Criminal Law 2017-10-13T14:59:16+00:00

CRIMINAL LAW

If you get arrested, indicted, or are under criminal investigation, it’s normal to feel confused, afraid,  even hopeless. You don’t know what will happen next, and you are overwhelmed.

Will you go to jail?

Will you have to pay fines you can’t afford?

Will your reputation be ruined, before you even have your day in court?

It is certainly a frightening time, which is why you need a no-nonsense bulldog in your corner fighting for you. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania might have unlimited resources at its disposal, but we have what you need  — the tenacity and experience necessary to fight back. With nearly 50 years of experience fighting cases just like yours, we are ready to take on your case.

Questions? Chances are we’ve heard them before.

Can I help a loved one who was just arrested? 2017-10-06T18:36:12+00:00

It can be frightening and confusing when a loved one is arrested. You probably have many questions, such as: Where was the person arrested? What are the charges? What happens next? The best thing you can do to help a loved one is to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer IMMEDIATELY.  The attorney will provide answers to these questions, and may be able to assist in having the person released from custody as soon as possible.

What do I do if I have a warrant? 2017-10-06T18:31:56+00:00

First, speak to an attorney to determine the type of warrant, and the conditions of surrender.  In many cases, the person sought on a warrant can arrange, with an attorney’s help, to submit themselves to the issuing authority, and be able to avoid imprisonment.

Will you meet with someone in Prison? 2017-10-06T18:36:36+00:00

Yes. We are regularly at prison to meet with our clients and provide free consultations. You can call our office and we will take down information about your loved one and place their name on our list for our next prison visit.

What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor in Pennsylvania? 2017-10-06T18:33:21+00:00

 

In Pennsylvania, people can be charged with felonies, homicides, misdemeanors, or summary offenses. In general, felonies and misdemeanors are broken down by degree.

A first-degree felony comes with a maximum 20-year prison sentence and/or a $25,000 fine.

A second-degree felony has a maximum 10-year sentence and/or $15,000 fine.

A third-degree felony has a maximum 7-year sentence andor $15,000 fine.

A first-degree misdemeanor has a maximum 5-year sentence and/or $10,000 fine.

A second-degree misdemeanor has a maximum 2-year sentence and/or $5,000 fine.

A third-degree misdemeanor has a maximum 1-year sentence and/or $2,500 fine.

Can I get my parole/probation terminated? 2017-10-06T18:38:13+00:00

Yes, it is possible.  You should consult an attorney to determine if a court has jurisdiction (power) to terminate your parole or probation.  You greatly increase your chances of having your supervision terminated if you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Can I get my charges removed from my record? 2017-10-06T18:37:07+00:00

Maybe.  Not all charges are eligible for expungement in Pennsylvania.  Also, there are different methods of removing charges from a person’s record.  The procedures are specific and require research, the filing of a formal petition and hearing before the court.  You should speak with an attorney to fully review your situation and determine whether or not you can have the charges removed.   

Legal Expertise with a Side of Tough Love

While some lawyers may sugarcoat things for their clients, we believe in the truth. We have a reputation for telling clients exactly how it is, so you don’t have to worry about dealing with surprises in court. You should know where you stand, right from the beginning and get clear-cut information about your odds in court.

Sugarcoated information might be easier to swallow, at first. But knowing the truth from the beginning means you can move forward with a clear understanding of what to expect during every stage  of the process. There shouldn’t be surprises in court, and you don’t have to worry about that with us.

An Experienced Team by Your Side

With both of our careers based in the Pennsylvania judicial system, we know exactly what the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania does when investigating your case. We understand the law and know the system. We stay on top of new developments, and we understand your options. Whether you are facing trial, appealing, heading to the grand jury, charged with violating probation or parole, or anything else, our expertise is the best tool you can have at your side.

You are under a lot of stress right now, but you don’t have to shoulder the entire burden. We are here to help you. Request a free consultation today to find out where you stand with your case and how we can help.