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Walking through the doors at a Montgomery County Magisterial District Court can cause anxiety. It doesn’t matter what offense you have been charged with, be it running a stopping sign, driving with an expired or suspended license, or shoplifting from a local retailer. This is especially true if this is your first interaction with the criminal justice system.
The last thing you want to do is to face the criminal justice system on your own. It is imperative that you have experienced attorneys by your side. They will be able to help you understand the charges that are being presented, answer your questions, and represent you in your criminal case or your traffic case. Amato Sanita Law Offices have handled hundreds of cases in Pennsylvania’s Magisterial Courts. We care for our clients and aggressively defend them.
You will likely appear before Magisterial District Judge, Karen Eisner Zucker, if you have received a notification to appear in Montgomery County Magisterial District Court 38 – 2 – 04 located in Narberth. Or you may appear before the same judge if you have received a traffic citation, preliminary hearing, preliminary arraignment, are involved in a non-jury trial, or have received a bench warrant in this court.
If you have been requested to appear for traffic and non-traffic citations, you may appear in the Magisterial District Court in Bala Cynwyd. This court is a minor court. Preliminary arraignments, landlord/tenant disputes, civil cases that have damage claims up to $12,000, and preliminary hearings for criminal cases are handled in Montgomery County Magisterial District Courts.
All summary defenses are decided in Montgomery County Magisterial District Courts. This is the lowest level offense in the state of Pennsylvania. Included in these are:
• Disorderly conduct
• Driving with a suspended license
• First defense shoplifting (items under $150)
• Underage drinking
Magisterial judges, the ones who are responsible for presiding over Magisterial District Courts in Pennsylvania, have the authority to perform marriages and administer oaths.
Criminal cases in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania start in one of the 30 Magisterial District Courts that are located in Montgomery County. A preliminary arraignment and a preliminary hearing are typically what starts misdemeanor and felony cases. The subsequent step for felonies and misdemeanors is the case being addressed by the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.
You may think that being charged with a traffic offense or a minor criminal offense is something that you can handle on your own. The truth is that in Montgomery County, you will benefit from having an experienced defense attorney. The attorney you select may vary, depending on the circumstances of your case.
Even something that is perceived as a minor offense, for example, a summary offense, can lead to great problems for you and those who you love. When a person is convicted of a summary offense, there exists the possibility of them facing up to 90 days in jail along with a fine of up to $300. If you have a prior conviction, you may spend up to 180 days in jail.
It might appear that pleading guilty to a summary offense is the easiest thing to do. It allows you to put the experience behind you and move on. What many people fail to realize is that the outcome of this case can have a long-lasting impact on their future.
Depending on how the case plays out, you could land in jail. This could put your employment at risk and disrupt your life. You may have a criminal record that will have long-lasting implications for you. Your chances of having a positive outcome in court may increase if you retain a criminal defense attorney who has experience in defending their client against summary offense charges. You want a lawyer who has worked in the Pennsylvania Magisterial District Court and knows their way around it.
There is a chance that based on circumstances the charges may be dismissed or the charges against you may be lessened. For example, if you are charged with driving with a suspended license, your attorney may examine the case and try to prove that you were driving because of an emergency or that you had not received proper notification of the suspension.