skinner represents those charged with their first, second, third or other DUI charges. This includes homicide DUI and any associated drug charges.

    17 years

FORMER ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY HANDLING ALL CRIMINAL & DUI CASES. CALL TODAY!

As a former Assistant District Attorney, Michael Skinner has tried hundreds of criminal defense and DUI cases in Chester County. This experience prosecuting cases in Chester County has helped Michael gain a deep understanding of common tactics used by prosecutors. He uses this knowledge to defend the futures of men, women, and minors charged with alleged crimes in Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster County, and Montgomery County.

 

Michael focuses exclusively on criminal defense cases. This includes a variety of practice areas, including DUI (Driving Under the Influence), Juvenile Offenses in West Chester, Marijuana Charges, Domestic Violence, Weapons Charges, Violent Crimes, Theft and Property Crimes and much more.

 

Chester county criminal defense attorney Michael Skinner is dedicated to creating strong relationships with clients. This means more than just an aggressive representation. By truly understanding their unique situations, he draws out additional details that may also have an impact on the case. He makes every effort to educate clients on the charges they face, the criminal court process, and how each of their legal options can impact their lives.

 

Michael grew up in Delaware County and has spent the last 18 years living and working in Chester County. After obtaining a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Widener University School of Law, Michael went on to work for the Chester County District Attorney's Office. His knowledge, work ethic, and tactics were quickly recognized and he was promoted to Assistant District Attorney.

 

In his spare time, Michael enjoys adventure activities such as biking, hiking, and dirt bike riding. He is an avid fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, and Flyers. 

