Delaware County Criminal Defense Lawyer
Are you facing criminal charges and unsure what to do? If this is your first time dealing with the criminal justice system, navigating the process on your own can be confusing and unrelenting.
Having a seasoned attorney in your corner can make all the difference in fighting your charges. And if this isn’t your first time, you know first-hand the importance of hiring a private attorney to defend you.
The Delaware County Criminal Court Process
We’re here to help you at every stage of the process, beginning right after your arrest. If police in Delaware County arrested your loved one, call us right away.
We can help locate your loved ones and get them released as soon as possible. If you or your loved one have been released from jail, then it’s time to start planning your defense.
Here’s an overview of the criminal court process.
Your arrest can come before or after a criminal investigation. Sometimes police arrest people they believe have recently committed a crime or are in the midst of one. For example, police can arrest you for drunk driving with minimal investigation.
Other times, detectives spend weeks or months investigating a crime and looking at different suspects. Once the police have enough evidence to establish probable cause, they get an arrest warrant from a judge.
The Booking Process
When the police arrest you, they take you to a nearby facility and book you into jail. This includes gathering basic information about you and taking your fingerprints. Don’t answer any questions about the alleged crime. You should remain silent and ask for a lawyer.
The Delaware County George W. Hill Correctional Facility is at 500 Cheyney Rd. in Thornton. However, you or a loved one may go to a local jail or holding facility in the town or city near where you’re arrested.
Getting Out of Jail
How you get out of jail depends on the circumstances. In some cases, police release you automatically. In others, a magistrate sets a bail amount. You’ll have to pay bail before they let you out.
The preliminary hearing is a pivotal part of the criminal justice process. It’s your first chance to defend yourself and possibly get the charges dropped or reduced. You must have a lawyer represent you.
This hearing isn’t a formal trial, but it works like one. The prosecutor presents evidence to try and prove there is probable cause. Your attorney can create doubt and argue that the prosecution lacks probable cause. If the judge agrees with your lawyer, they’ll dismiss the charges.
If the judge believes the preliminary hearing shows probable cause, your next court appearance is your arraignment. During this appearance, you hear the charges against you and enter your plea. Your criminal defense lawyer can file a waiver for the arraignment, and you don’t have to attend.
Investigate and Prepare Your Defense
One of the biggest benefits of hiring a criminal defense lawyer is having someone dig into your case. We investigate, gather evidence, and review the facts to get to the truth.
It can be an uncomfortable process, but it’s important. This is how we prepare for what the prosecution might say and determine the most effective defense strategy.
Consider a Plea Bargain
Once we know your case forward and backward, we can explain your options. We’ll discuss what could happen if you go to trial.
If we’re not confident in winning an acquittal, we may discuss the benefits of a plea bargain. In some circumstances, you can get a lenient sentence or even a lesser charge if you agree to plead guilty.
We may file one or several motions depending on the facts of your matter. If we believe the prosecutor doesn’t have a strong case, we’ll file a motion to dismiss.
If we’re preparing for trial, we may file motions about potential evidence. If we believe law enforcement unlawfully obtained some evidence, we’ll ask the court to suppress it.
Go to Trial
We’ll go to trial if we believe it is in your best interest. You have the right to a jury trial, which means a group of your peers will listen to the evidence and decide if you’re guilty or innocent. You also can choose a bench trial where the judge decides your case.
If a judge or jury finds you guilty, then the judge will issue your sentence at another hearing.
Criminal Charges We Handle in Delaware County
- Assault and Domestic Violence
- Drug Charges
- Marijuana Crimes
- DUI Charges
- Traffic Violations
- Violent Crimes
- Firearms and Weapons Charges
- Sex Crimes
- Crimes Against the Public and Peace
- Arson and Property Crimes
- Fraud Charges
- SNAP Violations
- Kidnapping and Family Crimes
- Theft Charges
- Juvenile Crimes
Delaware County Courts
If you’re facing a summary offense, which is the lowest crime level, you go through one of Delaware County’s Magisterial District Courts. There are 32 different courts altogether.
For misdemeanors and felonies, your case goes through the Court of Common Pleas at 201 West Front St., Media, Pennsylvania. Our Delaware County office is close by, making it easy for us to defend you in court.
We Represent People Throughout Delaware County
- Aston Township
- Bethel Township
- Chadds Ford Township
- Clifton Heights
- Concord Township
- Drexel Hill
- East Lansdowne
- Edgmont Township
- Haverford Township
- Lower Chichester Township
- Marcus Hook
- Marple Township
- Middletown Township
- Nether Providence Township
- Newtown Township
- Prospect Park
- Radnor Township
- Ridley Township
- Rose Valley
- Sharon Hill
- Springfield Township
- Thornbury Township
- Upper Chichester Township
- Upper Darby Township
- Upper Providence Township
- Village Green-Green Ridge
Questions? Contact Us Today.
If you don’t know where to begin with navigating the court system, you’re not alone. Instead of trying to figure out what to do each step of the way, let Fienman Defense help.
We have years of experience in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, and we’ll fight for you to get the best possible outcome in your case.
Call (610) 565-4761 or use the online form to set up a free consultation.