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Leckerman Law, LLC
Kevin Leckerman

1818 Market Street, Suite 3740
Philadelphia PA 19103
(877) 378-6513

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Leckerman Law, LLC

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Experience and Training

Kevin Leckerman has dedicated his career to defending individuals charged with criminal and traffic offenses from the time he was certified by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to defend indigent clients as a law student. 

As a Senior Deputy Public Defender, Kevin Leckerman was the Appellate Division co-chief handling all appellate matters.  This position required writing and arguing briefs to the Common Pleas, Commonwealth, Superior and Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania.  At the same time, he worked as a trial attorney representing clients on charges ranging from arson, aggravated assault, DUI, rape, drug crimes, vehicular homicide while DUI, felony-murder to capital murder. 

After leaving the Office of the Public Defender, Kevin Leckerman chose to work for Levow & Costello, P.A., later to become Levow & Associates, P.A..  As an associate with this law firm, he focused his practice on DWI / DUI defense.  During this tenure with Levow & Associates, P.A., Kevin Leckerman received training from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for DWI detection and the administration of standardized field sobriety testing.  Moreover, as a member of the National College of DUI Defense, he received and continues to receive extensive training in all other aspects of DWI / DUI defense. 

Additionally, Kevin Leckerman wrote the briefs for and argued before the Appellate Division in a successful effort to establish new law in New Jersey.  The change in the law concerned the Sixth Amendment right to confront hospital workers who extracted blood samples and lab technicians who tested those blood samples in DWI prosecutions.

Areas of Practice

100%   DUI / DWI  Defense

Litigation Percentage

100%

Bar Admissions

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
State of New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Professional Associations

(Present)
Leckerman Law, LLC

(Previous)

Levow & Associates, P.A.  - 2004 to 2010
Office of the Bucks County Public Defender - 1999 to 2004
Lyons & Lyons, P.C. - 1998 to 1999
Office of Theresa Peeler, Esq. - 1997 to 1998

Memberships in Professional Organizations

National College for DUI Defense
Pennsylvania Bar Association
New Jersey Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association
Bucks County Bar Association
Phi Delta Phi - International Legal Fraternity

Legal Presentations To Colleagues

Organizer and Speaker - "DUI Primer - Basics of Blood Collection and Testing" seminar
-Bucks County Bar Association - November, 2009  

Education

Widener University School of Law 
Juris Doctor, law
1994 – 1997
Widener Law Symposium Journal- Law Review
Trial Advocacy Honor Society, vice-president

William & Mary College-School of Law-1995
Scholarship to summer semester studying comparative law in Madrid, Spain

University of Pittsburgh 
B.A., History, Psychology, Spanish

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Attorney Profile

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Experience and Training

Kevin Leckerman has dedicated his career to defending individuals charged with criminal and traffic offenses from the time he was certified by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to defend indigent clients as a law student. 

As a Senior Deputy Public Defender, Kevin Leckerman was the Appellate Division co-chief handling all appellate matters.  This position required writing and arguing briefs to the Common Pleas, Commonwealth, Superior and Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania.  At the same time, he worked as a trial attorney representing clients on charges ranging from arson, aggravated assault, DUI, rape, drug crimes, vehicular homicide while DUI, felony-murder to capital murder. 

After leaving the Office of the Public Defender, Kevin Leckerman chose to work for Levow & Costello, P.A., later to become Levow & Associates, P.A..  As an associate with this law firm, he focused his practice on DWI / DUI defense.  During this tenure with Levow & Associates, P.A., Kevin Leckerman received training from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for DWI detection and the administration of standardized field sobriety testing.  Moreover, as a member of the National College of DUI Defense, he received and continues to receive extensive training in all other aspects of DWI / DUI defense. 

Additionally, Kevin Leckerman wrote the briefs for and argued before the Appellate Division in a successful effort to establish new law in New Jersey.  The change in the law concerned the Sixth Amendment right to confront hospital workers who extracted blood samples and lab technicians who tested those blood samples in DWI prosecutions.

