Montgomery County 38-1-10 Magisterial District Court
Magisterial District Judge:
1301 S. Bethlehem Pike
Ambler, Pennsylvania 19002-5894
Shoplifting clothes, running a stop sign, driving with a suspended license – whatever alleged offense brings you to a Montgomery County Magisterial District Court you may feel anxious about what faces you.
It’s critical to have an experienced attorney 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 Montgomery County Magisterial District Court 38-1-10 in Ambler 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, Patricia Zaffarano.
Magisterial District Court 38-1-10 is located in Ambler, about 16 miles north of Philadelphia. The election districts covered within this Magisterial District Court are Ambler Borough and Upper Dublin Township.
The Magisterial District Court in Ambler is a minor court responsible for deciding all traffic and non-traffic citations. Montgomery 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 Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Montgomery 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 30 Magisterial District Courts throughout Montgomery 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 Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.
If you are charged with a traffic or criminal offense in Montgomery 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 An Ambler 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 Montgomery 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.