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Montgomery County 38-1-17 Magisterial District Court

If you’re scheduled to appear before the Magisterial District Judge Kenneth Deatelhauser in Montgomery County, you’re probably a bit nervous. That’s perfectly normal and Amato Sanita Law Offices is here to assist you every step of the way with fair and aggressive representation. This court handles summary offenses for low-level misdemeanors, the beginning phases such as preliminary arraignments and hearing for more serious matters and traffic offenses. The court also handles civil matters with damages sought of less than $12,000. Other matters that may be heard by this court include bench warrants, a notice to appear, and more. It’s important to note that criminal matters start in the magisterial district courts and progresses to the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. If you’re uncertain of where your case stands and are seeking representation, please get in touch with us right away at 267-738-7766 for more information.

The Magisterial District Court 38-1-17 is located in Souderton Borough and serves the following areas:

  • Hatfield Borough
  • Souderton Borough
  • Franconia Township
  • Hatfield voting districts 2, 3, and 4

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The Role of Magisterial District Courts in Montgomery County

There are 30 magisterial courts within Montgomery County alone with many more throughout the commonwealth. Magisterial Judges play a similar role as regular judges; however, they typically only hear the initial phases of non-summary offenses, such as felony cases. They’re elected officials that serve a six-year term. They are also informally known as Justices of the Peace; however, this is an outdated title that no longer has any practical application. Being an attorney or admission to the state bar association isn’t a requirement to become a Magisterial Judge. The state does provide training for these individuals that take do not hold bar credentials.

The Montgomery County Magisterial District Courts are where summary offenses are heard from beginning to end. These offenses are the lowest level of misdemeanor crimes in Pennsylvania; however, there can be rather serious consequences even for lower level offenses such as fines and jail time. Some of the most common cases heard in these courts include non-jury trial citation based cases such as:

  • Retail theft ($150 or less)
  • Criminal mischief
  • Harassment
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Public intoxication and more

Criminal Defense Attorneys for Souderton and Montgomery County Courts

Amato Sanita Law Offices has experience in the Magisterial District Courts in Souderton and elsewhere in Montgomery County. You might not consider a summary offense to be that serious, and you may even be tempted to just plead guilty just to be done with the case. What’s important to consider is that for repeat offenses, you could face up to 180 days of jail time and significant fines. Even first offenses can be punished with up to 90 days of jail time in addition to fines and restitution charges if the Magisterial Judge so orders. Having a competent attorney by your side will help you face the charges with someone fighting on your behalf to either have them reduced or even dismissed.

Get the Representation You Need with Amato Sanita Law Offices

Risking your reputation, relationships, and even your future isn’t worth it when you can have Amato Sanita Law Offices represent you. We have over 25 years of combined legal experience in criminal defense law. We handle everything that you could be facing in Montgomery County Magisterial District Courts. Our award-winning firm of experienced attorneys will listen to your concerns and will devise a winning strategy to handle your case efficiently and effectively. We’re always available and will answer your questions with our personable service. Our many testimonials of satisfied clients speak for themselves. Get in touch with us at 267-738-7766, and we’ll provide you with a free no-risk case evaluation, today.

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