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Our Philadelphia criminal lawyers have over 25 years
of combined legal practice – handling some of the
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SKA Law is a premier, Philadelphia criminal defense law firm, founded by professional criminal attorneys. We take on cases other law firms turn down, because we know how to fight – and when to negotiate. Our goal is to get you the best outcome possible. No fluff. No nonsense. Our focus is results.

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Fewer Clients. Better Service And Results

SKA Law takes on fewer clients than other firms – it’s because we believe that taking on fewer clients means we can provide more service, and better results.

25 Years Of Legal Practice

Our firm has over 25 years of combined legal practice. Our Philadelphia criminal attorneys have been recognized by the top lawyer ranking services.

24/7 Customer Service

Our Philadelphia criminal attorneys are available 24/7- regardless of the holiday, or time of week. We are always available to help you.

Concierge Service

We take on fewer clients than other firms. Each client works 1:1 on with one of our senior attorneys.

Criminal Attorneys Philadelphia

We Protect Your Freedom And Your Future.

At the law offices of Amato T Sanita, Esq, this is more than just a slogan – it’s our philosophy, and belief. Our goal is to protect your freedom, and to ensure your future is protected. By working with our firm, you get legal representation when you need it the most for your criminal case in Philadelphia. We understand that dealing with the criminal system is overwhelming – the consequences cannot be underestimated. Regardless of whether it’s a small misdemeanor, or a severe federal crime, you need to understand the legal process – how it impacts you – and a Philadelphia criminal defense attorney, who will work for you. Our Philadelphia criminal lawyers treat each case as it’s own unique situation, and work hard to uncover evidence that will get you the best possible outcome. Founding partner Amato Sanita, understands that you’re very concerned about possible sentences, and issues in the future you might face. There are many aspects to a criminal defense case. Our goal is to show the court you didn’t commit the crime and/or don’t deserve the maximum sentence for the crime you’re accused of committing. Regardless of whether it’s a drug offense, assault charge, or bank fraud, our Philadelphia criminal lawyers work tirelessly to represent your interests in court.

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Our firm has over 25 years of combined legal practice – handling some of the toughest cases in the country.

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CASE DISMISSED

Statutory Sexual Assault

Aggravated Assault can be charged against someone if they cause or attempt to cause “serious bodily injury” to another person. Serious bodily injury within Pennsylvania is defined as injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ (18 Pa.C.S. Sec. 2301). If convicted of Aggravated Assault, the crime is graded as a felony in the first degree.

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Aggravated Indecent Assault

Serious Bodily Injured

Aggravated Assault can be charged against someone if they cause or attempt to cause “serious bodily injury” to another person. Serious bodily injury within Pennsylvania is defined as injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ (18 Pa.C.S. Sec. 2301). If convicted of Aggravated Assault, the crime is graded as a felony in the first degree.

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CASE DISMISSED

Harassment

FACED 3 YEARS IN PRISON

Aggravated Assault can be charged against someone if they cause or attempt to cause “serious bodily injury” to another person. Serious bodily injury within Pennsylvania is defined as injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ (18 Pa.C.S. Sec. 2301). If convicted of Aggravated Assault, the crime is graded as a felony in the first degree.

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False Imprisonment

15 YEARS IN PRISON

Aggravated Assault can be charged against someone if they cause or attempt to cause “serious bodily injury” to another person. Serious bodily injury within Pennsylvania is defined as injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ (18 Pa.C.S. Sec. 2301). If convicted of Aggravated Assault, the crime is graded as a felony in the first degree.

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Delaware County 32-1-35 Magisterial District Court  HTML view Note

If you have been ignoring that summons to appear in from of the Magisterial District Court hoping that the day will never come, you are well aware that it eventually will. If you or a loved one is facing an upcoming court day, you might be feeling a bit uneasy at the moment. You have some questions that you need to have answered, and it would be nice to have a firm strategy in mind before you step through the doors of the court. This is why you will want to meet with us and get a professional criminal defense lawyer working on your case right from the start.

Our office has many qualified lawyers who experience fighting for hundreds of clients just like you in Upper Darby. We provide each client with a vigorous defense. This matters because our goal is to get you found innocent of the charges or to get a reduced sentence if you are. You do not want to trust this outcome to a public defender or an inexperienced lawyer who is not really looking out for your best interests.

Some Particulars About the Magisterial District Court

You will find that the Magisterial District Court 32-1-35 is located in Upper Darby in the Barclay Square Building on 1550 Garrett Road. This is only about three miles from the downtown district of Philadelphia. You will want to make special note of the fact that there is more than one Magisterial District Court located in Upper Darby, so ensure that you check your paperwork ahead of time so that you go to the correct building.

The Magisterial District Court is considered to be a minor court, but this does not mean that the charges heard and discussed are not serious. You will find that virtually all traffic and non-traffic citations are heard by this court. In addition, if you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony, it is likely that you will be asked to attend a preliminary arraignment or hearing here. The court also settles disputes between landlords and tenants, and it will hear civil cases where the value of alleged damages is under $12,000. The court is under the direction of Magisterial District Judge Ann Berardocco.

Getting Ready For Your Court Appearance

Magisterial District Courts in Delaware County are tasked with the responsibility of dealing with most summary offenses. These are relatively minor issues, but they come with big consequences if you are convicted. Charges can range from the following: Criminal mischief, alleged disorderly misconduct, drinking under the age of 21, driving with a license that has been suspended by the state, and shoplifting charges where the value of the merchandise is under $150. The judge in this court is also able to administer legal oaths and conduct marriages.

It is interesting to note that there are actually a total of 33 different Magisterial District Courts located across Delaware County. This is where virtually every criminal case will start, no matter if it is a misdemeanor or felony. You will be asked to make an appearance here for your preliminary hearing or arraignment. While this might be a very short meeting, it is extremely important. You want the best and most qualified criminal defense lawyer there with you. After this hearing, the case will be transferred to the Court of Common Pleas.

The validity of traffic citations is also decided by the Magisterial District Court. You will want to fight any such violation, and our office can help with you that. In addition to a fine, you are looking at points being added to your driver’s record if you are found guilty. You want to avoid this if at all possible.

IF you have received a notice to appear in Magisterial District Court 32-1-35, call us straight away. Allow us to explain how these hearings work and what we can do to best represent you in court.

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Firearm Carried W/O License

Montgomery 12/2016

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