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Professional Criminal Law Attorneys Providing a Strong Defense Against Misdemeanor Charges

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Are you facing charges for a misdemeanor offense in Pennsylvania? If so, don’t make the mistake of thinking misdemeanors crimes are not a big deal — if convicted, you could be sentenced to up to five years in jail and required to pay costly fines. The experienced defense lawyers at Platt, DiGiorgio & DiFabio handle misdemeanor cases in Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties on a regular basis. We know the strategies used by the prosecution, and we can help build a strong defense for you.

Misdemeanors in PA

There are numerous offenses considered misdemeanor crimes. Classification for misdemeanor crimes in Pennsylvania range from first degree to third degree, with first degree misdemeanors carrying the harshest penalties for a misdemeanor offense.  A misdemeanor of the first degree carries a potential sentence of up to five years in jail. An individual convicted of a misdemeanor in the second degree may be sentenced to a maximum of two years in jail, and a third degree misdemeanor conviction may result up to a year in jail.

Below are examples of misdemeanor offenses in Pennsylvania:

  • Simple Assault
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Simple Assault
  • Driving under the influence
  • Certain theft offenses
  • False identification to law enforcement
  • Recklessly endangering another person

These are just a few misdemeanor offenses in Pennsylvania. If police arrest you for any type of crime, do not hesitate to contact a reputable team of criminal defense attorneys. Your case is not hopeless. With an experienced attorney by your side, you may beat the charges.

Criminal offenses in New Jersey

Crimes in New Jersey are classified differently than in Pennsylvania.  In New Jersey, crimes are distinguished by degrees. New Jersey designates an offense as being in the first, second, third or fourth degree, with first degree crimes considered the most serious.  Also, there are disorderly persons offenses in New Jersey that are graded below the various degrees, but still may entail severe penalties.

How a misdemeanor conviction can affect your life

The criminal justice system classifies crimes into three categories in Pennsylvania: misdemeanors, felonies and summary offenses. Although misdemeanors are not as serious as felonies, they are crimes nonetheless. If convicted of a misdemeanor, you will have a criminal record. This can make obtaining future employment or acceptance into a university, especially difficult.

If charged with a felony, misdemeanor or summary offense, our skilled criminal defense team can help you.

Contact us for help with misdemeanor offenses

Platt, DiGiorgio & DiFabio handles every criminal defense case with professionalism and skill. To speak to one of our experienced lawyers about a misdemeanor case in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, call us today at 267-388-1599 or contact us online.