Bucks County 07-2-01 Magisterial District Court
Magisterial District Judge:
William J. Benz
60 Township Road
Richboro, PA 18954
Illegal turns in traffic, shoplifting, sending harassing texts, breaking windows after a football game – whatever alleged offense brings you to a Bucks County Magisterial District Court you may feel anxious about what faces 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 07-2-01 in Richboro 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, William J. Benz.
Magisterial District Court 07-2-01 is located in Richboro. The election districts covered within this Magisterial District Court are Northampton Township and Upper Southampton Township.
The Magisterial District Court in Richboro 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 Richboro Courtroom
It may be tempting 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, depending on the circumstances, be able to get the charges against you lessened or even dismissed.
If, for example, you are faced with an offense such as driving with a suspended license, your attorney may examine whether you were driving due to an emergency or if you were properly notified of your suspension.
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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.