It is important to remember that if a lapse in judgment ever rises to the level of a criminal charge, it is essential to follow the advice of an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can help you avoid the life-altering consequences of a conviction. For example, Philadelphia criminal defense attorney Michael Fienman recently assisted a high-school student from Montgomery County, who got into some legal trouble after she was charged with underage drinking and disorderly conduct. The young student was a member of the National Honor Society and had never been in any previous trouble with the law. With a career goal of becoming a teacher, she understandably did not want any criminal convictions affecting her education or even worse limiting her future job opportunities.

Defense attorney Fienman used his considerable knowledge of how these types of cases are handled in Montgomery County to facilitate his client’s participation in a Magisterial District Court Diversion Program. After completing the terms of this program, the court will dismiss her underage drinking and disorderly conduct charges. Once her case is expunged, she’ll be able to move past this transgression without a conviction holding her back.

The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.

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