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It can be stressful thinking about what to say in front of the judge when you have your day in a Bucks County Magisterial District Court. You likely want to put the entire affair behind you. We are here to help. The lawyers at Amato Sanita law Offices have years of experience defending clients in Bucks County.
There are many reasons why you may have received a notification to appear in front of a judge. These courts handle summary offences, like breaking windows after a football game, fighting outside a bar and disrupting the public, loitering, running a red light, or other forms of traffic violations. While you know that there is a possibility that you may walk away simply paying a fine and with no criminal record, you likely have many worries in the back of your mind and wonder what the judge will say and what type of punishment will be meted out to you.
Our lawyers are familiar with the justice system and the laws related to summary offences. We will form a defense strategy that can prove your innocence or help you get the best outcome in court, perhaps getting the charges against you dropped.
What You Should Know about Bucks County Magisterial District Courts
Once you receive your paperwork, you will know which courtroom you will need to appear in and the date that you need to be there. You should know that throughout Bucks County there are 20 Magisterial District courts. If your summons is from District Court 07-1-02, you will need to appear in the courthouse located in Bristol. This is northeast of Philadelphia. You should be aware of the fact that Bristol is home to two court houses and both are located on Bath Street. Take the time to figure out which court you need to attend to arrive at the right location on your court date.
Magisterial District Judge, Frank W. Peranteau, Sr. will preside over your case if your notification is from District Court 07-1-02. He will preside over your case if your notification is for a traffic citation, preliminary hearing, preliminary arraignment, non-jury trial, or bench warrant.
More than 130,000 cases are handled throughout Bucks County in Magisterial District Courts each year. About 10,000 of these cases involve criminal charges. Misdemeanors and felonies will start in these courts and then may make their way up to the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas.
The most common types of cases that are dealt with in Magisterial District Courts are summary offences. These are the least serious offences in the state of Pennsylvania. They involve traffic and non-traffic citations. Examples of summary offences include criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, underage drinking, shoplifting, and driving with a suspended license.
How a Criminal Defense Attorney Could Benefit You In a Bristol Courtroom
If you are being summoned to this court because of a summary offence, like underage drinking or disorderly conduct, it is possible that you will be charged a fine. It is also possible that you may spend some time in jail, up to 90 days if it is your first offence.
Some individuals have the idea that they will just plead guilty to a minor offence, pay a fine, and put the whole thing behind them. This is shortsighted thinking. This thinking fails to take into consideration the consequences of spending time in jail or having a criminal record. If you have to spend 90 days in jail, you may not have a job when you get out. Think of what that would do to your finances, family, and ability to get a job in the future. You may lose your driver’s license. This would negatively affect your entire life.
One of the attorneys at Amato Sanita Law Offices can help to build a defense to help get your charges dropped or lessened. For example, individuals who are charged with disorderly conduct may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. The attorney could use surveillance video or eyewitnesses to prove that there is not enough evidence to charge you with the crime.