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Zak Taylor Goldstein

Zak Taylor Goldstein

Goldstein Mehta LLC
  • Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, DUI & DWI...
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
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Zak T. Goldstein is a Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer who will take ownership of your case and not rest until he obtains the best possible result for you. More importantly, Mr. Goldstein is a lawyer who is not afraid to take a difficult case to trial. He has tried hundreds of cases before judges and juries, and he has successfully defended thousands of clients in both state and federal court. He has won critical pre-trial motions like motions to suppress evidence including drugs, guns, and confessions, and he has also won full acquittals for his criminal defense clients in both bench trials and jury trials. When the circumstances of the case call for it, Mr. Goldstein is a skilled negotiator. On many occasions, he is able to obtain favorable non-trial resolutions to his clients' cases, including the dismissal of charges, entry into diversionary programs like ARD, and negotiated pleas to significantly reduced charges and sentences. Zak Goldstein started his own criminal defense practice because he is passionate about defending the constitutional rights of the accused and helping victims of police misconduct obtain justice. He is an experienced advocate who will fight hard for your rights in order to make sure that you have every possible advantage when dealing with the power of the police and the prosecutor. Attorney Goldstein has experience with all types of charges ranging from misdemeanors like DUI and Simple Possession to serious felonies such as Aggravated Assault, Robbery, gun charges, Possession with the Intent to Deliver, sex crimes, and criminal Homicide.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • DUI & DWI
  • White Collar Crime
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
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New Jersey
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Goldstein Mehta LLC
- Current
Criminal Defense Attorney
The Hughes Firm LLC
Gordon & Rees LLP
Assistant Defender
Defender Association of Philadelphia
Villanova University School of Law
J.D. (2011) | J.D.
Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif
Activities: Villanova Law Review
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Top 10 Under 40 - Criminal Defense
National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Top 40 Under 40 - Criminal Defense
National Trial Laywers
Superb Rating
Professional Associations
State Bar of Pennsylvania # 312128
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Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Current
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Philadelphia Criminal Law Inn of Court
- Current
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Philadelphia Bar Association
- Current
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Articles & Publications
PA Superior Court Finds DUI Mandatory Minimum for Refusing Blood Draw Unconstitutional
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Oops. The police lost the video. What now?
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Philadelphia DUI Defenses
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Is a slap an assault? Maybe not.
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Pennsylvania Motion to Suppress Update: Illegally Seized Drugs May Not Be Introduced at Violation of Probation Hearing
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PA DUI Update - Much of Pennsylvania DUI Law Found Unconstitutional by Superior Court
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Defenses to Gun Charges and Weapons Offenses
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Websites & Blogs
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Legal Answers
57 Questions Answered

Q. How long does defendant have to file an appeal if new evidence is avaiable to present that wasn't available at hearing.
A: If you have already been convicted, you have one year from the date of sentencing or when the appeals were finished if you appealed to file a PCRA based on after-discovered evidence. If you are outside of that one year deadline, you have sixty days to file a PCRA from when you learn about the new evidence.
Q. If a child accidentally shoots another child with a gun obtained by the child’s mom’s boyfriend, is the mom liable?
A: Probably not criminally, although a creative prosecutor could probably come up with something. There could be civil liability.
Q. What Pennsylvania case law allows for a police officer to search a vehicle when the subjects admits to having drugs
A: A police officer can search a car when they have probable cause to do so under Commonwealth v. Gary. If they have probable cause to search the car, they can search the entire car and any containers therein. Probable cause means that a reasonable person would expect to find contraband as a result of the search. If you tell an officer that you have drugs in the car, they can search the entire car and any containers in the car.
Q. Do you have to be made aware of a search warrant? Are you privy to the inventory (or copy of it) found in the search?
A: If you are charged with a crime, the prosecution will have to turn the warrant over in discovery. If you can prove that the warrant is defective or that it contains intentional lies, then the results of the search could be suppressed. You do not have to be provided with a copy of a warrant in advance or at the time of the search.
Q. In the State of Pennsylvania can you seal a misdemeanor theft of unlawful taking (1st degree) if it was your first time?
A: No, you cannot seal a misdemeanor of the first degree.
Q. so my son was charged with 2 counts of CA when he was 15 years old. The charges were for indecent touching of a minor.
A: Depending on the charges, you may be able to file for an expungement. Speak with a local lawyer.
Q. Can he sue? What can he do?
A: No, not if he was convicted of the crime.
Q. Is it illegal for a 20 year old to date a 17 year old?
A: No, that is not illegal.
Q. On an appeal, do I need to have a criminal attorney from the county in which the original trial took place?
A: No, criminal appeals are all done through e-filing, and they consist mostly of writing briefs to make arguments based on the record. Sometimes there are oral arguments that could require travel, but many appeals do not involve oral argument. You can hire any attorney who is licensed in the jurisdiction.
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Goldstein Mehta LLC
1717 Arch Street
Suite 320
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Telephone: (267) 225-2545
Cell: (484) 680-2148
Fax: (215) 405-2559