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Location

Skinner Law Firm, LLC
15 West Gay Street, 1st Floor
West Chester, PA, 19380

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Exceeded my expectations
Exceeded my expectationsHired Michael to defend my son and a driving with suspended license. Actually two different cases. Received a favorable outcome. I would hire Mike again. He and his staff are very caring.
Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2018
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Helluva lawyer
He handled two Driving While Suspended – DUI Related 1543(b) cases for me. Each charge carried a mandatory jail sentence of 60-90 days. Altogether, I was looking at four to six months in jail. He was able to have the first case dropped to a lesser charge with no jail time! Then he was able to get me on the lowest form of the Intermediate Punishment Program for my second case! Instead of ten days in jail and 80 days on house arrest he was able to get me five days in jail and 55 days on house arrest. I couldn't have asked for a better outcome! I strongly recommend this lawyer. As a side note, his assistant Nicole was very helpful throughout the process.
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2019
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Highly Recommended
My son was working with a public defender who was looking at his situation in "black & white" and really didn't listen to his story. We were told to expect 7 to 23 months jail time. Scared, but not financially in a good spot, we didn't think we could get a private attorney. Took a chance and searched the internet and Mr. Skinner's name came up. I think the angels were guiding us. Mike met with us that afternoon. He really listened to all the details. He was knowledgeable and confident but didn't make any unrealistic promises. My son unintentionally lied on an application to own a gun. This is a very serious charge, especially in today's world. It is a felony. Mike spoke to the DA who offered to get rid of the jail time for 2 years probation. We were thrilled with this as compared to the 7 to 23 months in jail and would have been happy to accept this but Mike wanted more. He felt having a felony on my son's record would cause problems for the rest of his life. He asked us to hold off and did some more negotiating. The final outcome was 1 year probation and a misdemeanor instead of the felony. What a blessing! Do not hesitate to have Mike represent you.
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Posted by Dave sr. | January 8, 2018
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Mike skinner represented our son and we highly recomend him !
Our son had been living in a lot of stress and under alot of pressure . Long story short he was loosing his fight against a doward spiral , made some very bad decisions in the blink of an eye and got himself in a world of serious trouble . Not personally knowing any lawyers we turned to the internet after consulting with one lawyer who almost had us sold , we reconsidered and decided to get a second opinion . Mike was the other lawyer who immediately stood out to us when we were examining the long list of chester county criminal lawyers . Even though it was around miday his assistant nicole told us to come right in . Mike put us at ease and dis agreed with the first lawyer on the at the time most urgent issue , and said “ dont worry about that , i really doubt that will happen , but if it should just call me and i will be right there “. The other lawyer had us sold that it was going to happen and wanted nearly triple up front of what mike would charge IF , that highley unlikely situation did arise ! We were so impressed with his candor , that we hired him to represent our son , as he gave us an affordable fee instead of taking our chances with a public defender . Still there was a few months of stress and worry , but mike kept saying “ try to relax , trust me i know what im doing “. AND BOY ARE WE GLAD WE DID ! Everything worked out EXACTLY as he said it would !! I even appologized for second guessing him on something under all the stress . He said “ no worries its all part of the job . “ we pray we never have too , but we will go to him first if need be ! We have recommended him to all friends & family should they need a GOOD HONEST LAWYER !!
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Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2017
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defendant
Michael Skinner was an incredible lawyer. Was willing to get to work immediately and cared about helping me a lot. I highly recommend him as a lawyer. He was able to remarkable things for me that I did not even expect. Thank you Michael.
Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2017
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Great Lawyer
Mr. Skinner help me in a case that I was happy with the outcome. I would highly recommend if you are in need of legal services.
Posted by Judy B. | March 24, 2017
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Mike Skinner is the best!
I was involved in a potentially 2nd offense DUI, where I refused the Breathalyzer. So I was looking at jail time, plus a loss of license. Mike Skinner resolved this case in the best way possible, and I am eternally grateful for his advice and counsel.
Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2017
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Could Not Have Hoped for a Better Result (and Lawyer)
I will never forget the night I was charged with three misdemeanor drug offenses, just as I will never forget the morning when Mike helped get those same charges reduced. In the days between, I worried constantly about what would happen, and what implications it would have on my life. But, Mike was there every step of the way, diligently responding to my many emails and offering advice and a strategy that would end up leading to the best possible outcome that we could have achieved. He is a class act and a good lawyer. If you are in need, you would be doing yourself a disservice by not reaching out, even for just a consultation. Thank you Mike.
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Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2017
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Burglary
When my son got in trouble,I found Mr skinner online and I met with him.right then and there we clicked.he explained what we were facing and how to go about. My son got a reduced sentence and community service. Mr skinner Michael is a great lawyer. Highly recommended
Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2016
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Excellent legal help
Mr. Skinner represented me at the district court on a case involving passing a school bus. He explained to me his course of action and executed it. The outcome was positive with no negative impact on my driver's license. Mr. Skinner is very professional and friendly and I enjoyed working with him.
Posted by anonymous | November 23, 2016
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Couldn't have chosen a better team
My son lives in VA and was visiting friends in West Chester. He was arrested and charged with DUI, reckless driving and speeding. I contacted Michael and, immediately, he made me feel at ease. He explained the process and exactly what to expect over the next 6 months to a year. Since we were out of state, he worked with the courts to minimize our trips back and forth for court dates. Long story short, my son was accepted into the ARD program and his expungement of all the charges has been completed. Michael and Ashley kept us informed throughout the process and always returned our calls and e-mails promptly. You can't go wrong with his team!
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Posted by Andy | December 9, 2015
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Summary Traffic Case
Mike is a great lawyer who took his time to understand and explain in plain terms the severity and potential outcomes of my case. I highly recommend this attorney for anyone with a traffic violation in the Chester County area. I was facing a 60 day license suspension for the accusation and Mike had the charges dropped to a no points violation.
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Posted by Luis | December 8, 2015
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Best dui lawyer
He help me through a dui case. He is a great lawyer and he works with me with payments and every thing that I need for the case I strongly recommend mike skinner for any law case.
Posted by Robert | August 17, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Mike saved my Life
Last year I was accused of serious, potentially life altering charges. Mike and Ashly devoted all of their resources to secure my freedom and clear my name. They were able to consult the proper independent experts whose testimony corroborated my innocence and resulted in the prosecution deciding to abandon their charges. If you are ever in the unfortunate circumstance of facing legal action, I cannot recommend Skinner Law Firm highly enough!
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Posted by Ryan | July 14, 2015
Great Attorney!!!!
When I had an unexpected legal issue last year, I was uncertain of what was going to happen. I was referred to Mr. Michael Skinner by a friend and he took my case. When I came to his office, he assured me that everything was going to be okay. He was very knowledgeable of the questions I asked him. He showed up to my court date and everything was settled without any issues. Afterwards, he asked me if I wanted this issue expunged from my record and I said yes. I paid the fee and within six months, I had a clean record once again. I would recommend Mr. Skinner to anyone who has any legal issues. He is a great guy to work with and I'm thankful he was the one who settled my case. Again, a big thank you to Mr. Michael Skinner.
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Posted by cara | July 6, 2015
definintely, one of the "good guys."
I had been looking for a lawyer from outside of my county to represent one of my children. After years of dealing with the courts, and countless lawyers in my county, I felt nothing but distrust and disdain for the system overall. However, Mr. Skinner, from our first phone call, made me feel heard, understood and respected. He not only helped bring forth the best, possible outcome for my child, but continued to offer advice and suggestions with other judicial issues that had come up. My overall opinion of Mr. Skinner and his work practices is that he truly wants to not only do what is right and just, but he also demands that from the system. If you are in need of an attorney, when you feel akin to David fighting Goliath, and don't want to feel or be further taken advantage of, Mr. Skinner is your man.
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Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2015
Caring, Confident, and knowledgable
I had the pleasure of having Michael Skinner represent a family member in court. Michael was professional, timely, and very caring and supportive as well. We felt so confident in having someone like him represent us. He also agreed to follow up with somethings 2 years down the road and when I recently called him he not only remembered me, but agreed to do exactly what he said. I would highly recommend him to represent anyone needing legal help and representation.
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Posted by sherry | May 4, 2015
a trustworthy representative
Mr Skinner helped me with my criminal case in an expert way. The serious charges against me were explained and any questions I had were answered. Mr Skinner is a calm and knowledgeable lawyer who helped me get through a very difficult 16 months.
Posted by Will | April 27, 2015
Call Mike Skinner
Micheal Skinner is an excellent lawyer. If you live in Chester County, Pa and are in need of criminal defense call Mike. Mike Skinner's legal service helped me through one of the hardest times in my life. It is because of him I can pursue my career goals without an legal obstacles. Men like Mike re-establish my faith in justice and in the American criminal justice system.
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Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2014
Great for a traffic ticket
Mr. Skinner was very reasonable and helpful with a traffic violation involving a school bus. He provided me a reasonable estimation of the out come of the penalty. I was extremely thankful in his council for getting the charges reduced. Very satisfied client.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Skinner Law Firm, LLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Chester County District Attorney’s Office
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Trial Counsel
  • Delaware Civil Clinic
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Legal Assistant
  • Goldberg, Meanix & Muth
  • 2003 - 2004
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Education

