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As your court date approaches, you may be worried or anxious about what you are facing. Before you appear in Montgomery County Magisterial District Court, you need to talk with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
A knowledgeable attorney can answer questions and represent you in front of the court, whether it’s for criminal charges or a traffic offense. The Law Offices of Amato Sanita has appeared in Pennsylvania’s Magisterial Courts representing hundreds of clients. We offer our clients caring counsel and a solid defense.
Your summons may indicate that you need to appear in Montgomery County Magisterial District Court 38-1-11 in Pottstown. You will appear before Magisterial District Judge Scott T. Palladino. The summons may be for a bench warrant, a non-jury trial, a preliminary hearing, a preliminary arraignment, or a traffic citation.
The Montgomery County Magisterial District Court 38-1-11 is located in Pottstown, about 32 miles northwest of central Philadelphia. This court covers Pottstown Borough’s Voting Districts 2-1, 2-2, 3, 4 and 5, as well as West Pottsgrove Township.
Pottstown has two Magisterial District Courts. It’s important to check your paperwork, so you appear in the correct court.
Montgomery County Magisterial District Courts have jurisdiction to decide traffic and non-traffic citations, along with landlord-tenant disputes and civil cases for damages under $12,000. The court also presides over preliminary hearings and arraignments in criminal cases.
The Magisterial District Courts in Montgomery County
Pennsylvania Magisterial District Courts decide all cases involving summary offenses. These charges are the least serious ones in the Pennsylvania criminal justice system. These offenses can include underage drinking, criminal mischief, first time shoplifting, harassment, disorderly conduct, and driving with a suspended license.
The Magisterial District Courts have a magisterial judge assigned who can administer oaths and perform marriages, along with presiding over other proceedings.
Montgomery County has a total of 30 Magisterial District Courts. All criminal cases start at this court level. That means all preliminary hearings and arraignments for both misdemeanors and felonies occur here. After these preliminary proceedings, the cases them move to the next higher level, the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.
When you are charged with a traffic offense or a criminal charge, you need an experienced defense attorney. Depending on the details of your case, the attorney can offer several strategies for defense.
Why You Need An Experienced Attorney With You In A Pottstown Courtroom
The outcome of any criminal court case can have serious consequences. Take a summary offense for example. If you are convicted of a summary offense, the judge can remand you to jail for up to 90 days and fine you up to $300. If you already have a prior conviction, the sentence could go up to 180 days in jail.
While it might be tempting to just plead guilty and get it over with, that is not a smart move. Going to jail for even 90 days will change your future. While you are in jail, you could lose your job. You could get kicked out of your residence. If you have family that depends on you, they could struggle while you are in jail. When you get out, you may not be able to get a job or a decent place to live because you have a criminal record.
Before you walk into Montgomery County Magisterial District Court 38-1-11, you need to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney. Your lawyer can defend you against the charges and help you get a positive outcome. The attorney knows how the Magisterial District Court works. You can get sound advice on your case, and, in some circumstances, you may get the charges lessened or even dismissed.
For example, a common charge that appears in front of the courts is underage drinking. If your beverage wasn’t alcoholic, the attorney can gather evidence or get witness testimony to build your defense.
Call The Law Offices of Amato Sanita today.