You never expect that you, or someone close to you, will ever be in trouble. Experience tells us that trouble too often has a way of finding us, our families and our friends. When that happens, you need an experienced attorney to help you navigate a criminal justice system arrayed against you.
Upon being contacted by the police, your first response should be to call the Pennsylvania attorneys at Willig, Williams & Davidson Willig; your first action must be to protect yourself and those close to you. There are no "minor" crimes. From misdemeanors (such as Simple Assault and Retail Theft), to felonies (such as Aggravated Assault, Robbery and Burglary), from traffic violations to drunk driving charges, you need to act quickly to protect your rights. Any criminal prosecution may lead to incarceration and the loss of reputation, job and the life you have come to know. A juvenile prosecution may lead to a record which can affect later employment and educational opportunities including financial aid; it may lead to placement in a juvenile facility. A citation for what seems to be a minor traffic violation, may lead to the suspension of your driver’s license or commercial driver’s license, loss of employment and the life-changing events that flow from those losses.
You need someone to stand with you to ensure that your rights are protected. From obtaining pre-trial diversion programs to jury trial, we will seek the best outcome on behalf of our clients. We have over 25 years experience on behalf of working families in the defense of criminal charges, traffic violations and driver’s license suspensions.
It is our job to fight for you. We take our job very seriously.
Criminal Penalties in Pennsylvania
Summary Offenses in Pennsylvania carry a potential sentence up to 3 months plus fines up to $300.00. Common summary offenses handled by Willig, Williams & Davidson include: Disorderly Conduct, Harassment, Retail Theft, Underage Drinking.
Misdemeanors in Pennsylvania carry a potential sentence ranging from 6 months to 5 years incarceration plus fines up to $10,000. Common misdemeanor charges handled by Willig, Williams & Davidson include: Simple Assault, Terroristic Threats, Retail Theft, Contempt of Protection Orders.
Felonies in Pennsylvania carry a potential sentence ranging from 7 to 20 years incarceration and substantial fines up to $25,000. Common felony charges handled by Willig, Williams & Davidson: Aggravated Assault, Robbery, Burglary, Rape, Insurance Fraud, Theft.
Drunk Driving or Driving Under the Influence or DUI are all names for offenses in Pennsylvania involving drinking and driving. In most cases, drunk driving convictions carry mandatory jail sentences ranging from 48 hours to one year and mandatory license suspensions ranging from 12 to 18 months. Pre-trial diversion programs may be available to avoid jail time and limit license suspensions.
Juvenile Delinquency Petitions are brought to prosecute criminal acts allegedly committed by those under the age of 18.
Traffic Violations in Pennsylvania may lead to “points” on your license which will affect your insurance rates and may lead to the suspension of your driver’s license. Many traffic violations lead to the automatic suspension of your operating privileges. You must act quickly to preserve those privileges and to file an appeal of any decision against you in Court or by the Department of Transportation.
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