Many people who are charged with a misdemeanor crime in Pennsylvania make the mistake of assuming that because it is a misdemeanor, that the punishments will be negligible. Nothing could be further from the truth! Even though misdemeanor crimes are punished less severely than felony crimes, the penalties will still have a serious impact on your life and the lives of your loved ones. Jail time, heavy fines, community service, mandatory counseling and probation can seriously interfere with your life!
Additionally, there are many crimes in Pennsylvania that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony based on the severity of the crime and the circumstances surrounding it. Over-aggressive prosecutor's will often elevate a misdemeanor charge to a felony with little to no notice to you. The consequences of this action and be devastating!
Only an experienced, knowledgeable defense attorney will be able to anticipate this kind of move, and protect you against it.
In most cases, hiring an attorney for your misdemeanor charge is critical. In most cases, I will be able to appear on your behalf in court without you having to take time out of your day and without missing work. I will work hard to increase the chances that the charges against you will be dismissed or reduced, so you can continue living your life and enjoying your freedoms and rights as a Pennsylvania citizen.
You can't afford to go to jail or carry around a permanent criminal record. You need someone who will fight aggressively on your behalf, and who will give you the legal edge you need to obtain the best possible outcome in your case. Contact me today to schedule a consultation.