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Hobie Crystle, Esq.

Areas of focus:
Mr. Crystle has extensive jury trial experience in both Lancaster and Philadelphia and is a member of both the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 2014, he was elected as a Director by the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Hobie Crystle was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and raised in Lancaster. Mr. Crystle graduated from John Piersol McCaskey High School. He then attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where he majored in Latin American Studies and attained fluency in Spanish.

After graduating from Wesleyan in 1985, Mr. Crystle worked as a criminal investigator for the Superior Court in Washington, D.C. for two years. Mr. Crystle enrolled in the Dickinson School of Law in 1989 and graduated in 1992. At Dickinson, he co-founded the Public Interest Law Fund, a group dedicated to providing debt relief for students and young lawyers working in the public interest. During that time he clerked for the Public Defenders’ Offices in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, the Manhattan Office of the New York Legal Aid Society, and the Defender’s Association of Philadelphia. He was a member of the award-winning Constitutional Law Moot Court team of 1991.

Upon graduation, Mr. Crystle moved to Philadelphia where he practiced with the Defender’s Association until 1996 when he returned to Lancaster. After a year and a half in the Public Defender’s Office in Lancaster County, Mr. Crystle opened the Law Office of Hobie Crystle. That office has grown into the current firm of Crystle-Allen Law, LLC. Mr. Crystle has served as a member of the Board of the Lancaster Bar Association Foundation since 2008.

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Mr. Crystle's Contact Information

Hobie Crystle, Esq.
143 N. Duke Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
717-393-0600
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Mr. Crystle's Notable Cases


The following is a sampling of the many successful defenses Attorney Crystle has had the privilege to earn. Criminal defense practice is generally about damage control – making the best of a poor circumstance and negotiating an appropriate compromise. However, when the Commonwealth refuses to negotiate and their case is tested by trial before a jury, Attorney Crystle has shown he has the ability to withstand the prosecution and achieve the best result of all – not guilty!

Homicide Charges Successfully Defended

The client was charged with first-degree murder in a shooting on South Ann St. in Lancaster in 1999. The client was alleged to have fired from the ground floor of a building, behind some bushes, at several people fleeing the scene. The shots resulted in one fatality. The Court was persuaded to find the client not guilty through a strong argument that the defendant was never outside, never fired a shot, and was instead the victim of an assault.

Attempted Rape Charges Successfully Defended

The client was charged with rape and indecent assault from an incident alleged to have occurred in the bathroom of a bar. After a four-day jury trial, the client was acquitted of the rape charges and sentenced to probation for the indecent assault.

Burglary and Aggravated Assault Charges Successfully Defended

The client was charged with breaking into the home of another and assaulting the occupants with a hammer. After a four-day jury trial, he was found not guilty of those most serious charges by successfully arguing that he was, in fact, the victim of an assault and that the other parties had invited him into the home.

Aggravated Assault Against a Police Officer Successfully Defended

The client was charged with assaulting a police officer. After a three-day jury trial, the client was acquitted of the felony charges. The case involved the testimony of three different police officers and the client. Attorney Crystle was able to undermine the credibility of these officers by highlighting the inconsistencies in each officer’s version of events as well as inconsistencies between the three officers’ stories.

Successful Appeal – Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

The client had been convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison for drug crimes. Hired to take the appeal, Attorney Crystle successfully argued that the trial attorney had made errors so egregious that the client did not receive constitutionally effective assistance of counsel – the conviction was reversed!

Motion to Suppress Granted

66 grams of cocaine suppressed as the fruit of an illegal search. Attorney Crystle successfully argued that the police, in the course of executing a search warrant, failed to comply with the rules of criminal procedure and the evidence was thrown out of court. The client’s charges were withdrawn by the Commonwealth.

Aggravated Indecent Assault Case Dismissed

The client had been charged with various serious felony sexual assault charges. Attorney Crystle successfully defended spurious procedural challenges made by the Commonwealth for 2½ years, in the Common Pleas Court, the Superior Court, and in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. The result was a dismissal of all charges for the Commonwealth’s failure to comply with the speedy trial rule. Checkmate.

