Doylestown Criminal Defense
Anyone can have a bad moment. Unfortunately, when that bad moment results in criminal charges, the consequences can be severe and life-altering. Depending on the specific charges against you, it is possible that you could be looking at prison time and a felony conviction on your permanent record. Even a “minor” charge for something like shoplifting, marijuana possession, or drunk driving could still have a catastrophic effect on your life.
The bottom line is that a criminal conviction can destroy your life as you know it and destroy your bright and promising future. Worse yet, there could be serious consequences for your loved ones—especially if you are forced to leave them behind while you pay for a criminal conviction and serve time in jail or prison.
Charged With A Criminal Offense And Have Questions? We Can Help, Tell Us What Happened.
Do not let a lapse in judgment haunt you for the rest of your life. If you’ve been charged with a crime in Doylestown, PA, or the surrounding area, contact the knowledgeable Doylestown criminal defense attorneys at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford now. You can schedule a free initial consultation at one of our conveniently located offices in Newtown or Colmar.
Understanding How Crimes Are Charged in Pennsylvania
To learn how the Pennsylvania criminal justice system works, you need to be familiar with how crimes are charged. The following explanation relates mainly to Pennsylvania; however, it might be applicable to other jurisdictions throughout the United States.
Crimes in Pennsylvania fall into three categories known as summary offenses, misdemeanors, and felonies. Summaries are the least serious crimes and can be punished with no jail time at all. There is, though, the possibility of serving a maximum of ninety days in county jail, and fines may apply. Speeding tickets are a common summary offense.
A misdemeanor, on the other hand, can result in incarceration in county jail for over one year, while in many other states, the maximum penalty is set at one year. First-degree misdemeanors carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison. For misdemeanors of the second degree, the maximum prison sentence is two years, and for misdemeanors of the third degree, the maximum sentence is one year. Simple assault, theft, driving under the influence (DUI), and drug possession can be charged as a misdemeanor.
Felons carry the harshest penalties and punishments. Felonies of the first degree can carry a maximum twenty-year prison sentence. Criminal acts like murder are an exception, as they may result in life imprisonment or the death penalty, depending on the degree and nature of the crimes. The maximum sentence for a second-degree felony is ten years; a third-degree felony or ungraded felony is seven years.
An arrest or a criminal charge tends to cause feelings of anxiety, embarrassment, and worry. Many people are uncertain and feel vulnerable because of the obstacles before them.
When facing criminal charges, clients often ask:
- Is there any possibility that I’ll go to jail?
- Will this crime appear on my record?
- Do I have a chance to get the charges dismissed?
- Would it be possible to get my charges reduced?
- Will I lose my job?
- Am I at risk of losing my professional license?
- Is it public knowledge that I was arrested?
- How do I get this case off my record?
- Will my employer find out?
- What is the fine amount?
- What are my legal rights?
Knowing how the legal process works is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself. After learning the basics of the criminal process, you can sort out what type of lawyer is the best fit for you. More importantly, you’ll be able to prepare yourself better and thus reduce your anxiety about what comes next.
Experienced Criminal Lawyers Can Help You Fight Assault Charges
Once the police get involved in an allegation of criminal misconduct, it is time for you to seek the counsel of a qualified criminal defense attorney. Do not make the mistake of trying to “handle things” on your own without the advice of legal counsel. Remember that law enforcement is not on your side. Let the experienced criminal lawyers at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford assist you. We handle all kinds of criminal matters in Doylestown, PA, including:
- Drug charges
- Sex crimes
- Drunk driving offenses
- Theft offenses
- Fraud offenses
- White collar crimes
- Federal charges
- Parole/probation violations
- Juvenile crimes
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The attorneys at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford will address your concerns, answer any questions you might have, and build a strong defense on your behalf. Contact us now.
Facing Criminal Charges in PA? Let Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford Help You
Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford has been named a Tier 1 “Best Law Firm” by the U.S. News & World Report. Other accolades earned by our Pennsylvania law firm include attorneys certified as Criminal Trial Attorneys in PA, attorneys named as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, lawyers recognized as Pennsylvania Rising Stars, and an AV rating for the entire law firm from the highly respected Martindale-Hubbell lawyer rating service.
The Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford legal team is also bolstered by the presence of former PA prosecutors. One of the partners with Rubin Glickman is William E. Moore, an experienced litigator who currently practices criminal defense in Doylestown and throughout Bucks County, PA. Mr. Moore previously served as chief deputy district attorney with the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, where he was in charge of the Drug Prosecution Team and brought many drug crime cases to conviction. Now, Mr. Moore defends clients against drug charges and other criminal charges in Bucks County courtrooms.
Free Consultation with Passionate Doylestown Criminal Defense Lawyers
If you or a loved one was arrested for assault or any other criminal offense in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, the attorneys at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford can help. We defend clients facing criminal charges in all parts of Bucks County, PA. Most importantly, we can defend you against your Doylestown criminal charges.
The attorneys at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford will provide you with a free confidential meeting to assess your case and answer any questions you might have. Call 215-822-7575 or complete an online contact form to get started today.