Being charged with a crime in Pennsylvania can have serious consequences. Both misdemeanor and felony charges carry the possibility of jail or prison time as well as monetary fines. The number one thing you can do if you have been charged with a crime is to secure an experienced criminal defense attorney. Your future depends on it.
At the SMT Legal, we will be your advocate. Our years of experience are what you need when working through possible plea deals or preparing to fight your charges at trial. When you need a criminal attorney, contact us today.
What Can Happen?
Pennsylvania is tough on crime, though many people do not fully understand the different levels of criminal charges. There are many different crimes that a person can be charged with, but they will almost always fall under the following:
- 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.
- 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.
Within each of those, the amount of actual punishment can vary during sentencing. When it says, “up to,” this means that the sentence could be anywhere in the range stated.
All crimes committed in Pennsylvania fall into these categories. At the SMT Legal, we are ready to defend you when it comes to:
- Drug crimes
- DUI charges
- Traffic violations
- Summary offenses
- Terroristic threats
- Assault charges
- Theft charges
- Homicide and manslaughter
- Property crimes and vandalism
- Sex crimes
- White collar crimes
- Weapons charges
- Child pornography charges
- Robbery charges
- Retail theft/shoplifting
- Driving under suspension
If you do not see your alleged crime listed above, please call us so we can advise you further. We know that there are serious consequences involved with a guilty conviction. Aside from the penalties listed above, a person could face a permanent mark on their criminal record. This can affect their ability to get a job, go to school, drive a vehicle, and more.