Philadelphia Criminal Defense Lawyer, Evan Hughes

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Philadelphia's Preeminent Criminal Defense Attorney

Top 100 Lawyers in the United States

Outstanding Record of Acquittals

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Philadelphia's Preeminent Criminal Defense Attorney

Top 100 Lawyers in the United States

Outstanding Record of Acquittals

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PA Defense Attorney Profile

Celebrated Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer Evan Hughes is nationally recognized to be one of the top criminal defense lawyers in the United States. He has received dozens of accolades and honors from fellow attorneys as well as awards from Super Lawyers and AVVO. Evan Hughes enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a skilled trial lawyer and relentless advocate for his clients. Never shying away from tough and unpopular cases, Evan Hughes has obtained not-guilty verdicts in several high-profile cases including Commonwealth v. Hall and United States v. Awopetu.

Evan Hughes is a graduate of Drexel University where he majored in Finance and International Business. Following his undergraduate studies, Hughes worked at Deutsche Banc before attending Widener University School of Law. During law school, Hughes clerked for the Honorable Carol Engle Temin in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas and spent his last year of law school trying cases for the Philadelphia County District Attorney’s office.

Resulting from his strong analytical background, Hughes specializes in serious and complex criminal defense work, he has vast experience in cases of professional crime; murder and manslaughter; armed robbery; cases of a sexual nature; as well as cases involving police corruption, blackmail, kidnapping, and serious drug-related crime.

As a natural complement to his criminal defense practice, Evan Hughes, a criminal lawyer in Philadelphia, maintains a significant personal injury and civil rights practice that is focused primarily on catastrophic injury and police misconduct. Evan Hughes has obtained individual verdicts and settlements for his clients in excess of $5,000,000.

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Many of his cases have received substantial national press coverage:

EVEN A TOP COP CONCEDES A RIGHT TO VIDEO ARRESTS – BUT THE STREET TELLS A DIFFERENT STORY

HOW MINOR PROBATION VIOLATIONS CAN LEAD TO MAJOR JAIL TIME
June 2017 | The Atlantic

THREE HELD FOR TRIAL IN MURDER OVER THEFT DURING TRYST
December 2016 | The Philadelphia Inquirer

EX-MORAVIAN STUDENT BLAMES CRIME ON ‘HANGING WITH THE WRONG CROWD’
October 2016 | Lehigh Valley Live

JURY TO WEIGH TEMPLE STUDENT’S DEATH: MURDER OR SUICIDE?
September 2016 | The Philadelphia Inquirer

FIRED DETECTIVE, CRAIGSLIST-MURDER SUSPECT TESTIFY AT TRIAL
July 2015 | The Philadelphia Inquirer

DEFENSE IN CRAIGSLIST MURDER TRIAL TO CALL DISGRACED EX-DETECTIVE
July 2015 | The Philadelphia Inquirer

ZAWARSKI REAL ESTATE AGENT ENTERS GUILTY PLEA TO TAX EVASION CHARGES, ATTORNEY SAYS
August 2014 | Lehigh Valley Live

ZAWARSKI REAL ESTATE AGENT EVADED TAXES IN EXCESS OF $130,000 FOR YEARS, FEDS SAY
June 2014 | Lehigh Valley Live

MURDER DEFENDANT ADMITS PUNCHING TODDLER
March 2014 | The Philadelphia Inquirer

DEFENDANT’S MOTHER TESTIFIES IN TRIAL ON DEATH OF 3-YEAR OLD
March 2014 | The Philadelphia Inquirer

TRIAL BEGINS IN BEATING DEATH OF BOY, 3
March 2014 | The Philadelphia Inquirer

MAN BEATEN BY POLICE CLEARED OF WRONGDOING
February 2013 | NBC Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA COMMUNITY ACTIVIST ASKIA SABUR ACQUITTED ON ALL CHARGES
February 2013 | Workers World

WITH FINAL TESTIMONY AND CLOSING ARGUMENTS COMPLETED, ASKIA SABUR AWAITS VERDICT
February 2013 | The Philly Declaration

FAMILY ACCUSES POLICE OF BRUTALITY DURING SEARCH
October 2010 | The Philadelphia Inquirer

VIDEOTAPED BEATING BY PHILADELPHIA POLICE STIRS STORM OF PROTEST
September 2010 | New American Media

HEARING POSTPONED IN W. PHILA. VIOLENT ARREST CASE
September 2010 | The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA POLICE INVESTIGATING ALLEGED BEATING OF SUSPECT IN ARREST
September 2010 | The Philadelphia Inquirer

PROBE LAUNCHED IN VIOLENT W. PHILA. ARREST
September 2010 | The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILLY POLICE UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR ASSAULT OF SUSPECT
September 2010 | The Philadelphia Personal Injury Law Blog

CROWD PROTESTS POLICE ACTION IN W. PHILA.
September 2010 | The Philadelphia Inquirer

SHE CLAIMS COPS GOT ROUGH WITH HER
September 2010 | The Philadelphia Inquirer

RESIDENTS: PHILLY COP IN VIDEO HAS ‘RUTHLESS’ REPUTATION
September 2010 | The Philadelphia Inquirer

DOES YOUTUBE VIDEO SHOW POLICE BRUTALITY?
September 2010 | The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILLY POLICE BEATING LANDS MAN IN THE HOSPITAL
September 2010 | The Grio

PHILLY COPS BEAT A MAN FOR 2 MINS
September 2010 | Boom Philly

PHILLY POLICE BEATING STIRS STORM OF PROTEST
September 2010 | San Francisco Bay View

PHILLY POLICE CRACK MAN’S SKULL OPEN PULL GUNS ON WITNESSES
September 2010 | News One

PHILADELPHIA POLICE TO FIRE 4, DISCIPLINE 4, AND RETRAIN ENTIRE FORCE OVER VIDEOTAPED BEATING
May 2008 | Fox News

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