Robert Andrews, Kim Riester
Pittsburgh Criminal Defense Attorneys

The Criminal Division


Criminal Defense Attorneys



Advocating for the Rights of the Criminally Accused

Meyer Darragh is located in the heart of Pittsburgh, and represents clients in Western Pennsylvania and throughout the Commonwealth.  The attorneys in the Criminal Division specialize in all areas of criminal defense, from Capital Homicide cases to minor traffic citations and everything in between.  If the police are involved, the attorneys at Meyer Darragh know how to protect  your rights.  Whether you have a lengthy criminal record or this is your first experience as a criminal defendant, we will take the time to properly defend you at every stage of the process.  We bring extensive experience and professionalism to every case and focus our attention on your best interests.

Our attorneys understand that being charged with a crime is likely the most stressful time of your life.  With that in mind, we take the extra time to listen and to inform, believing that focusing on the client's needs is paramount to a proper defense. 

Get in touch with us to set up a consultation, or use the contact form to inquire whether our services are right for you.




U.S. Steel Building
600 Grant Street, Suite 4850
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

(412) 261-6600 (main)
(412) 553-7083   (office 24/7)
(412) 657-2153   (cell 24/7)


Areas of Practice


DUI is among one of the most common types of criminal charges, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania aggressively prosecutes it.  A DUI conviction can come with a maximum period of incarceration of 5 years and a $10,000 fine.  Additionally, any DUI conviction will negatively effect your ability to keep your license.   


The allegation of physical violence rarely goes uncharged in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Charges can be as serious as Attempted Homicide or as minimal as Disorderly Conduct.  In either event, protecting your rights and reputation is paramount. 


The most serious of allegations.  Each of the attorneys in the Criminal Division has successfully tried homicide cases to verdict.  Attorney Michael E. Waltman is one of only a few private criminal defense attorneys in Allegheny County qualified to represent individuals in Death Penalty cases pursuant to the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure.  


In an age where gun violence is on the rise, law enforcement vigilantly prosecutes unlawful gun possession.  It is also an area of the criminal law that prosecutors are rarely willing to negotiate.  Complex and technical statutes paired with steep sentencing guidelines, create a formidable challenge to the unprepared.      


Thefts come in all shapes and sizes, ranging retail thefts to corporate embezzlement to stolen vehicles to the recent addition of  the Home Improvement Fraud statute.  The Commonwealth is diligent in its prosecution of all types of theft, which requires you to be properly represented if you find yourself charged with a theft crime.  


An allegation of sexual assault can be one of the most difficult times in your life.  These cases often pit the credibility of one person over an other.  In an effort to err on the side of caution, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania often times moves forward with cases with little more than the testimony of one person.  These cases not only come with the possibility of immense periods of incarceration, they also come with the possibility of being branded a sex offender for the remainder of your life. 


Whether you are charged with misdemeanor possession or felony intent to deliver, the Criminal Division is prepared to represent you.  As our courts begin to catch up with the reality of the growing epidemic, treatment is more often being recognized as the appropriate course of action.  


A speeding ticket for traveling as little as 6 miles an hour over the speed limit triggers negative collateral effects on your driving privileges.  Never assume you are guilty simply because you believe you violated a section of the motor vehicle code.  With each new minor conviction, you could be setting yourself up for a loss of license, which may be very difficult to restore. 

Penndot issues

Negative collateral consequences to your driving privileges lurk around every corner and often times require action in addition to that which happens in the criminal courthouse.  Whether it is an unpaid ticket, a chemical refusal, a qualifying criminal conviction, or an accumulation of points, navigation of PennDot necessarily requires an attorney who knows where and what to file.  The system is set up, whether intentionally or not, to not benefit the average person.  When your drivers license makes or breaks your ability to keep your source of income, you have to be prepared to fight PennDot.


It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.
— Voltaire