Pennsylvania is tough on crime. That is why you need to work quickly if you are facing charges, regardless of whether they are at the misdemeanor or felony level. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can work to ensure that you are treated fairly in plea proceedings or the courtroom.
If you are facing incarceration time or major fines, the SMT Legal will be by your side, working to build a strong defense around you. When you need an criminal defense attorney, call us today.
What Can Happen?
At the SMT Legal, we want you to know that we have the experience you need when facing a range of criminal charges. We understand that no two crimes are the same and we will work to investigate each case thoroughly. If you are facing any of the following charges in Indiana County, let us be your first phone call:
- Sex crimes
- White collar crimes
- Weapons charges
- Child pornography charges
- Robbery charges
- Retail theft/shoplifting
- Driving under suspension
- Drug crimes
- DUI charges
- Traffic violations
- Summary offenses
- Terroristic threats
- Assault charges
- Theft charges
- Homicide and manslaughter
- Property crimes and vandalism
Let’s Talk About Consequences
When you are facing one or more charges, they will each fall into certain categories of misdemeanor or felony offenses. While that may seem fairly simple, you need to know that there are various classes of felonies and misdemeanors.
For misdemeanor crimes, we see the following classes:
- First-Degree Misdemeanor: 2.5 to 5 years in prison and fines up to $10,000.
- Second-Degree Misdemeanor: 1 to 2 years in prison and fines up to $5,000.
- Third-Degree Misdemeanor: 6 months to 1 year in prison and fines up to $2,500.
- Summary Offense: maximum of 90 days of jail and fines up to $300.
*Summary offenses are not a misdemeanor or felony charges but can be upgraded depending on your past criminal history.
When it comes to felony charges, we see the following classes:
- First-Degree Felony: 10 to 20 years in prison and fines up to $25,000.
- Second-Degree Felony: 5 to 10 years in prison and fines up to $25,000.
- Third-Degree Felony: 3.5 to 7 years in prison and fines up to $15,000.
Regardless of whether you are facing a misdemeanor or a felony, there are other lifelong consequences associated with having a criminal record that can make it hard to obtain employment, go to school, or get government benefits.
It Is Time To Make The Call
If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges in Indiana County, please consider seeking legal assistance immediately. Prosecutors have considerable resources that can be used in each case and you do not want to be left to an overworked public defender. Your future is on the line.