About Chris

Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Attorney christopher hemmel

I first came to Delaware County in the fall of 1979. I was just 18 years old, and I arrived here as a Freshman at Eastern University in Saint Davids. During my four years in college, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, while also concentrating in the area of computer science. I graduated from Eastern University with honors in May of 1983.

My degree was in business administration and the only jobs available at that time were in sales. I really didn't have a passion for sales work, so I began looking for a job where I could use my computer skills instead. Three months after graduation I secured a position an Associate Systems Analyst at Burroughs Corp. in Radnor, Pennsylvania. A few years later, Burroughs would acquire Sperry Univac, and be renamed as Unisys. It was an exciting time in my life, getting my first full time paid job with a major player in the data processing industry. I was working with many other young, recently graduated professionals and the age of the personal computer was just beginning.

In the following years my career as a computer programmer / systems analyst advanced. But I began to question my career choice. Something was missing from my chosen career path. I was writing computer programs and solving business problems for major corporations, but it did not feel like meaningful work. As a systems analyst, was I really making a difference? Was my computer code doing anything to make a difference in the lives of others, or to help people with their problems? Was this type of work fulfilling and did I want to do it for the rest of my life?

I had developed strong writing skills and sharp public speaking and debating skills during my college years. But my writing skills were not being put to use programming computers, and my sharp and polished public speaking and debating skills were growing duller and duller with each passing day, as I sat in my small, beige cubicle, cranking out computer code in COBOL and CICS.

After five years in the computer industry, it was time for a change. I wanted a career where I could help others, where I could use my writing and speaking skills to help people solve problems that were affecting their lives. I wanted to be out in the real world, helping real people with real problems, not locked up in some tiny cubicle day after day, clicking away on my computer keyboard, away from all the action.

After five years away from the classroom, it was time to go back to school again to move my career in a new direction. By this time in my life I was married, and had one small four year old boy and a wife to support, so quitting my full time job as a systems analyst to attend law school was out of the question. In the fall of 1988 I enrolled at the Delaware Law School, also known as Widener Law School in Wilmington, Delaware. I attended law school at night, while working as a systems analyst during the day. That way I was able to pay the bills and support my family while earning my law degree from Widener.

I graduated from Widener Law School in May of 1992, and passed the bar exams in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey that summer. In the years that followed, I established my own solo law practice in Delaware County. My practice currently extends to multiple counties, including Monroe County, York County, Dauphin County and about 16 other counties in Pennsylvania.

I now practice law exclusively as a criminal defense attorney in Pennsylvania. My legal career allows me to use my writing, speaking and debating skills, and use my abilities as an advocate, to speak out on behalf of clients, to fight for their rights and to defend their positions in court. My work is fulfilling and meaningful, because I am helping others when they get into trouble and protecting their rights. I'm no longer stuck in a tiny, little, beige cubicle cranking out computer code – I'm doing what I truly love – helping people when they get into legal trouble and representing them in the courts of the Commonwealth.


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About Christopher Hemmel

Christopher Hemmel has been a licensed attorney since 1992. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Eastern University in Saint Davids, Pennsylvania and earned his law degree from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware. He practices exclusively in the field of criminal law and DUI law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.