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August 3, 2018By Brian Manchester

“Brian Manchester, Esq., is simply the best! He is an excellent attorney and a warm and intelligent man. Brian explains the law AND the science to his clients listens to all of their concerns and answers questions in a clear and comprehensive manner. My husband was in a horrific car accident in July 2017, when he lost consciousness and ran into another car and then into a telephone pole. The accident left him permanently disabled, with a broken neck and brain trauma. We believe he suffered a series of mini-strokes while driving, which had happened on at least one prior occasion. However, since my husband was taking legally-prescribed pain medication at the time, those medications showed up in his blood test following the wreck. As such, he was charged with a drug-related DUI and various other traffic offenses. Instead of assuming, like the District Attorney did, that my husband was incapacitated, Brian Manchester listened to the complete story of what happened. We were able to explain to him that this was a health problem, not a driving-under-the-influence problem. Brian took the time to examine the blood results and then explained them to us. He showed us two things: first, that the level of pain medication in my husband’s system was on the lower end of the spectrum, and second, that one of the charges filed against my husband was premised upon a blood metabolite that is not even illegal to have in your system in Pennsylvania. Brian then filed motions with the Court to suppress my husband’s blood test results. Since the accident left my husband with multiple physical and mental problems, keeping him out of the prison system was the most important aspect of the entire process for us. We explained to Brian that our biggest concern was that my husband’s health was too precarious to withstand incarceration. Due to Brian Manchester’s outstanding scientific knowledge and the respect he has earned from years of experience dealing with the Centre County District Attorney’s Office, Brian was able to negotiate a plea deal to a lesser charge that would keep my husband out of jail. We feel so blessed to have had an attorney like Brian Manchester, who actually listened to “our side of the story” and could explain the science behind the blood test results to us in terms that anyone could understand. He also made certain to discuss our thoughts and concerns before talking to the District Attorney so that he knew exactly what goals to work towards in plea negotiations. I would recommend Brian Manchester to anybody who needs a great attorney!”

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Brian Manchester is the owner of Manchester and Associates in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. His law firm practices DUI and Criminal Defense exclusively throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania in both state and federal court. He has a team of two other lawyers with a combined 50 years of trial and courtroom experience are also trained in science and many other skills that are relevant to criminal defense to include the psychology of persuasion as well. One of his associates is a former District Attorney (chief prosecutor) in central Pennsylvania. Mr. Manchester and his team routinely handle serious felony cases including murder, manslaughter, sex crimes, complex financial crimes, and serious assaults. A large part of Mr. Manchester’s practice is the defense of alcohol and drug-based DUI offenses as well as drug cases using science and analytical chemistry. Mr. Manchester has training as a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor. He is one of a handful of Certified Lawyer-Scientists as recognized by the American Chemical Society in the United States. He is a member of NCDD and is a Founding Member of DUIDLA. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society with over 170,000 members across the world. To date, he is the only practicing criminal defense lawyer to belong to the Society of Forensic Toxicologist where he is an Associate Member. Mr. Manchester speaks nationally on the topic of blood and drug testing for alcohol as well as the metrological (measurement uncertainty) in forensic testing.
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Client Testimonials

  • “Mr. Manchester is the lawyer I would hire if accused of DWI. He is concerned for his clients and aggressively defends their cases. He has completed the most rigorous training to be one of the best DWI lawyers in the State. His determination and knowledge will serve you well when he is your attorney.”
  • “I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Manchester is well versed with the evidential pitfalls of hospital blood testing. With this knowledge, he has been able to effectively represent those accused of alcohol related offenses. Recently, Mr. Manchester has provided me with assistance on a complex blood analysis case.”
  • “I am both surprised and proud to be one of the first lawyers to highly recommend Brian as a criminal defense and DUI lawyer. Brian’s knowledge of criminal defense, and especially in the area of DUI, is unmatched. Not only does Brian possess a great working knowledge of the law, he has also dedicated himself to the underlying science necessary to successfully defend DUI and criminal cases involving blood test results. Brian is committed to excellence and receives my recommendation without reservation to those looking for a knowledgeable and committed criminal defense or DUI attorney.”
  • “Attorney Manchester is well-known for his strong work ethic. He is the type of attorney that you would like to have involved in your case. Known as a person who stands up for principle, Attorney Manchester has the guts that is needed (but sadly is missing in a lot of criminal defense attorneys) to defend the citizen accused. He is certainly not afraid to defend people who have been accused by the government of being in violation of the law. His favorite two words seems to be “Prove it!””
  • “Brian Manchester is a knowledgeable, dedicated attorney, with the skill and ability to successfully defend citizens who are accused of driving under the influence. I highly recommend Brian.”
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