Dan Bush is a criminal defense attorney at Lamb McErlane's West Chester, PA location. Dan is a former prosecutor in the Chester County District Attorney's office who has twenty years of experience prosecuting and defending individuals charged with a crime. He chairs Lamb McErlane's criminal litigation department and is a partner in the firm. As a former prosecutor, Dan has a unique view of the problems which his clients bring to him. He knows that to get the best results it is often important to see things from both sides of the law. He has handled thousands of criminal cases of all types and has extensive courtroom experience in all aspects of the criminal justice system. Dan has significant experience in handling the unique pressures associated with high profile criminal cases. To properly represent a client, Dan knows that you cannot be afraid to fight in court and challenge what law enforcement has done. It is that fighting spirit and his invaluable experience which makes Dan the attorney who you want on your side when facing the daunting challenge of having criminal charges filed against you. His courtroom experience as a criminal defense attorney includes defense of charges ranging from felonies including homicide, rape, burglary, robbery, white-collar crime and aggravated assault to misdemeanors of DUI, theft and drug-related offenses. Regardless of the offense, Dan recognizes that any allegation of criminal activity is serious and can have a devastating impact on a client's life. In addition to his courtroom experience, Dan has developed a specialty of helping navigate and counsel clients through the often harsh criminal justice system. He represents clients in counties including Chester, Delaware, Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Berks and Lancaster. In addition to his litigation practice in criminal defense, Dan represents numerous area businesses and is solicitor to a private school in Chester County. Dan has received an Estate Planning certificate from Temple University's Graduate Tax Program which he brings to bear in counseling his clients.
ADMISSIONS: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
EDUCATION: Temple University School of Law, Estate Planning Certificate Widener University School of Law, JD Widener University School of Management, BS
COMMUNITY SERVICE & AFFILIATIONS: East Bradford Zoning Hearing Board Mid American Conference Collegiate Football Officials Sts. Peter and Paul CYO
AWARDS/RECOGNITION AV Rated by Martindale-Hubble Named Top 100 Trial Lawyer 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Named Main Line Today Top Lawyer: Top Lawyer Criminal Defense 2011 Top Lawyer Criminal Defense 2013 Top Lawyer Criminal Defense 2015 Top Lawyer Criminal Defense 2016 Top Lawyer Criminal Defense 2017 Top Lawyer Criminal Defense 2018
In the News Lamb McErlane PC Partner Dan Bush Spoke to a 5th Grade Class at the Chesterbrook Academy about Mock Trials Ex-West Brandywine Official Represented by Lamb McErlane PC Defense Attorney Daniel Bush gets Probation for Allegedly Mishandling Hazardous Waste Man Represented by Lamb McErlane PC Defense Attorney Daniel Bush Charged with Ebay Scheme to Defraud Receives No Jail Time Lamb McErlane PC Announces Twenty-Two Firm Attorneys Have Been Named 2018 Main Line Today Top Lawyers Lamb McErlane PC Partner Daniel R. Bush Presents at the PA Bar Institute's Annual Criminal Law Symposium Lamb McErlane PC Announces Thirteen Firm Attorneys Have Been Named 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and One Rising Star Lamb McErlane PC Announces Sixteen Firm Attorneys Have Been Named 2017 Main Line Today Top Lawyers Lamb McErlane Announces Twelve Firm Attorneys Have Been Named 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Lamb McErlane PC Announces Fourteen Firm Attorneys Have Been Named 2016 Main Line Today Top Lawyers Lamb McErlane PC Announces Six Firm Attorneys Have Been Named 2015 Main Line Today Top Lawyers Lamb McErlane PC assists in obtaining approval for Bishop Shanahan High School's turf field and stadium upgrades Lamb McErlane Partner Daniel R. Bush presents at a Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' Seminar Lamb McErlane PC Announces That Nine Firm Attorneys Have Been Named 2013 Main Line Today Top Lawyers Daniel R. Bush presents CLE "Effective Use of Suppression Motions in Criminal Court" Bush Presents at Pennsylvania Bar Institute Criminal Law Symposium
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Recent Cases Defense Attorney Daniel Bush represented a young man involved in an automobile fatality in which the driver of the other vehicle was killed. The client's blood alcohol level was over the legal limit and the accident was judged by the police to be his fault, as his vehicle crossed the center line and struck two separate vehicles, killing the driver of one. Despite the facts, the man pleaded guilty only to a Driving Under the Influence / DUI and Careless Driving, and served two weeks in jail. Represented a former West Brandywine supervisor and president of a Chester County environmental analysis company who was accused of mishandling and incorrectly storing hazardous waste. He was ordered to spend two months on house arrest as part of his sentence for improper handling of hazardous waste at his company's facilities in Thorndale, PA. He specifically denied any illegal dumping of waste and therefore adamantly fought those charges. Our client was spared any prison time despite the typical sentencing guidelines in the case calling for a minimum sentence of between six and fourteen months in prison. Click here to read the article on line in the Daily Local News. Represented a 19 year old young man involved in a car accident in which the young man's vehicle had crossed the center line and struck an on oncoming vehicle, resulting in a fatality. Shortly after accident, the young man's blood alcohol level was over the legal limit. Despite those facts, successfully negotiated a plea to only a DUI, rather than much more severe charges. The young man served 2 weeks in jail on the DUI. Represented a Coatesville man charged with Possession of a significant amount of cocaine with the intent to deliver it for sale. After filing a Motion with the Court alleging that the police had stopped and searched the man illegally, the Court agreed and suppressed the illegal stop and threw out the illegally seized evidence as "fruit of the poisonous tree". All charges were thereafter withdrawn against the man. Represented a 53 year old man alleged to have raped a 19 year old. He was charged with