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Misdemeanor Charges in Pennsylvania

What Happens if You are Charged with a Misdemeanor in Pennsylvania?

If you were charged with a misdemeanor offense in Pennsylvania, you are facing very serious criminal accusations that can lead to jail time, if convicted.

Whether the alleged criminal activity involved drugs, drunk driving, retail theft, disorderly conduct, a sex crime offense or a federal crime, as long as it is classified as a “misdemeanor”, the penalties can often be very similar, based on current Pennsylvania and U.S. Federal minimum mandates for misdemeanor convictions.

At Ketchel Law, we realize that many people find themselves entangled in a legal system that is confusing and seemingly unfair. Oftentimes, the penalty does not always fit the crime. One mistake can ruin someone’s future—the potential of being able to obtain a job, loans, housing or get into college are all at stake.

That is why we want to provide the best possible legal defense strategy to defend your rights and make every attempt to get your charges reduced and keep them off your record.

If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, you should seek the help of an experienced and aggressive Pittsburgh Criminal Attorney immediately.

An arrest is not a conviction.

It is important to not despair if you were charged with a crime. In many instances, charges can be reduced or dropped altogether.

A successful attorney can help you understand your charges and the court system and provide sound legal defense against deficient or flawed evidence and simple misunderstandings.

OUR NUMBER ONE GOAL: GETTING YOUR CRIMINAL CHARGES DISMISSED.

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PITTSBURGH MISDEMEANOR ATTORNEYS

Definition of a Misdemeanor

A misdemeanor is regarded as a lesser offense than a felony, but more serious than a summary offense.

Many crimes can fall under the umbrella of a misdemeanor, although, depending on the nature of the crime, it could also be considered a felony.

Crimes typically categorized as a misdemeanor include:

Misdemeanor Classifications and Penalties for a Misdemeanor Conviction

Depending on the type and nature of the crime, misdemeanor charges are typically brought under three categories: first-degree, second-degree and third-degree.

The standard penalties for each of the misdemeanor classifications are as follows:

  • First-degree Misdemeanor: Mandatory minimum of five years in prison and a $10,000 maximum fine.
  • Second-degree Misdemeanor: Mandatory minimum of two years in prison and a $5,000 maximum fine.
  • Third-degree Misdemeanor: Mandatory minimum of one year in prison and a $2,000 maximum fine.

Ungraded Misdemeanors

Some misdemeanor charges may not be classified and simply fall into “unclassified misdemeanors”. These can include DUI convictions and small amount of marijuana charges.

Other Penalties Resulting from a Misdemeanor Conviction

There may be many other fees involved and the cost to not being able to work while in prison, may be a giant burden to your family.

In addition, having a misdemeanor on your permanent criminal record can have other repercussions such as being able to find a decent paying job and obtain housing, or even get into college or take out a loan.

OUR NUMBER ONE GOAL: GETTING YOUR CRIMINAL CHARGES DISMISSED.

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PITTSBURGH MISDEMEANOR LAWYERS

AN EXPERIENCED PITTSBURGH MISDEMEANOR LAWYER

Facing severe penalties like those that can result from a misdemeanor conviction, requires a very knowledgeable attorney who has experience in winning tough cases.

At Ketchel Law, we are here to help you understand your rights and your options to fight your charges. From the moment you engage our firm to represent you, we will work tirelessly to ensure every aspect of your defense is addressed at every phase.

If you were charged with a crime or are facing misdemeanor charges, contact Attorney Justin J. Ketchel for a free case evaluation.

We will make certain you understand your rights and options so that you are prepared at every turn. From pre-trial hearings through the trial and beyond, we will fight to have your charges dropped or significantly reduced.

Remember, being charged with a crime, does not mean that you will be convicted.  It is extremely important that you are represented properly throughout the duration of your case.

For a free evaluation of your case, please call Attorney Justin Ketchel today at 412-456-1221.

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