If you are facing criminal charges or have been in a personal injury accident in Western Pennsylvania, the experienced attorneys at SMT Legal are here to protect your rights and fight for your freedom. Our seasoned criminal defense lawyers understand the life-altering consequences a conviction can have on your family, reputation, and future opportunities. In our personal injury practice, our experienced attorneys can gather evidence to support your claim, present it to at-fault parties and their insurers, and negotiate with insurance companies for a fair settlement. We are dedicated to providing personalized, high-quality representation to clients throughout the region, crafting effective defense strategies tailored to each unique case.

At SMT Legal, we have a deep understanding of Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system and have successfully defended clients against a wide range of charges, from summary offenses to felonies. Our team is well-versed in handling cases involving assault, DUI, drug crimes, federal crimes, internet crimes, involuntary manslaughter, sex crimes, theft, violent crimes, and white-collar crimes. We are committed to guiding you through this challenging time, ensuring that your rights are protected every step of the way. Call us today at (412) 765-3345 or contact us via our online form for a free consultation with a skilled Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney.

When you or someone you love is injured, it can be one of the most difficult times in life. As personal injury attorneys, many who are victims of motor vehicle accidents like car, motorcycle, truck, pedestrian, bicycle, bus and ATV accidents come to our office not knowing what to do. These accidents are very traumatic, and we are ready and able to help you navigate through your case. Sometimes, our clients find themselves struggling with catastrophic injuries, or even have a family member suffer wrongful death. In these cases, compensation to cover the cost of the physical and emotional damage of your injuries is essential. We have experience doing just that.

Places We Serve

SMT Legal proudly serves clients throughout Western Pennsylvania, including the following counties:
  • Allegheny County (Pittsburgh, McKeesport, Monroeville, Bethel Park, Penn Hills, and surrounding areas)
  • Westmoreland County (Greensburg, Murrysville, New Kensington, Latrobe, Jeannette, and surrounding areas)
  • Washington County (Washington, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray, McDonald, and surrounding areas)
  • Beaver County (Beaver, Aliquippa, Ambridge, Beaver Falls, Monaca, and surrounding areas)
  • Butler County (Butler, Cranberry Township, Slippery Rock, Zelienople, Mars, and surrounding areas)
  • Armstrong County (Kittanning, Ford City, Leechburg, Apollo, Freeport, and surrounding areas
  • Indiana County (Indiana, Homer City, Blairsville, Saltsburg, Clymer, and surrounding areas)
  • Clarion County (Clarion, New Bethlehem, Rimersburg, Knox, Foxburg, and surrounding areas)
  • Cambria County (Johnstown, Ebensburg, Portage, Westmont, Nanty Glo, and surrounding areas)

Wherever you are in Western Pennsylvania, the experienced criminal defense and personal injury team at SMT believes you deserve the best representation possible.

Why Choose SMT Legal?

When facing criminal charges, the choice of a defense attorney can significantly affect the outcome of your case. The same goes for personal injury. In fact – no matter what legal matter you are facing, your attorney has everything to do with the potential outcome of your case. At SMT Legal, we understand the gravity of your situation and are committed to providing the highest quality representation to protect your rights and secure your future.

Our team of experienced criminal defense lawyers has a proven track record of successfully handling a wide range of criminal cases throughout Western Pennsylvania. We have the knowledge, skills, and resources to build a strong defense strategy tailored to your unique circumstances. Our attorneys stay up to date on the latest developments in Pennsylvania criminal law, so we are always prepared to provide the most effective representation possible.

In regard to personal injury, we fight aggressively to get our clients the compensation they deserve. We give 100% of ourselves to every case and person that walk through our doors. Our goal is simple, to get you the most compensation possible, and to give you peace of mind throughout the process. We work with experts, question witnesses, negotiate with insurance companies, and will argue in court all on your behalf. This is more than wanting a check, this is pursuing justice where it is due. View our case results to see what we can do for you.

The skilled team at SMT Legal also understands the importance of client communication and accessibility. We recognize that facing a legal matter can be overwhelming, and we strive to be available to answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide the guidance and support you need throughout the legal process. Our team treats each client with the respect, compassion, and personalized attention they deserve.

Our Approach to Personal Injury Cases

At SMT Legal, we extend our commitment to justice beyond criminal defense to encompass a wide range of personal injury cases. Our seasoned attorneys fight tirelessly for the rights of individuals who have suffered harm due to the negligence or wrongful actions of others. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that injuries can inflict on victims and their families, and we dedicate ourselves to securing the compensation our clients deserve.

Our Personal Injury Practice Areas

SMT Legal handles a comprehensive array of personal injury cases, including:

  • Auto Accidents: We represent victims of car accidents, truck collisions, motorcycle crashes, and pedestrian incidents, navigating complex insurance claims and litigation to ensure fair compensation.
  • Catastrophic Injuries: Our team specializes in cases involving severe, life-altering injuries, with a particular focus on explosion-related trauma. We pursue maximum compensation for victims of industrial explosions, gas leaks, and other catastrophic events.
  • Wrongful Death: We advocate for families who have lost loved ones due to negligence, holding responsible parties accountable and seeking justice for the deceased.
  • Medical Malpractice: Our attorneys tackle cases of medical negligence, surgical errors, misdiagnosis, and other forms of healthcare-related harm.
  • Workplace Injuries: We assist injured workers in navigating workers’ compensation claims and pursuing additional legal remedies when appropriate.
  • Industrial Accidents: Our firm represents individuals harmed in factory accidents, construction site incidents, and other industrial settings.
  • Premises Liability: We handle cases involving injuries on unsafe properties, including slip-and-fall accidents and negligent security incidents.
  • Product Liability: Our team pursues claims against manufacturers of defective products that cause harm to consumers.
  • Dog Bites and Animal Attacks: We represent victims of animal-related injuries, ensuring pet owners and property managers are held responsible.
  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Injuries: We take on cases involving dangerous drugs and faulty medical devices, standing up to large pharmaceutical companies on behalf of our clients.

