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Fight Your Pennsylvania Criminal Charge!
Arrested in PA? Get the facts about the charges you are facing!
The best way to get a realistic assessment of the likely penalties you are facing is by talking to an experienced criminal defense attorney, who can go over the specific facts of your case. There are a number of factors that go into determining what penalties you might receive if found guilty, including seriousness of the offense, prior record, the judge involved, and other mitigating facts.
If you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime in Pennsylvania, don’t assume that you can’t beat the charges! Almost any case can be won with a lot of skill, and a little luck. There are always defenses, and the best criminal defense lawyers will vigorously challenge every piece of evidence that the prosecutor presents. As a criminal defense lawyer, it is my job to fight for you, and hold the state to the highest possible standard before they can convict you. You are innocent until proven guilty.
Call us for a free criminal case evaluation to find out what your options are, and what we can do for you. (888) 412-3298
Pennsylvania Misdemeanor and Felony Charges
Under Pennsylvania Criminal Laws, crimes and penalties are categorized as either Felonies or Misdemeanors, with 3 subclasses of each. Felonies are broken into Felony 1 (F1), Felony 2 (F2), Felony 3 (F3), and likewise, Misdemeanor 1 (M1), Misdemeanor 2 (M2), and Misdemeanor 3 (M3), and there is also a category of Summary Offenses.
There are also unclassified/ungraded felonies, and unclassified/ungraded misdemeanors (such as 1st offense DUI charges). Some crimes have penalties that vary from strict adherence to these classifications, so please call for a consultation to discuss exactly what you may be facing in the worse case, and what is the realistic most likely outcome.
The maximum sentences for each crime category under Pennsylvania Criminal Laws are as follows:
|Category||Penalty||Some Example Charges|
|Felony 1||Up to 20 Years in Prison||Aggravated Assault w/a Deadly Weapon, Drug Distribution or Trafficking|
|Felony 2||Up to 10 Years in Prison||Burglary, Sexual Assault, Arson|
|Felony 3||Up to 7 Years in Prison||Drug Offenses, Firearms, Major Theft|
|Misdemeanor 1||Up to 5 Years in Prison||Simple Assault, Terroristic Threats, DUI (multiple offense)|
|Misdemeanor 2||Up to 2 Years in Prison||Retail Theft/Shoplifting, Fraud/Bad Checks|
|Misdemeanor 3||Up to 1 Year in Prison||Marijuana Possession, Petty Thefts|
|Summary Offense||Up to 90 days in Jail||Disorderly Conduct, many Traffic Offenses|
Talk to an Aggressive Criminal Defense Lawyer to Protect Your Rights!
We defend against all criminal charges in courts across Pennsylvania. Our attorneys work throughout Eastern PA & the Philadelphia metro area, and Western Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, PA metro also. If you’ve been accused of drug possession / possession of drug paraphernalia, simple assault, domestic assault, domestic violence, assault with a dangerous weapon, fraud, theft, shoplifting, disorderly conduct, harassment, indecent exposure, and more..
We also handle Pennsylvania criminal traffic charges, such as DUI license suspension, reckless driving or careless driving, operating on suspended license, and other PA criminal traffic, motor vehicle offenses. We’ve also successfully beaten speeding tickets and other civil traffic infractions.
We fight all types of PA criminal charges, including:
- drug possession / possession of drugs
- possession of marijuana
- possession of drug paraphernalia
- possession with intent to distribute
- assault / simple assault /aggravated assault
- domestic violence
- Violation of a Protection from Abuse Order (PFA)
- criminal mischief
- retail theft /shoplifting
- theft / theft by deception
- DUI license suspension
- disorderly conduct
- terroristic threats
- indecent exposure
- reckless driving / careless driving
- reckless endangering / endangerment
- risking catastrophe
- operating on suspended license
and many other charges.
We can also help with criminal record expungement.
Please call for a free, no obligation criminal defense legal consultation on any charge in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Call us now at (888) 412-3298.
- The Attorneys of Pennsylvania-Criminal-Defense.com
Further legal reference: PA Criminal Code Offense Listings
We represent clients in criminal cases across Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Lebanon, Carlisle and Lancaster, and Bucks, Montgomery, Northampton, and Lehigh Counties, as well as all of Western PA, the Pittsburgh, Pa metro area, South Hills, and Century III areas, including Greensburg, Mt Lebanon, Kittanning, Cranberry, Allegheny County, Westmoreland County, Washington County. Call today, no obligation!