Areas of Practice

100%   DUI / DWI  Defense

Litigation Percentage

100%

Bar Admissions

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
State of New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Professional Associations

(Present)
Leckerman Law, LLC

(Previous)

Levow & Associates, P.A.  - 2004 to 2010
Office of the Bucks County Public Defender - 1999 to 2004
Lyons & Lyons, P.C. - 1998 to 1999
Office of Theresa Peeler, Esq. - 1997 to 1998

Memberships in Professional Organizations

National College for DUI Defense
Pennsylvania Bar Association
New Jersey Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association
Bucks County Bar Association
Phi Delta Phi - International Legal Fraternity

Legal Presentations To Colleagues

Organizer and Speaker - "DUI Primer - Basics of Blood Collection and Testing" seminar
-Bucks County Bar Association - November, 2009  

Education

Widener University School of Law 
Juris Doctor, law
1994 – 1997
Widener Law Symposium Journal- Law Review
Trial Advocacy Honor Society, vice-president

William & Mary College-School of Law-1995
Scholarship to summer semester studying comparative law in Madrid, Spain

University of Pittsburgh 
B.A., History, Psychology, Spanish

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Choosing the Right Attorney

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Common questions asked when deciding whom to hire to defend you against a drunk driving charge.

  1. Should I hire the attorney who is charging the highest fee?

    Not necessarily. The highest fee does not always equate to receiving the best legal services. Often the "high-priced" attorney that you hire may not handle your case from beginning to end or appear with you for every court hearing.
  2. Should I hire the lawyer who is charging the cheapest fee?

    Probably not. Often, the attorney charging the cheapest fees is someone who dabbles in defending people charged with DWI / DUI. This type of attorney usually handles a range of cases, such as real estate and family law cases to general criminal matters. However, someone who does not routinely defend DWI / DUI cases is most likely unaware of the complex science and law involved in providing the best defense.

    Additionally, lawyers who charge the cheapest fees often engage in handling a high volume of cases that they intend to "plead out" without aggressively exploring all available defenses.

    With most attorneys charging the cheapest fees, you get what you paid for!
  3. Should I be aware of the attorney guaranteeing an outcome?

    Absolutely. Any attorney guaranteeing an outcome is essentially trying to talk you out of your money. An ethical attorney will advise you of all possible consequences of your case, as well as discussing the best ways to defend you against government prosecution.
  4. Does anyone win a DUI / DWI case?

    Absolutely. There are numerous ways to aggressively defend drunk driving prosecutions. The only way not to defend such a charge is to simply throw your hands up and plead guilty. While you may regret pleading guilty without challenging the charges, it is highly unlikely that you will regret aggressively defending your case.

When making the monumental decision of hiring an attorney to defend you in a DUI / DWI prosecution, you have the right to ask the following questions:

  • What type of training have you received concerning DUI / DWI detection?
  • What type of training have you received concerning breath testing devices?
  • What type of training have you received concerning blood and urine testing?
    Have you attended any programs primarily focused on the use of headspace gas chromatography and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry?
    Did you complete those programs and receive a certification of completion?
  • What type of training have you received for field sobriety testing?
    Have you been certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to administer standardized field sobriety tests?
  • What type of training have you received for drug recognition tactics used by the police? 
  • What type of training have you received concerning drugs that impair driving?
  • Which attorney groups do you belong to that focus on DUI / DWI defense? Have you been accepted to the National College for DUI Defense?
  • How many Driving Under the Influence and Driving While Intoxicated cases have you defended?
  • How many Driving Under the Influence and Driving While Intoxicated cases have you taken to trial?
  • Do you use any expert witnesses? If so, do these experts provide reports and testimony concerning standardized field sobriety testing, breath testing, and blood/urine analysis?

Hiring an experienced DWI / DUI defense attorney is the best choice a person can make when determining what to do when facing a drunk driving charge.