SMT Legal approaches personal injury cases with the same vigor and dedication we bring to our criminal defense practice. We conduct thorough investigations, collaborate with expert witnesses, and build compelling cases to support our clients’ claims. Our attorneys negotiate aggressively with insurance companies and, when necessary, litigate cases in court to secure just compensation.

We prioritize client well-being throughout the legal process, offering compassionate support while vigorously advocating for their rights. Our team keeps clients informed at every stage, explaining complex legal concepts in clear terms and providing honest, realistic assessments of case prospects.

Our Approach to Criminal Defense

At SMT Legal, our approach to criminal defense is centered on thorough preparation, strategic thinking, and tireless advocacy. We understand that every case is unique, and we take the time to carefully investigate the circumstances surrounding your charges, gather evidence, and identify any weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.

Our attorneys work closely with you to develop a comprehensive defense strategy that aligns with your goals and priorities. We carefully analyze all available options, including the possibility of negotiating a plea bargain or taking your case to trial, and provide candid advice on the potential risks and benefits of each approach.

If your case proceeds to trial, our skilled litigators are prepared to mount a vigorous defense on your behalf. We have extensive experience cross-examining witnesses, challenging evidence, and presenting compelling arguments to judges and juries. Our team is dedicated to fighting for your rights and ensuring you receive a fair trial.

In addition to our courtroom skills, we also prioritize mitigation efforts to help minimize the potential consequences of a conviction. Our attorneys work proactively to gather evidence of your positive character, community ties, and any other factors that may support a more lenient sentence or alternative disposition. We explore all available options, such as diversionary programs, to help you avoid the most severe penalties and move forward with your life.

Throughout the legal process, our team provides regular updates and maintains open lines of communication to keep you fully informed about the status of your case. We are committed to being accessible, responsive, and attentive to your needs, offering the guidance and support you require during this challenging time.

Categories of Charges in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, criminal charges are classified into three broad categories: summary offenses, misdemeanors, and felonies. The severity of the charge determines the potential penalties and long-term consequences of a conviction. At SMT Legal, our experienced criminal defense attorneys are well-versed in handling cases across all categories of charges.

Summary Offenses

Summary offenses are the least serious type of criminal charge in Pennsylvania. These offenses are typically punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $300. Examples of summary offenses include:
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Public drunkenness
  • Harassment
  • Loitering
  • First-offense retail theft (under $150)
While summary offenses may seem minor, a conviction can still result in a criminal record that may affect your future employment and housing opportunities. Our attorneys at SMT Legal can help you navigate the legal process and work to minimize the consequences of a summary offense charge.


Misdemeanors are more serious than summary offenses but less severe than felonies. In Pennsylvania, misdemeanors are classified into three degrees, with first-degree misdemeanors being the most serious. Penalties for misdemeanors may include fines and imprisonment, with the maximum sentence depending on the degree of the offense:
  • First-degree misdemeanors – Up to five years in jail and a $10,000 fine
  • Second-degree misdemeanors – Up to two years in jail and a $5,000 fine
  • Third-degree misdemeanors – Up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine
Examples of misdemeanors include:
  • Simple assault
  • DUI (first or second offense)
  • Possession of a small amount of marijuana
  • Theft (between $200 and $2,000)
  • Recklessly endangering another person

Our skilled criminal defense lawyers at SMT Legal have extensive experience handling misdemeanor cases and can develop a tailored defense strategy to protect your rights and minimize the impact of these charges on your life.


Felonies are the most serious category of criminal charges in Pennsylvania, carrying the potential for severe penalties, including lengthy prison sentences and significant fines. Like misdemeanors, felonies are classified into three degrees, with first-degree felonies being the most severe:
  • First-degree felonies – Up to twenty years in prison and a $25,000 fine
  • Second-degree felonies – Up to ten years in prison and a $25,000 fine
  • Third-degree felonies – Up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine
Examples of felonies include:
  • Aggravated assault
  • Burglary
  • Rape
  • Possession with intent to deliver (PWID) drugs
  • Homicide
Murder of the first degree convictions result in either death or life in prison. Murder of the second degree convictions result in life in prison.
A felony conviction can have far-reaching consequences, affecting your freedom, family, and future prospects. The experienced criminal defense attorneys at SMT Legal are committed to aggressively representing clients facing felony charges, working tirelessly to defend your rights and achieve the best possible outcome in your case.

Contact Us Today

If you are facing criminal charges or have been injured by someone else’s negligence in Pennsylvania, the seasoned team at SMT Legal is here to help. Call us today at (412) 765-3345 or contact us online for a free consultation with an experienced Western Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer or personal injury lawyer.


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Thomas’s clients say of working with him that he was “very clear with his strategy of my case from the consultation to the court date.” Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Thomas enjoys helping his hometown community.

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