Much more severe than misdemeanor charges, a felony conviction in Pennsylvania has the potential to put you in prison for decades, life or even be sentenced to death.
In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, there are different gradings for felonies – first, second and third degree, known as the Offense Gravity Score. A first-degree felony is the most severe grade and could put you in prison for up to 20 years.
There are other indirect consequences to being a convicted felon, including what will happen to your family and children, having a difficult time gaining employment once released, and not being able to own a firearm.
If you are facing felony charges, it is important to not feel hopeless or powerless
Until you have been convicted of a felony you have many options in defending your innocence, your rights and your liberties.
The criminal attorneys at SMT Legal understand the implications that felony charges have on your life and we are compassionate to your situation and want to help you and your family make it through this difficult time.
It is important to speak with a skilled lawyer immediately after being charged in order to have the best chance of building a strong legal defense.
Call our experienced and aggressive Pittsburgh Criminal Lawyers for a free legal consultation.
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Some people may be under the impression that convicted felons must have murdered someone or sexually assaulted a child, but felonies do not have to be violent in nature.
Theft over a certain amount is considered a felony. Selling illegal drugs over a certain quantity is a felony. And a DUI with Aggravated Assault is also a felony. Pennsylvania has very strict penalties against all criminal offenses.
The types of crimes that are usually classified as a felony could include:
Sentencing guidelines for a felony conviction are as follows:
The consequences of a felony will deeply affect your future – getting a job, finding housing, receiving certain government aid could all be difficult. In addition, you may lose other civil rights like being able to own a firearm and the right to vote.
Remember: until you are convicted and proven guilty, you are innocent.
HOW SMT Legal CAN HELP
When your future and freedom are on the line, you need an excellent attorney who is going to work aggressively to defend your rights – someone who is compassionate and cares about you and your family.
Pittsburgh Attorney Christopher Thomas is skilled and experienced at winning tough cases and fighting for the charges to be reduced or dropped altogether. He is extremely knowledgeable about the Pennsylvania legal system and resourceful in gathering and examining the evidence to build a strong legal defense.
Attorney Thomas will take a comprehensive approach to protect your freedom and your reputation. He will work to ensure that your side of the story is the one the judge understands and believes.
Call Pittsburgh DUI Lawyer Christopher Thomas for a free legal evaluation of your case.
Attorney Thomas is here to answer your questions, listen to your situation, explain your rights and offer the best steps to defending your rights and getting your future on track.
SMT Legal attorneys believe in aggressively representing our clients while maintaining the personal compassion needed when counseling clients through difficult situations and navigating a complex legal system. Contact us today.
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