Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense
Attorneys Thomas Burke and Dawn DiDonato offer criminal defense with the experience you need. We have over 50 years of experience in criminal law as both assistant District Attorneys and two former Philadelphia homicide prosecutors. We have a plethora of experience in state and federal courts in Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and surrounding counties as well as in New Jersey. If you need representation in Philadelphia and surrounding counties from a team with a high acquittal rate, we can help you. We will handle every aspect of your case from pre-trial investigations and motions to post-conviction relief and appeals. To protect your interests, you should know your rights and have DiDonato & Burke, LLC fight for you.


Wrongful Arrest/False Imprisonment/Malicious Prosecution/Civil Right Violations
Being the victim of a false accusation or police misconduct, or having your civil rights violated can be one of the most traumatic events in one’s life.  The lawyers at our firm have successfully identified police misconduct and civil rights violation cases and prosecuted those claims on behalf of our clients, securing millions of dollars in damages. If you or a loved one has been the victim of malicious prosecution or police misconduct, the lawyers at DiDonato & Burke can handle your claim in either state or federal court and get the justice you deserve.


Murder/Homicide
As one of the most serious crimes you can be accused of, it is important that you get immediate representation. If you have been accused of first or second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, or negligent homicide, you need an advocate on your side. Our firm has been successful in defending clients against murder and manslaughter charges, and we know how to try a case and get the results you want.


Robbery
Robbery is defined as taking the personal property of another from his or her person. If a weapon was used in a robbery, it is considered armed robbery. These crimes are often prosecuted very aggressively, and DiDonato & Burke, LLC can help.


Sex Crimes
Being accused of any type of sex crime can have devastating consequences on your life. Loss of reputation and job, as well as the charges themselves, have long-reaching consequences in both your life as well as that of your family and friends. Some of the crimes in this classification include pornography, date rape, sexual assault, indecent exposure, failure to register, child pornography, indecent assault, rape. Sex crimes carry a stigma that requires a special approach to your representation as well as reputation management. Conviction of this type of crime often not only carries a lengthy sentence but also can limit the type of job you can have and where you can reside after release. If you are being investigated or have already been charged, DiDonato & Burke, LLC has the experience that this type of crime requires. If you have already been convicted, our firm may be able to offer appeal representation.


Defending Your Rights
DiDonato & Burke, LLC will handle every aspect of your case for a one-time fee, should you so choose. It is important that if you suspect you might be charged for a crime or you are under investigation, you must do everything possible to prevent the charges from being filed. We help protect your rights and prepare a defense before charges are even filed.


Personal Injury
If you or a loved one have been injured or suffered a catastrophic loss due to the negligence of someone else… you need legal representation. DiDonato & Burke, LLC offers personalized service to meet all of your needs. Past recoveries include a ten million dollar recovery from the family of a man killed by a defective product and a $5 million dollar settlement in a medical malpractice case.


Credit Card Lawsuits
If you have been sued for a debt related to a credit card, DiDonato & Burke, LLC can help you.


Construction Contract Disputes
Across the Philadelphia metro area and New Jersey, many people hire general contractors to build or renovate their homes each year. When a real dispute arises between a construction contractor and the homeowner, Dawn DiDonato, Esquire of DiDonato & Burke, LLC offers skilled representation. Ms. DiDonato has experienced perspective and knowledge of real estate disputes and litigation. We will work for you to achieve compensatory damages, damages that you incurred as a result of the contractors breach, consequential damages, which encompass what the homeowner reasonably expected had the contractor completed the construction in a satisfactory manner, such as loss of rental income and where applicable punitive damages. Your home and property are important to you and we offer the representation to get you what you deserve.


Drafting Contracts
The contract you write will define how the courts perceive and rule on your case. Dawn DiDonato will assure your rights and interests are protected by reviewing or preparing your contract to get your best interests defined. We author contracts defined by time as of the essence clauses and liquidated damage clauses, which charge a penalty against the contractor for each day of the contract that remains incomplete.


Civil Rights Violations,  Police Misconduct
If you or a loved one has suffered injury or abuse at the hands of a police officer or were injured in jail at the hands of another inmate or guard, your civil rights may have been violated and you are entitled to compensation.  Cases bought against a police department or public entity are different than ordinary tort claims and must be handled by experienced civil rights attorneys.  The lawyers at DiDonato and Burke take police and jail abuse cases seriously and have the experience to make you whole again. 


Civil Law
At DiDonato & Burke, LLC we know that every client has a unique set of needs and circumstances and should be treated accordingly. Some of the services we can provide include preparation of wills preparation of powers of attorney preparation of agreements of sale.

•Drafting commercial contract
• Bill of Sale Business Agreements
• Corporate Resolutions
• Employment Agreements


Bankruptcy Law
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a way for debtors to get a fresh start and eliminate all debt. Examples of some debt that can be discharged are as follows: credit card debt, car loans, medical bills, and parking violations.

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
Chapter 13 bankruptcy involves working with the courts to restructure and potentially reduce your debts. After the bankruptcy, you will make one payment each month to a court-appointed trustee who then takes care of paying your creditors. The benefit of filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy over other types is your ability to save your home from foreclosure. Chapter 13 puts a stop to foreclosure, lawsuits, and creditor harassment. This will give you the breathing room you need to eliminate your debt.