If you face criminal charges, you have the right to an attorney. Even more importantly, you deserve a criminal defense lawyer who will help protect your legal rights and build a strong case on your behalf.
In Pennsylvania, you may face felony or misdemeanor charges for a variety of offenses, including theft crimes, traffic violations, drug possession, white collar crime, and other types of criminal matters. Whatever the charges may be, a conviction can carry hefty fines, jail time, and a mark on your permanent record that will create challenges in every aspect of your life.
If you are facing criminal charges, contact the McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. today. We can determine the most effective way to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome in your case. Delaware County criminal defense lawyer.
How can a criminal defense lawyer help me?
When you face criminal charges, the odds are not in your favor.
Unless you have an extensive working knowledge of the law and your Constitutional rights, you are at a significant disadvantage. Local prosecutors work hard to secure convictions.
With our representation, however, you gain the peace of mind that comes with having someone fight for you and your rights under the law. We will provide the support and sound advice you need to make the best choices for your future.
Advocating on your behalf, we can negotiate with the prosecution for reduced charges or a dismissal. If necessary, we can collect evidence and resources to build a strong case for your defense in court.
What are my options when facing criminal charges?
You have options if you are facing misdemeanor or felony criminal charges. Being charged with a crime does not automatically mean a conviction for anyone.
Plead Guilty as Charged
This option is rarely the preferred course of action, as it puts you at the mercy of the court for sentencing. If this is the best choice in your case, however, we can often negotiate for a more favorable sentence in exchange for your guilty plea.
Negotiate for Lesser Charges
Prosecutors are notorious for filing ambitious charges, leaving themselves room for negotiation. As your lawyer, we can delve into the prosecution’s evidence in search of weaknesses and potential loopholes. Using that knowledge, we may be able to convince the prosecutor to accept your plea to a lesser charge.
Negotiate for the Dismissal of Charges
This option is the one that every criminal defense attorney strives for—the dismissal of all charges pending against you. If we can convince the prosecution that they have no hope for a conviction, they may agree to drop the charges. If that fails, we can inform the judge that insufficient evidence exists to pursue the charges and potentially convince him or her to throw out your case.
Take Your Case to Court
For most clients, this option carries the greatest risk, but it may offer a good chance of success. To achieve a conviction, the prosecution must prove every aspect of the case beyond reasonable doubt. If you opt to take your case to court, we will take every possible opportunity to introduce doubt, disqualify evidence, and argue in your defense.
The right option in your case will depend on the charges and the circumstances surrounding your arrest. However, we can guide you and advise you along the way.
At the McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., we handle a variety of criminal defense cases.
We offer criminal defense for clients facing drunk driving or DUI charges. In addition, we also specialize in the following criminal charges.
Pennsylvania traffic violations range from minor offenses to serious crimes, depending on the details of the case. If convicted, you may lose your license, which will interfere with your ability to work and handle important personal tasks. Conviction for a traffic crime can also prevent you from obtaining car insurance in the future. For commercial traffic violations, a conviction can threaten your livelihood and interfere with your ability to earn a living.
Theft & Burglary
Theft cases can range from misdemeanor to felony offenses. Charges may include shoplifting, robbery, identity theft, credit card theft, forgery, welfare fraud and the possession of stolen property.
White Collar Crime
These crimes typically have financial motivation for personal gain. Examples of white collar crimes include credit card fraud, check kiting, forgery, money laundering, and embezzlement. Many types of white collar crimes involve an employer or some type of charitable organization.
Drug crimes involve the possession, manufacture, and sale or distribution of illegal drugs and controlled substances. They also include possession of drug paraphernalia.
Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD)
Delaware County ARD cases typically accompany DUI charges. An ARD program may allow you to clear your criminal record after a drunk driving conviction. ARD hearings are also important in the DUI defense process, as a means of exploring any potential evidence against you.
If you would like to have your criminal record expunged, you must submit an application and appropriate accompanying documentation. Although it is a complex process that typically requires the assistance of an attorney, a successful expungement will remove most of the restrictions that with having a criminal record.
General Criminal Defense
We provide criminal defense legal representation for a variety of other matters throughout Delaware County. If you are not sure whether we can handle your case or you would like to learn more about your options, contact us to schedule a complimentary case review.
If you face criminal charges, we can help.
No matter what you are facing, it is critical for you to understand the criminal charges against you and how a conviction may affect your life. It is even more important for you to protect your legal rights.
The McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. represents clients for misdemeanor and felony criminal charges. We will work diligently on your behalf to protect you and ensure that you make the best possible choices in your case. Contact us today at 610-680-7842 to schedule your free consultation and case review.