A criminal offense can change your life forever whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony the results can be catastrophic. This does not only affect you but your family as well. You may be unable to get a job or even lose your driver’s license. You will be unable to apply for college or housing in some cases.
When you are facing a criminal charge it is crucial to have a criminal defense attorney. on your side. SMT Legal is standing by to help you beat those criminal charges so you can move on with your life. We have the drive and the resources to investigate every aspect of your case and build a solid defense.
What Crimes do we Help With?
Allegheny County is not known for its violent crimes and has only had 36 cases of violent crime according to the FBI during their latest reporting year. Although you may not be charged with a violent crime, there are several other crimes that you may be charged with. Our law office can build a strong defense if you are charged with the following crimes:
- Theft charges
- Property crimes
- Sex crimes
- White-collar crimes
- Weapons charges
- Robbery charges
- Child pornography
- Retail theft
- Drug crimes
- DUI charges
- Summary Offenses
- Terroristic threats
These can seem extreme to most people but even a simple misunderstanding can leave you facing a criminal charge listed above. Do not wait to call SMT Legal to discuss your legal options.
Possible Penalties You Can Face
When you are facing a criminal charge there are different categories that the offense can fall under. Depending on which category the offense falls under will also determine the penalties you may be facing.
- Summary offense: Fines up to $300 and a minimum of 90 days in jail
- Third-degree misdemeanor: fines up to $2,500 and six months to one year in prison
- Second-degree misdemeanor: Fines up to $5,000 and one to two years in prison
- First-degree misdemeanor: Fines up to $10,000 and 2.5 to five years in prison
You must note that a summary offense can be upgraded depending on the past criminal history of the defendant. The following are penalties for felony offenses:
- Third-degree felony: fines up to $15,000 and 3.5 to seven years in prison
- Second-degree felony: fines up to $25,000 and five to 10 years in prison
- First-degree felony: fines up to $25,000 and 10 to 20 years in prison
The penalties can be frightening especially when you consider that this can impact where you live and work.
How a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
If you are facing a criminal charge you will need a strong defense built by an Allegheny County PA criminal defense attorney. We will work to reduce or dismiss charges completely so you can move on with the rest of your life. Call SMT Legal at 888-976-2529 to discuss your case today.