Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyer
For many individuals, facing a criminal accusation is one of the most upsetting and challenging times in their lives. A criminal conviction, whatever its nature may be, can lead to a wide variety of serious consequences that can disrupt or completely change your day to day life. Oftentimes, a criminal conviction can lead to lengthy sentences in jail or prison, as well as huge restitution fines.
In addition to the more “standard” penalties, certain crimes can even come with their own offense-specific set of legal consequences. For example, a person convicted of a DUI may find their license revoked for a set period of time, while a person convicted of a sex offense may find themselves marked for inclusion on a sex offender registry.
Types of Criminal Charges in Pennsylvania
Whatever the criminal nature of the accusations being levied against you, Young, Marr & Associates is ready to help. Over the past two decades, our Pennsylvania criminal defense attorneys have represented thousands of diverse cases. It is our stance that all of our clients are innocent until proven guilty, and we fight aggressively to uphold justice and to ensure a fair trial. Our attorneys pursue criminal defense litigation on the behalf of clients facing charges pertaining to:
- Domestic Violence
- Probation Violation
- Traffic Violations
- Sex Crimes
- White Collar Crimes
In addition to handling a wide variety of criminal charges, we are also committed to be being accessible to our clients. We understand that you are fighting one of the most stressful battles of your life, and we strive to mitigate that strain by making ourselves convenient and easy to reach. We have six Pennsylvania office locations serving:
- Lower Bucks County (including Bristol, Bensalem, Langhorne, Newtown)
- Central Bucks County (including Doylestown, Chalfont, New Hope, Warrington)
- Upper Bucks County (including Durham, Milford, Perkasie, Quakertown)
- Montgomery County (including Bryn Mawr, Norristown, King of Prussia)
- Lehigh County (including Allentown, Emmaus, Wilbur, Slatington)
- Philadelphia County
Misdemeanors vs. Felonies in Pennsylvania
Like many states, Pennsylvania breaks down serious criminal offenses into two broad categories: misdemeanors, and felonies. While misdemeanors are comparatively less serious than felony charges, even a misdemeanor conviction can trigger incarceration and fines, and can remain on your criminal record for years to come. As long as a conviction is on your criminal record, it can be seen by potential landlords and employers, meaning that even a decades-old offense could continue to wreak havoc on your life.
Misdemeanors and felonies are both broken down further by numeric degree. A felony or a misdemeanor will be classified as either 3rd, 2nd, or 1st Degree. A lower number indicates a more severe classification than a higher number, meaning that a 1st Degree Felony would be the most serious classification an offense could receive. As this implies, crimes of a more severe degree are in turn eligible to be punished more harshly.
Pennsylvania Penalties for Misdemeanors and Felonies by Class
The legal penalties for criminal convictions in Pennsylvania vary, based largely upon the severity and nature of the offense. However, it is also important to note that having a history of prior offenses can intensify the consequences an individual may receive. In addition, many crimes come with their own list of “aggravating factors” which can worsen the situation where present. (For example, the penalties for the crime of simple drug possession are amplified if the possession occurs near a school zone.)
3rd Degree Misdemeanor
- Maximum Sentence: 1 year
- Maximum Fine: $2,500
2nd Degree Misdemeanor
- Maximum Sentence: 2 years
- Maximum Fine: $5,000
1st Degree Misdemeanor
- Maximum Sentence: 5 years
- Maximum Fine: $10,000
3rd Degree Felony
- Maximum Sentence: 7 years
- Maximum Fine: $15,000
2nd Degree Felony
- Maximum Sentence: 10 years
- Maximum Fine: $25,000
1st Degree Felony
- Maximum Sentence: 20 years
- Maximum Fine: $25,000
It should also be noted that in the case of murder or attempted murder, the maximum fine increases to $50,000.
Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Attorneys Offering Free Consultations
If you or someone you love is facing criminal charges related to assault, DUI, murder, forgery, domestic violence, rape, robbery, white collar crimes, theft, probation violation, narcotics, sex crimes, or traffic violations, it is critical that you retain an experienced and aggressive team of Pennsylvania criminal defense attorneys to litigate on your behalf in court. Contact the law offices of Young, Marr & Associates online, or call us at (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania. Our legal consultations are always private, and your initial consultation is free.
NO JAIL TIME
Commonwealth v. "H" (DUI case)
Client was charged with three separate DUI cases calling for mandatory minimum imprisonment of 90 days on each case. Client was advised to seek immediate intensive alcohol counseling. Client was sentenced to 1 year of house arrest after serving 3 days in the county prison.
Commonwealth v. "C" (Felony drug/Firearms case)
Client was charged with felony Delivery of drugs and illegal gun possession and was facing a mandatory 3-6 year prison sentence in the State prison system. Client was sentenced to one year of house arrest.
Commonwealth v. "S"
Client was charged with simple assault, domestic. After a hearing where evidence and testimony was presented, the entire case was dismissed by Judge Leonard Brown.
State of New Jersey v. "H"
Charges for young man charged with second degree aggravated assault were downgraded to third degree and he was accepted into the County Pretrial Intervention program with charges to be dismissed and record expunged after one year of misconduct free behavior.
OUR CRIMINAL DEFENSE TEAM INCLUDES TWO FORMER DISTRICT ATTORNEYS
We have decades of experience dealing with local police departments, prosecutors, and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Anyone facing charges involving a criminal offense can expect to experience a heightened degree of emotional turmoil, for themselves, as well as their family members. Our team of highly qualified criminal law attorneys and expert legal support staff are committed to providing each of our client’s with the compassion and understanding they deserve, as well as an aggressive plan for representation at an affordable price.
As former prosecutors, we have a balanced and in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system and how the prosecution prepares cases. In addition, we have long-standing experience dealing with local police departments, prosecutors and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
At Young, Marr and Associates, when we say “experience matters,” we mean it. Our lawyers, which include two former prosecutors and a former senior deputy district attorney bring more than three decades of criminal law experience, handling more than 10,000 criminal cases. It is precisely that experience that allows us to achieve outstanding results for our clients facing DUI, traffic, felony and misdemeanor charges in state, federal and juvenile courts.