  • Widener University School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2007
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Aggravated Assault Dismissed
  • Summary Disposition
  • Man Aquitted of Murder
  • Not Guilty on All Charges
  • DUI Dismissed
  • DUI Charges Dismissed
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Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Rotary Club of West Chester
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Assocation of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Chester County Bar Assocation
  • Young Lawyer's Division - Past Secretary Elect
  • 2012 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Main Line Today - Top Lawyers 2015
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2015
  • Apprecation of Service and Dedication
  • Chester County District Attorney's Office
  • 2011
  • Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Society
  • Widener University School of Law
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Friendship Elementary School
  • "Going to Court" Program
  • 2013
  • Lionville Elementary School
  • "Going to Court" Program
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

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Given (15)
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Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I endorse this lawyer. I've worked with Michael in the past. I know him to be a decent and hardworking individual. I believe his combination of personal attributes and legal talents make him an attorney worth endorsing."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a talented criminal defense trial lawyer; I endorse him as a fellow lawyer in the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mike is an outstanding attorney who fights hard for his clients. He knows his way around the criminal justice system and is effective in obtaining favorable results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mike Skinner for many years, and he is a zealous advocate, knowledgeable of the law, and brings with him experience as a former prosecutor that is invaluable to defense clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is a well trained attorney. He is compassionate,hard working and dedicated to his clients. I strongly recommend him to those in need of his services"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Having worked with Michael in the past, I have no hesitancy in endorsing him. He knows the issues, fights for his clients and gets good results. Can't ask for more than that!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a great advocate for any criminal matter. His knowledge and experience makes him someone I can count on if I need to refer a client for their criminal matter. I highly recommend and endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike is a very thoughtful and prepared attorney. He treats his clients with respect and goes the extra mile to represent their best interests as well as possible. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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