Pennsylvania Criminal Law | Misdemeanor Cases
The Law firm of Manchester & Associates is experienced in Pennsylvania Criminal Law and handles all types of PA criminal misdemeanors. A misdemeanor in Pennsylvania is a less serious criminal offense generally punishable by a fine or limited local jail time, but not by imprisonment in a penitentiary.
What are the consequences if you are found guilty of a criminal misdemeanor in PA?
A misdemeanor in PA is a less serious criminal offense. A Pennsylvania misdemeanor is a criminal charge which is punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. If you are convicted on a misdemeanor charge, you could be faced with up to five(5) years in a PA county prison and/or a maximum fine of $10,000.00.
What crimes are considered a criminal misdemeanor in PA?
Some of the most common Pennsylvania misdemeanor crimes are: Simple Assault, Involuntary Manslaughter, Harassment by Telephone Communication, Prostitution, Disorderly conduct, False Reports to Law Enforcement Authorities, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Luring A Child into a Motor Vehicle, Terroristic Threats, Minor Theft, and Sexual or Physical Abuse.
If I am charged with a PA criminal misdemeanor offense, can the charge be dropped?
Yes. The original party filing the charge against you can drop the charge anytime during the proceedings. In some cases charges will be dropped if restitution is made for damages, etc.
Can someone other than a law enforcement officer charge me with a criminal misdemeanor in Pennsylvania?
Yes. Anyone who is harmed or damaged by an act on your part can bring charges against you. Someone witnessing an illegal act must report it to a law enforcement agency or officer who will then bring charges themselves. A person can also file a private criminal complaint with the local District Attorney’s office.
What rights will I lose if I am convicted of a criminal misdemeanor in Pennsylvania?
In most cases none, however, in some cases you could lose driving privileges or other privileges depending on the charge and the circumstances of your case.