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If you ever get summoned to court, you will likely have that hollow pit form in the bottom of your stomach. The prospect of going before a judge can be a bit worrisome, even if you have gone through it before. There are quite a few different charges that can lead you to this point. This includes running through a red light, sending a text message that is considered to be harassing in nature, or shoplifting clothes from the local department store. Whatever the issue might be that has you summoned to Delaware County’s 32-1-21 Magisterial District Court, you will likely face a bit of anxiety as the day approaches.
Whenever you get summoned to court, you need to have a professional and experienced attorney from our office with you. It is quite possible that you will have many questions or concerns prior to your appearance. We will be able to answer each one of those for you and help you to put your mind at rest. It might be a criminal case or you may need to answer for a traffic violation that you recently received. We have successfully defended hundreds of clients in the 21-1-21 Magisterial District Court of Delaware County, so it will be our pleasure to do the same for you.
Where Do You Need To Go?
You will want to know where the Magisterial District Court 32-1-21 is actually located. It is in Chester and is on the Delaware River. You will find it between Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware. The election districts that comprise this particular Magisterial District Court include Wards 3 through 7 in the City of Chester.
It is important to keep in mind that there is more than one Magisterial District Court in the City of Chester. As such, you will want to double check the notice that you received in order to make sure that you go to the right place. If you have any questions about this, you can always consult with your lawyer ahead of time. Keep in mind that the Magisterial District Court is considered to be a minor court that is designed to render decisions on every traffic and non-traffic related citation issued within its boundaries. The court also takes care of most preliminary arraignment and hearings that involve criminal cases, disputes between landlords and tenants, and certain civil cases where the claim is less than $12,000.
Summary Offenses and Criminal Cases
If you have been charged with a summary offense, the lowest possible level of crime in Pennsylvania, then you will need to appear in the Magisterial District Court. Some of the offenses that are included in the category include the following:
Do not make the mistake of thinking that any of charges are not serious. They are. If you are convicted of any of them, the consequences can be severe. You will discover that your hearing is presided over by a magisterial judge who is empowered to administer oaths and to perform marriages.
If you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, you will find that your case likely begins with a preliminary hearing in one of the 33 Magisterial District Courts located across Delaware County. After that hearing, most cases will be transferred to the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas.
Make Sure You Have a Criminal Defense Attorney
You do not want to make an appearance in court on any criminal or traffic-related matter without a professional and experienced lawyer standing right by your side. They can advise you when to refrain from answering a question and they will take a look at the evidence against you. It is their advice that you can lean on to get through this difficult time in your life.