Any criminal allegation or conviction can impact the rights of a college student. Whether you are under investigation or facing serious criminal charges, it is important to consult with an experienced advocate who can protect your rights. At JD Law in State College, Pennsylvania, we are experienced in handling a range of offenses from relatively minor crimes, called summary offenses, through misdemeanor and felony charges. Our experienced criminal defense attorney will take a strategic approach to collect all relevant evidence and aggressively defend your rights.
What is a Summary Offense in State College, Pennsylvania
Summary offenses are relatively minor crimes, including public drunkenness, harassment and disorderly conduct. These kinds of allegations are treated differently and involve a paper citation like a traffic ticket. Because the criminal process is different, many defendants do not take allegations, penalties or a guilty verdict as seriously. Remember that a charge now can impact your rights in the future, so it is important to consult with an experienced attorney before paying a fine or pleading guilty.
Our State College summary offense lawyer is experienced with cases involving:
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Summary cases are handled in the magisterial courts. With the support of an experienced legal advocate, you may have the opportunity to negotiate your charges with an officer prior to a hearing. If a suitable resolution cannot be obtained, your case will not go to trial, but will be resolved at the magisterial level.
Most summary nontraffic charges are punishable by a $300 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Some routine Penn State charges, like underage drinking and possession of a false identification card, impose a suspension of Pennsylvania driving privileges. You could face a criminal record that could impact your future rights and interests. Attorney Jason Dunkle will aggressively defend your rights and work toward an optimal outcome in your case.
For a free consultation directly with an experienced Centre County disorderly conduct attorney, please call 814-954-1094 or contact us by email. We accept MasterCard, Visa and Discover.