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Areas of Practice

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Throughout the entire State of New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania, Leckerman Law, LLC handles all DUI / DWI cases and drunk driving related criminal and traffic matters, including, but not limited to:

  • Refusal to Submit Samples for Testing;
  • Homicide by Vehicle while DUI / DWI;
  • Manslaughter (DUI / DWI related);
  • Fleeing and Eluding;
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident;
  • Driving While Suspended;
  • Racing;
  • Reckless Driving;
  • Careless Driving;
  • Speeding;
  • Failure to Maintain Lane;
  • All other lesser included traffic offenses.
  • Appeals of license suspension for Refusal
    • civil proceedings against PennDOT

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Pennsylvania Law

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In Pennsylvania, Driving Under the Influence or Driving After Imbibing is treated as a criminal offense.  The process usually begins with an arrest.  Typically, persons arrested are released on their own recognizance (R.O.R.) or a nominal bail is imposed.  In counties outside of Philadelphia, DUI charges are routinely sent by mail in the form of a criminal complaint and a summons to appear in a district court.

An experienced DUI attorney, such as Kevin Leckerman, may attempt to contact the arresting officer.   This is often done in order to convince the arresting police officer not to file a DUI charge.   Other times, contact is made in order to convince the officer not to notify PennDot of a refusal to submit a breath, blood or urine sample.  If successful, a lengthy license suspension due to the refusal may be avoided.

The first court appearance is known as a preliminary hearing.  At the preliminary hearing, the arresting police officer testifies before a district justice.  The district justice, who is normally not a lawyer, decides whether there is a “prima facie” case for the matter to proceed to the county court of common pleas.

During this part of the process, the Commonwealth must put forth a relatively low level of proof.  An experienced DUI attorney should be able to point out any weaknesses in the Commonwealth’s case, which could lead to the district justice dismissing some or all the charges. 

If the charges are not dismissed, the case is sent to the court of common pleas where an arraignment or formal presentment of the charges is held.  Mr. Leckerman will normally be able to waive or have excused a client’s presence at the arraignment.  Moreover, the arraignment begins the process of evidence discovery.  Only a certain period of time is available to request discovery and make specific legal motions to the court.

For DUI prosecutions, specific requests for discovery relating to blood, breath or urine testing must be made.  Otherwise, valuable information that may lead to those tests being challenged may never be obtained.  After the information is received, Kevin Leckerman talks to his clients about obtaining experts to review any scientific data related to the testing.  Those experts may be able to offer written opinions that could aid a favorable resolution of the case.

Once the discovery process is completed, a trial date is scheduled.  Mr. Leckerman will make the client aware of all of the options available prior to going to court.  

No matter what, Kevin Leckerman will aggressively and creatively defend his clients in order to get the best possible outcome.

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Mission

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Effectively defending Driving Under the Influence and Driving While Intoxicated cases requires having technical knowledge and skills that the general criminal defense attorney usually lacks.  Often, the prosecution uses the resources of new breath testing technology and forensic laboratory testing in order to prove its cases.  Typically, these new technologies and laboratories go unchallenged by an attorney who is unfamiliar with the scientific intricacies involved.  It takes constant education and training concerning these varied methods of breath, urine, and blood testing in order to expose the flaws of a prosecutor's case.  That is why I have exclusively dedicated my legal practice to the area of DUI / DWI defense.

Over many years, I have received training in the methods of forensic testing of blood and urine for the presence of drugs and alcohol, including headspace gas chromatography and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry.  During my career, I have defended over a thousand Driving Under the Influence and Driving While Intoxicated cases involving blood and breath testing devices.  The breath testing devices utilized included the Breathalyzer and Alcotest 7100 MK III-C.  I have received training from the manufacturer of the Alcotest 7110 MK III-C in its operation.  This breath testing machine is used exclusively throughout the State of New Jersey.  Additionally, I am a member of the National College of DUI Defense and other DUI / DWI attorney groups that routinely meet throughout the country in order to discuss innovations in defending our clients.

Finally, all of my clients can be assured that I will personally handle each case from beginning to end.  Having a number of attorneys handling your case will usually result in confusion and poor communication.   A DUI / DWI prosecution can be one of the most traumatic and stressful events of a person's life.  That's the time when you need the lawyer you hired to be there with you every step of the way.  It is also the time that you want an attorney who is going to fight for you every step of the way.

For all of these reasons, I am well-suited to meet the needs of all of my clients and provide the services required to effectively defend them.

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