Summary Offenses


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A summary offense is Pennsylvania’s least serious offense level, and it is less severe than either felonies and misdemeanors.

What A Summary Offense Means

Penalties for a summary offense:

  • Up to 90 days in jail
  • Up to $300 in fines

Some crimes that can draw a summary offense:

  • Traffic offenses
  • Criminal mischief
  • Public drunkenness

How A Lawyer Can Help

Although summary offenses are considered low level, it is helpful to have an attorney with you when you go before a judge. Your lawyer can fully explain the charge to you, and they can also work to keep you out of jail and lessen any fines.

Pennsylvania Offense Classes and Gravity Scores

Offense classes and gravity scores are defined under The Pennsylvania Criminal Code under Title 234, Chapter 10. Read the code here.

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If you are charged with a misdemeanor offense, you face tough punishment dealt out by the Pennsylvania courts. Fienman Defense has the skills and experience to help you avoid the harshest penalties.