Motion to Suppress Granted

431 grams of cocaine and illegal firearms suppressed as Attorney Crystle successfully argued that the police stopped a car without any reasonable suspicion of criminal activity and that the ensuing encounter became an illegal detention. This is a recurring scenario as law enforcement becomes more aggressive in the war on drugs and seeks to erode the personal rights of the citizenry in the name of public safety. The Constitution won! Evidence suppressed, charges dismissed.

Kevin C. Allen, Esq.

Areas of focus:
Mr. Allen is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Bar Association. He is admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar and New Jersey Bar. He has trial experience in Lancaster and Philadelphia as well as in the Federal Courts of the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania.

Kevin Allen was born and raised in Lower Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1975. He attended Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1980. After becoming licensed in Pennsylvania, Mr. Allen was employed initially as a physical therapist and then as the Assistant Chief Therapist at Metropolitan Hospital in Philadelphia. He entered private practice physical therapy in 1981, contracting with home care agencies in Philadelphia and a hospital in northeast Pennsylvania to operate the physical therapy department. His experiences as a physical therapist give Mr. Allen a unique insight into the complexities of full recovery from bodily injury.

In 1984 Mr. Allen enrolled in Temple Law School’s evening program while working full-time as a physical therapist. While at Temple Law, he volunteered with the Food Stamp Action Project, a program that operated in conjunction with Community Legal Services in Philadelphia to advocate for impoverished families.

Upon graduation, Mr. Allen co-founded the law firm of Seitzinger, Habib, Allen & Randazzo, P.C. in Philadelphia. In 1992, he moved to Lancaster and opened a local office of the firm at 143 North Duke Street in 1997. After thirteen years with Seitzinger, Habib, Allen & Randazzo, P.C., Mr. Allen co-founded the firm of Crystle-Allen Law, LLC. Mr. Allen’s practice focuses on personal injury law, workers’ compensation, and civil rights law. He is admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar and New Jersey Bar. He has trial experience in Lancaster, Philadelphia, Bucks, and Montgomery Counties as well as in the Federal Courts of the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania. Mr. Allen is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Bar Association.

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Mr. Allen's Contact Information

Kevin C. Allen, Esq.
143 N. Duke Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
717-393-0600
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Mr. Allen's Notable Cases


Civil Rights


Prison Wrongful Death / Suicide – $725,000 Settlement During Trial

Our clients were the parents of a 24-year-old man who committed suicide in prison. The young man had a history of substance abuse and threatened to commit suicide prior to his incarceration. The parents cooperated with police and assisted in arranging for his arrest in the hope that he would obtain help and be maintained in a safe environment.

Initially, prison staff placed the young man in a camera cell but failed to notice he was engaging in self-harmful behavior. Although briefly seen by a mental health counselor, no arrangements were made for him to be examined by a psychiatrist before he was released from the camera cell / suicide watch. Once released from suicide watch, corrections officers failed to make cell checks consistent with prison procedures, and the young man hung himself from the overhead vent with a bed sheet.

We filed suit in Federal Court on behalf of the estate of the young man against the involved prison staff, including corrections officers, a mental health counselor, and the medical director under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 for deliberate indifference to serious medical needs. On the fifth day of trial after the presentation of our case, the defendants settled for $725,000.

Police Misconduct - Brain Injury $3.9 Million Settlement 3 Weeks Before Trial

We represented a mother of three who suffered a permanent brain injury in a motor vehicle accident involving a high-speed police chase. Our client, who was on her way to pick up her teenage son from a friend’s house, was struck in her vehicle as she pulled out from a stop sign into the path of a police car that was allegedly chasing a vehicle with an expired inspection sticker at speeds in excess of 65 miles per hour in a 25 miles-per-hour zone. We were able to prove that the officer was not operating his siren as he pursued the alleged violator in this residential area.

