When you are burdened with facing a criminal charge, it can be frightening, to say the least. You may not know what to do or where to turn. Your entire life is at stake and your family may be left in shambles if you are convicted. Your entire life will be turned upside down and in some cases, it was a simple misunderstanding. Do not leave your life hanging in the balance. Hire a Butler County PA criminal defense attorney to build a strong defense. SMT Legal will work to have your charges reduced or dropped. This will help you to move on with your life.
What Crimes Can SMT Legal Take on?
As experienced criminal defense attorneys, we have handled a variety of criminal cases including:
- 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
For the latest reporting year, the FBI found that there were 19 cases of aggravated assault in Butler county. This may not seem like very many but to those individuals, their lives are forever changed, they are now seen as violent criminals. They could have been charged with these crimes through no fault of their own or have had the charges upgraded because they did not have the proper legal defense.
Potential Penalties For These Crimes
Criminal offenses can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies. Certain issues will be charged as a summary offense. This type of offense can be upgraded if the circumstances fit the criteria. When it comes to misdemeanor offenses you can 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
Felony offenses carry much harsher penalties including:
- 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
You should also consider that with a criminal charge on your record you may potentially lose your driver’s license and your employment. You will also find it hard to apply for education or housing as a result. A criminal charge also has an emotional effect on your family and loved ones as they may have to spend some time without you. Call SMT Legal at 888-976-2529 today.