Delaware County 32-1-28 Magisterial District Court

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Magisterial District Judge:
Elizabeth Gallard

349 West Baltimore Avenue
Media, Pennsylvania 19073

(610) 566-0872
(610) 566-2732
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Maybe you have to appear in court because you allegedly committed an offense such as shoplifting a sweater. Or you got a summons for allegedly running a red light. If so, you will need a Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer on your side.

If you or a family member has a court date in a Delaware County Magisterial District Court, you probably feel anxious as your court date draws closer. When you are charged with a traffic or criminal offense, it’s important to have an experienced attorney you can turn to who will answer your questions and provide effective guidance.

You may have received a notification to appear in Delaware County Magisterial District Court 32-1-28 in Media 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, Elizabeth Gallard.

Magisterial District Court 32-1-28 is in Media, 12 miles west of Philadelphia. The election districts covered within this Magisterial District Court are Media Borough, Swarthmore Borough and Nether Providence Township’s Wards 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7.

The Magisterial District Court in Media is a minor court responsible for deciding all traffic and non-traffic citations. Delaware County Magisterial District Courts handle preliminary arraignments and preliminary hearings for criminal cases, landlord/tenant disputes and civil cases with damage claims up to $12,000.

Magisterial District Courts in Delaware County, Pennsylvania

Delaware 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 33 Magisterial District Courts throughout Delaware County. Criminal cases start in these courts. Misdemeanor and felony cases begin with preliminary arraignments and preliminary hearings. The next step in the court system for misdemeanor and felony cases is the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas.

If you are charged with a traffic or criminal offense in Delaware 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 Delaware County Criminal Defense Attorneys By Your Side In A Media 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 charged with an offense such as harassment, your attorney will examine defenses such as whether it is possible that a person with a grudge has concocted a story or that someone has made a mistake resulting in unfair claims against you. Your attorney will be able to develop an effective defense strategy for you.

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