Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony, a conviction can negatively affect your personal and work life in many ways. Depending on the charges, you could be facing steep fines and jail time, potentially leading to strained relationships and the loss of your job.
If you are seeking legal counsel in Pennsylvania, a King of Prussia criminal defense lawyer can fight to protect your freedom and your future. When you choose McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., we will work to identify the best possible outcome for your case and what it will take to secure it. You can call us right now for a free consultation—we’re available 24/7.
Services Our Criminal Defense Team Offers in King of Prussia
When defending our clients in King of Prussia and throughout Montgomery County, we leave nothing to chance. From the moment you hire our firm, Attorney McKenzie takes over all aspects of your case. Our services include:
- Reviewing the charges against you and any documents related to the case
- Evaluating your account of the arrest and other interactions with law enforcement for signs of civil rights violations or other mistakes
- Considering all of your legal options and determining the best one
- Compiling evidence to refute the prosecution’s claims
- Filing motions with the court when appropriate
- Preparing you for court appearances
- Advocating for your future both in and out of the courtroom
Facing charges does not mean a conviction is inevitable. Depending on the specifics of your case, our legal team has several options to consider for your defense.
Getting Your Case Dismissed or Negotiating for Lesser Charges
Not every criminal case goes to trial. In some cases, we can negotiate for lesser charges or even have all the charges dismissed. When possible, our attorney will always fight to have your case dismissed on the grounds of a:
- Constitutional violation
- Mistaken identity
- Error the prosecution has made
In some cases, it may be best to negotiate a plea deal for lesser charges. For example, we could potentially negotiate a DUI down to a wet reckless charge or a drug trafficking offense down to a possession offense. A plea deal allows you to avoid the more severe penalties associated with your alleged offense if no other viable options exist.
Fighting Your Criminal Charges at Trial
If the best option is to fight for you in Montgomery County court, we will build a defense to undermine the prosecution’s case. This process involves finding flaws in the evidence against you to produce reasonable doubt in the jury’s mind. We will fight aggressively on your behalf and argue your defense against the prosecution.
Depending on the severity of the charges and the evidence at hand, we will determine the best possible option for you and be there to inform you and guide you through the process.
Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Seek Legal Counsel for Criminal Charges
Waiting to hire a lawyer when you are suspected of or charged with a crime can put your case in jeopardy and leave you facing the system alone without someone to advocate for you. Every criminal defendant has a right to an attorney and hiring one can protect your rights as your case moves through the system.
While you don’t want to wait long to hire representation, it’s also critical to choose the right law firm for you. You want an attorney who will:
- Offer honest advice regarding your circumstances
- Be available when you need them
- Fight hard for you every step of the way
Attorney McKenzie provides this level of service, including making himself available to clients by phone, social media, email, and text. When you choose our firm, your lawyer will never be out of reach.
Types of Criminal Cases We Handle in Pennsylvania
Our criminal defense lawyer handles cases in several areas of criminal law. Narrowing our focus to certain types of criminal cases allows us to advocate more strongly for our King of Prussia clients.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
If you have been charged with driving under the influence, your driving privileges are at stake. A DUI charge can lead to license suspension, the need for an ignition interlock device, mandatory alcohol awareness courses, and other penalties.
If you are a repeat offender or cause a DUI accident, the penalties can be particularly severe. We have defended numerous clients facing these charges and have the experience necessary to fight for the best possible outcome in your DUI case.
If you are convicted of a drug offense, it could change your life forever. Depending on the amount and type of drugs associated with the case, you could spend years in prison and receive thousands of dollars in fines.
Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony drug charges, we are ready to represent you and protect your rights. Drug charges we handle include:
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Manufacturing illegal drugs
- Possession with intent to sell or distribute
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
Theft charges also range from misdemeanors to felony offenses that could result in serious jail time if you are convicted. These charges may include:
- Petty theft
- Identity theft
- Possession of stolen property
- Grand theft
We will look into your story and determine the best way to approach your case. We might negotiate for lesser charges, such as petty theft, or fight to dismiss the charges entirely depending on the circumstances.
If you are convicted of a white-collar crime such as embezzlement or fraud, the penalties can be severe. Depending on the charges, a long prison sentence and tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines are possible.
To convict you of a white-collar crime, the prosecutor must show intent (e.g., that you meant to defraud your company and steal money). We will fight to show that you did not intentionally engage in the activities you stand accused of.
Many traffic violations—such as hit and run, driving under the influence, and vehicular manslaughter—carry stiff penalties. Even minor traffic offenses can result in the suspension of your driver’s license for a period of time, especially for repeated violations.
Our criminal defense lawyer will fight against your charges in King of Prussia and all related consequences, such as a license suspension.
A probation violation can land you behind bars for the maximum time allowed for your offense. Depending on the circumstances, we may be able to convince the prosecutor to drop the accusation or persuade the judge to allow you to continue with the same probation terms as before.
Other Criminal Case Matters We Handle for Our Clients
Our firm helps clients with more than criminal defense. We also help them seek opportunities to improve their situations, such as Pennsylvania’s rehabilitation program and expungement option.
First-time offenders may be eligible for the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program (ARD) under 75 Pa. C.S.A. § 3807. This program aims to keep first-time offenders out of the justice system and offer them a second chance. If you are accepted, the District Attorney’s office suspends any charges you are facing, but you must meet certain requirements. These could include:
- Drug or alcohol treatment
- Community service
If you complete the program, you may also qualify for expungement. Our King of Prussia criminal defense lawyer can help you determine if this program is right for you.
Having a criminal record can disrupt your life and your future plans. It could keep you from getting the job you want, obtaining a professional license, and more. Expungement offers individuals who meet certain criteria the chance to clear their criminal record. This can offer you opportunities for employment that you would not have otherwise.
We can look at your situation and determine if filing for expungement is an option. If you qualify, we can start the process right away.
Hire a King of Prussia Criminal Defense Attorney
If you face charges in King of Prussia or elsewhere in Montgomery County, our criminal defense attorney can fight for you and provide legal guidance. You do not have to face the justice system alone.
Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., is ready to go to work for you. Do not take a chance with your freedom. Call us today at (610) 680-7842 for a free case assessment.