Bucks County 07-1-12 Magisterial District Court
Magisterial District Judge:
Joseph P. Falcone
3237 Bristol Road – Suite 100-101
Bensalem, PA 19020
As the date approaches for you or a family member to appear in a Bucks County Magisterial District Court, your concerns may be rising about what is facing you. It’s essential to have someone by your side to answer your questions and represent you in a criminal or traffic case. Fienman Defense has handled cases in Pennsylvania’s Magisterial Courts hundreds of times, providing clients with a caring and tenacious defense.
You may have received a notification to appear in Bucks County Magisterial District Court 07-1-12 in Bensalem or gotten a summons for a traffic citation, preliminary arraignment, preliminary hearing, bench warrant or non-jury trial in this court. If so, you will appear before Magisterial District Judge, Joseph P. Falcone.
Magisterial District Court 07-1-12 is located in Bensalem. The election districts covered within this Magisterial District Court are
Bensalem Township Lower East 5, Upper 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and Lower Middle 5.
There are two Magisterial District Courts in Bensalem, so it is important for you to carefully check your paperwork to make certain you appear in the correct court.
The Bensalem Magisterial District Court is a minor court responsible for deciding all traffic and non-traffic citations. Bucks County Magisterial District Courts handle preliminary arraignments and preliminary hearings for criminal cases, landlord/tenant disputes up to $8,000 and civil cases with smaller damage claims.
Magisterial District Courts in Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Bucks County Magisterial District Courts decide all summary offenses, Pennsylvania’s least serious offense level. These include offenses such as criminal mischief, harassment, disorderly conduct, underage drinking, driving with a suspended license and first offense retail theft (shoplifting) of items under $150.
Pennsylvania’s Magisterial District Courts are presided over by magisterial judges who can administer oaths and perform marriages.
There are 20 Magisterial District Courts throughout Bucks County. Criminal cases start in these courts before working their way up to the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas.
Every year Bucks County district courts handle approximately 130,000 cases, including approximately 10,000 criminal cases.
Bucks County criminal cases begin in Magisterial District Court. Misdemeanor and felony case start with preliminary arraignments and preliminary hearings. The next step in the court system for misdemeanor and felony cases is the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas.
If you are charged with a traffic or criminal offense in Bucks County, you will need an experienced defense attorney. Depending on the circumstances of your case, there are many defenses that a skilled lawyer can use to help you.
Even minor offenses such as summary offenses can create major problems for you or a loved one. If you are convicted of a summary offense, you can face up to 90 days in jail and a fine up to $300. With a prior conviction, your punishment might be as many as 180 days in jail.
Why You Need A Lawyer By Your Side In A Bensalem Courtroom
You might be tempted to plead guilty to a summary offense so you can put the whole experience behind you. You may believe you can handle your court case yourself. However the outcome of your case will be critically important to your future. Not only can you land in jail, which will disrupt your life and can even cost you your job, but you may also be burdened with a criminal record that will have far-reaching implications for you.
It’s important to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney who can defend you against summary offense charges and help you attain a positive outcome. A lawyer who knows their way around a Pennsylvania Magisterial District Court can give you sound advice and will possibly be able to get the charges against you dismissed.
If, for example, you are faced with an offense such as underage drinking, your attorney will examine every aspect of your case to see what really occurred. If your drink was not alcohol, your lawyer will bring in witnesses or evidence to prove it.
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If you have been charged with a criminal or traffic offense in the Philadelphia area, you need an attorney who thoroughly understands the way Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system works. Fienman Defense has successfully represented people in Magisterial District Courts throughout Bucks County. We have the skills to create the solid defense that, depending on the circumstances of your case, can get the charges against you lessened or even dismissed.