If you have been charged with a crime, you are right to be worried about the prospect of facing severe penalties including jail time and steep fines. You might not know where to turn to for quality legal advice and experienced representation. This may be the first time you get in trouble of this kind, and you don’t know how this process will evolve. And if you have gotten in trouble before, there is a lot at stake at this juncture. You know at this point that there is a lawyer assigned to the case known as “prosecutor.” A prosecutor is a lawyer appointed by the government assigned to bring the case against you. A public defender is a lawyer who can be assigned to represent you at no cost. However, if you want to be represented by someone who will be invested in you, look no further than the experienced Montgomery County criminal defense attorneys of Young, Marr, Mallis & Associates consisting of two former prosecutors. Our background in criminal prosecution gives us a unique perspective and understanding of criminal prosecutions in Montgomery County, PA.
If you have been arrested, call Young, Marr, Mallis & Associates today at (215) 607-7478 in Pennsylvania for immediate help. Our lawyers have substantial experience having handled more than 5,000 DUI cases, 3,500 charges involving narcotics. Their enduring commitment to criminal defense representation is demonstrated by their involvement in establishing a defense practice known for emphasizing our client’s innocence. We’re confident can do the same for you because everyone deserves a chance.
Overview of Criminal Charges and Sentences in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania criminal law has some complex intricacies. Some crimes carry mandatory minimums, meaning that a court must impose a minimum penalty regardless of any mitigating factors. Mitigating factors are those facts or actions you take that warrant special attention at the time of sentencing. The term “mitigating” means that something that happened to you or that you accomplished speaks volumes about your character deserving consideration for a lower sentence. For example, if you volunteered in the past or if this is your first offense, these are mitigating factors. We work with professionals and will take the time to speak to your friends and family members to determine how to represent best if there are mitigating factors that we can present on your behalf.
In addition to mandatory sentences, Pennsylvania has multiple classifications and maximum time or amounts for crimes. For example:
- 1st Degree Murder – Mandatory death penalty or life imprisonment
- 2nd Degree Murder – Mandatory life imprisonment
- 1st Degree Felony – 20 years – $25,000
- 2nd Degree Felony – 10 years- $25,000
- 3rd Degree Felony – 7 years – $15,000
- 1st Degree Misdemeanor – 5 years – $10,000
- 2nd Degree Misdemeanor – 2 years — $5,000
- 3rd Degree Misdemeanor – 1 year – $2,000
- Summary Offense 90 days – $300
Depending on the crime you are charged with, you may receive the maximum time and amount if your lawyer doesn’t provide a diligent representation. If you have been in trouble before, you should talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney in Pennsylvania because this is considered an “aggravating factor” and the judge may have to impose a minimum sentence for repeat offenders.
How Our Montgomery County Criminal Defense Lawyers Can Help
Anyone who has been accused of a crime in Montgomery County will tell you that having an experienced criminal defense attorney who is known in the locality can have an impact in the outcome of the case. Every county has its local rule and familiarity with these rules can make a difference. In addition, Young, Marr, Mallis & Associates distinguish themselves because their experience has helped them develop a reputation as zealous advocates in that they will not sit quietly and watch your rights being violated.
Lawyers With Experience in Criminal Trials
We work hard to see that our clients’ rights are upheld. If the other side makes a mistake, and harm’s your ability to mount a vigorous defense in the process, we’re going fight to make sure these are adequately incorporated and preserved in the record. The ability to protect the integrity of the case “record” is something that attorneys with experience recognize can affect the final outcome and if an appeal will be possible. There are too many lawyers who fail to comply with this primary professional responsibility jeopardizing the justice clients deserve.
Our experience also tells us that sometimes prosecutors try to get away with concealing or disparaging critical information that will exculpate a criminal defendant or will come up with ways to manipulate information to secure an unwarranted plea. This is known as “prosecutorial misconduct.” Having worked as prosecutors, we are keenly aware of the tactics employed to commit injustice and will stand ready to demand corrective action immediately.
Individualized Case Preparation
We don’t lump clients into categories or consider their behavior in the context of someone else’s situation. You’re a human being, and the issues you’re facing are unique. We prepare your defense with that in mind. Also, the facts of every case are unique.
Skilled Legal Support Staff
Our team members are firm and experienced. With thorough and meticulous work, we review evidence and prepare persuasive legal briefs on your behalf. Our support staff is committed to dedicating time and effort to your legal representation.
Our Criminal Defense Lawyers Are Accomplished in Montgomery County
You won’t have to sacrifice your freedom or sell your house to have high-quality representation. We offer reasonable payment plans and accept all major credit cards. You have enough to worry about right now. Let’s not add your bank account to the list. If you’re ready to take back your freedom and restore your reputation, call Young, Marr, Mallis & Associates today at (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania.