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Any trepidation that you feel about what awaits you when entering a Montgomery County Magisterial District Court is understandable. Even if the alleged offense seems relatively minor, such as shoplifting from a retailer or running a red light, there is no guarantee about what you are going to experience.
This is why it is important that you have the backing of an experienced attorney. An experienced attorney may be able to represent you in your traffic or criminal case. They can stand by your side and answer questions that you have and provide you with the information you need in order to have the best outcome.
Amato Sanita Law Offices have handled numerous cases in Pennsylvania’s Magisterial Courts. This defense is presented in a way that reflects care for the client while at the same time aggressively defending their client.
Your notification may require you to appear at Montgomery County Magisterial District Court 38–2–02. You may appear in this court for a traffic citation, a preliminary arraignment, a bench warrant, or a non-jury trial. If this is the case, you will appear before Catherine M. Hummel Fried, the Magisterial District Judge.
The Delaware River Valley watershed is the home of Magisterial District Court 38–2–02. This Magisterial District Court covers the following election districts:
• East Greenville Borough
• Upper Salford Township
• Red Hill Borough
• Upper Hanover Township
• Green Lane Borough
• Marlborough Township
• Salford Township
Magisterial District Court 38–2–02 is a minor court. In this court non-traffic citations and traffic citations are dealt with. This court is also responsible for handling preliminary hearings and preliminary arraignments for criminal cases. Civil cases that have damages under $12,000 are dealt with as well as landlord/tenant disputes.
All summary offenses are decided in the Montgomery County Magisterial District Courts. This is the least serious offense level in Pennsylvania. Included in this are crimes such as:
• Disorderly conduct
• Underage drinking
• Criminal mischief
• First defense retail theft (items under $150)
• Driving with a suspended license
The judges who oversee Pennsylvania’s Magisterial District Courts have the ability to perform marriages as well as administer oaths.
Most criminal cases get their start in Montgomery County’s 30 Magisterial District Courts. Felony cases and misdemeanors start with preliminary hearings and preliminary arraignments. The next phase of the process in the court system for a felony or misdemeanor is the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.
It is easy for a person to think that if they are charged with a summary offense, it’s better to plead guilty than to spend the time and money fighting the case in court. The truth is that if convicted of a summary offense, a person may face a fine of up to $300 and or spend 90 days in jail.
When you are charged with a summary offense, it’s tempting to want to plead guilty and get the whole thing over with. You might even think that you have the skill set needed to defend yourself in court. You need to remember that the outcome of this case will have long-term ramifications.
Possible jail time is just the beginning. You may lose your job because of missing days of work, and you may end up with a criminal record that could haunt you for many years.
It is important for you to have the services of an experienced criminal defense lawyer who is able to defend you against summary offense charges with the goal of helping you have a positive outcome. You want your attorney to be experienced with Pennsylvania Magisterial District Courts. You want them to be able to give you sound advice. Depending on the circumstances of the case, the attorney may get the charges lessened or even dismissed.
For example, you may be charged with disorderly conduct. But it could simply be a case of you being in the wrong location at the wrong moment. Your attorney might find eyewitnesses or even CCTV video that show that there is not enough evidence to prove your guilt.