Rape, Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Aggravated Indecent Assault and related crimes. The evidence against the man included 2 separate secretly recorded conversations between the man and the complaining person, and an hour long taped "confession". After a 6 day jury trial, the man was found Not Guilty of all charges. Represented a Chester County woman charged with DUI and possession of drugs. Despite the Commonwealth's belief in the strength of its driving under the influence case, was able to successfully return a verdict of Not Guilty on the DUI charge, which is in the process of being expunged. Represented a man charged with driving under the influence of drugs after driving recklessly and being followed by a fellow driver who had called 911 and reported the man's driving. After successfully positioning the case through pre-trial proceedings, the Commonwealth dropped the DUI charge on the eve of trial and the man pleaded guilty to a traffic ticket with a $25 fine and no points on his license. The DUI charge is in the process of being expunged. Represented an Arizona woman in Montgomery County originally charged with numerous felonies stemming from using a fraudulently obtained Power of Attorney from her elderly uncle to steal over $350,000 from him. After months and months of pre-trial filings and hearings, the client pleaded guilty to 2 low level misdemeanors and received a sentence of 6 months probation on each count. Represented a former local school district athletic director charged after an extremely long and involved grand jury investigation with in excess of 90 counts of Theft of School District Funds and related offenses. After lengthy negotiations with the Commonwealth, the client pleaded guilty to one count of theft and one ethics violation, and less than half the restitution being sought. Despite the Commonwealth seeking a lengthy state prison term, the client received two months in County prison. Represented a Chester County police detective charged with numerous theft related offenses over a 5 year period valued in excess of $60,000, including stealing cash from the police evidence room. In a highly publicized case in which the District Attorney's office had requested 10-20 years in state prison, the client was sentenced to 11 ? -23 months in County jail, and was made eligible by the sentencing judge for work release after 3 months. Represented an individual charged with a complex scheme to embezzle over $100,000 from his employer over the course of numerous years. Client was charged with 200 separate counts of theft related offenses, based upon the allegation that he created a fictitious company and diverted business from his own employer to the fictitious company so that he could profit from the diverted business. After having approximately half of the charges dismissed through pre-trial filings, we proceeded to a lengthy 7 day jury trial that included the introduction of over 800 trial exhibits. Ultimately, the client was found Not Guilty of all 102 counts he faced at trial. Represented a man falsely charged with robbing a Rite Aid pharmacy with a gun. The "evidence" against him included a surveillance video which the police and prosecutor believed showed the man robbing the pharmacy. There was also "eyewitness" identification by 3 witnesses in the Rite Aid who each claimed to have picked out the man from a photo lineup. Each of the 3 witnesses then was brought to the police station after the man was arrested and identified the man to the police as being the person who robbed the Rite Aid. After we filed pre-trial motions to throw out the identifications, and 4 days of hearings arguing the motions, the Court suppressed several of the identifications as being illegally obtained. After 13 months of preparing a defense for trial, the District Attorney's office finally withdrew all charges against the man prior to trial. The man is in the process of expunging all of these charges from his record, as well as pursuing all other available avenues of recourse. Represented an individual accused of driving the wrong way on Route 202 and colliding head on with another vehicle, killing both occupants of that vehicle. The Commonwealth alleged that the client had been smoking marijuana "all day", and drinking alcohol, prior to the accident. In addition to other charges, client was charged with 2 counts of Homicide by Vehicle while DUI, each of which carried a separate mandatory 3 year jail term, which the law required upon conviction to be served consecutively. After a 6 day jury trial, the client was found Not Guilty of the most serious charges of Homicide by Vehicle while DUI, and was found guilty only of the lesser offenses of the case. Represented a prominent local politician accused of threatening to kill an individual with a gun. After a jury trial, the client was found Not Guilty of all charges. Upon a findings of Not Guilty, and over the Objection of the Attorney General's Office which prosecuted the case, the Court permitted the client's record to justifiably be wiped clean, and his weapon be returned to him. Represented two brothers charged with the felony offense of shooting a weapon into the trailer of another individual in East Brandywine Township, as well as other misdemeanor charges associated with the same act. During a four-day jury trial, the trial judge granted our motion to dismiss the felony charge and one of the misdemeanor charges for lack of evidence on both clients. Only the remaining misdemeanor charges went to the jury. Despite the length of the trial, the jury returned Not Guilty verdicts for both clients on all charges in approximately 45 minutes. We since have successfully had all weapons rightfully returned to our clients, and more importantly had these offenses expunged from their records. Represented a college student whose tale began with an arrest for public indecency after he was found nude outside in a residential development. A search of his car revealed what the police believed were chemicals designed for some illicit purpose (most likely the manufacture of drugs). The police impounded the car, and later charged the individual with Burglary and related offenses for physically breaking into the State Police impound lot located adjacent to their barracks by cutting the surrounding fence, retrieving the chemicals from the trunk, and disposing of them. A subsequent mental health evaluation identified that the young man was suffering from a mental illness at the time of these events. Despite the argument of the Commonwealth seeking a significant jail sentence, the young man received probation.