The matter was filed in Federal Court on behalf of the mother and her three children against the police officer and the municipality with which he was employed under a civil rights violation theory, including claims under the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and 42 U.S.C. 1983.

During his deposition, the police officer testified that he was actually pursuing a man who he believed had an illegal handgun, but the officer failed to explain why his initial report made no mention of this weapon. The insurance companies for the municipality and the police officer vigorously defended the case citing “qualified immunity” that is afforded police officers. Both defendants filed motions for summary judgment, but after argument, the court allowed the case to proceed against the police officer. Three weeks before trial was scheduled to begin in Federal Court, the insurance company for the defendants met with us and settled the case for $3.9 million. With that settlement, we were able to assist the family in arranging the necessary medical care for the victim as well as counseling for the children.

Personal Injury


Motorcycle Accident - $1.3 Million Jury Verdict

We represented a motorcyclist who was seriously injured when the defendant driver pulled out across three lanes of travel into the path of our client. The defendant’s insurance company denied liability, and we filed suit in the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas. Our client had previously worked as a bus mechanic and, as a result of injuries sustained in the accident, including bilateral knee and wrist injuries requiring surgeries, was unable to return to his job.

The Court bifurcated the trial, requiring us to first present the liability issues and, if we won, in the second phase of the trial we could present the damages aspect of the case. The jury first found the defendant driver 75% liable for the accident, and in the damages phase of the trial awarded $1.3 million to our client.

Motor Vehicle Accident – Jury Verdict $760,000; with Delay Damages, $812,000

Our client was a working mother of adult children who sustained debilitating back injuries when the vehicle in which she was a passenger was struck from behind by a vehicle driven erratically by an older man. The defendant driver’s insurance company denied liability for the accident, alleging that the man had a sudden medical emergency.

After extensive discovery, including the review of medical records and depositions of the defendant’s medical doctors, the case went to trial. We were able to demonstrate that the man had been noncompliant in the care of his medical condition and therefore could not rely on a sudden medical emergency defense. On the first day of trial, the insurance company for the man conceded liability for the accident but still denied that the accident had caused any injury to our client. We were able to prove to the jury that the accident did, in fact, cause our client’s injuries and disability. The jury awarded $760,000 in damages, which was later increased to $812,000 with the inclusion of delay damages.

Workers' Compensation


Workers’ Compensation Benefits Awarded to Minor Children

Our clients were two teenage children who resided with their mother and a man who suffered brain injury and was killed on his job in a tragic construction accident. Before the Workers’ Compensation Judge we were able to prove that the children were eligible dependents of the deceased man (that he stood in loco parentis, or in the place of the parent), thereby entitling them to workers’ compensation death benefits until they reached the age of majority.

The employer and its insurance company appealed the matter to the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, and the Judge’s decision was reversed. We then appealed to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth Court reversed the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board and reinstated the Judge’s decision granting benefits to the children.

Although the employer and its insurance company appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, we opposed the appeal and the Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal, thereby allowing the decisions of the Workers’ Compensation Judge and the Commonwealth Court to stand.

Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Medical and Wages for Mental and Physical Injuries in Excess of $650,000

Our client was a woman who suffered work-related physical and mental injuries. We were able to prove through the presentation of extensive medical evidence that our client suffered mental injuries from threats at the workplace and that she suffered physical injuries from an assault that occurred at her home but was nevertheless related to her employment. The Workers’ Compensation Judge (WCJ) awarded benefits back to the point when the claimant stopped working, plus 10% interest.

The employer and its insurance company appealed to the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (WCAB) and refused to pay the claimant in violation of the orders of the WCJ and the WCAB. We successfully pursued a penalty petition for the failure to pay in a timely manner, and an additional 15% was awarded.

The case was litigated for several years and ultimately settled. The claimant had received over $570,000 in wage benefits and over $95,000 in medical benefits, and the insurance company remains responsible for the payment of ongoing medical expenses.
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