Allentown Misdemeanor Defense Lawyers
10+ Years of Experience Defending Clients Like You
A misdemeanor is a lesser crime than a felony. A person convicted of a misdemeanor in Pennsylvania may face penalties that include fine, community service, probation, and/or a jail sentence. Pennsylvania organizes misdemeanor crimes into three categories: first, second and third-degree. First-degree misdemeanors are the most serious, followed by second and then third-degree.
Penalties in the Allentown and Pennsylvania
- First-degree – Up to five years’ incarceration and no more than $10,000 in fines
- Second-degree – Up to two years’ incarceration and no more than $5,000 in fines
- Third-degree – Up to one year incarceration and no more than $2,500 in fines
Judges are not required to impose the maximum possible sentence; however, the sentencing judge must consider the sentencing guidelines when considering an appropriate sentence. There are two factors the sentencing guidelines take into consideration. First, the Offense Gravity Score is based on the current crime and its severity. Second, the Prior Record Score is based on the prior convictions of the defendant. Based on these two factors, the judge will be provided with a standard range, which the judge can only deviate from if presented with mitigating or aggravating factors.
Mandatory Minimum Sentencing
Some misdemeanor crimes in Pennsylvania require mandatory minimum sentences. For example, operating a motor vehicle without a court ordered ignition interlock system is a third-degree misdemeanor, punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of ninety days in jail.
Examples of first-degree misdemeanors include indecent assault, possessing an instrument of crime, and endangering the welfare of children. Second-degree misdemeanors can include simple assault, reckless endangerment or the manufacture and sale of false identification. Third-degree misdemeanors can include harassment, disorderly conduct, loitering, prowling or selling liquor to minors.
Contact Regan Law Firm in Allentown Today
If you've been accused of or charged with a misdemeanor in or around Lehigh County, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to back you up. Luckily, you can find just that at the Regan Law Firm. Our Allentown misdemeanor lawyers are ready to help you out. Contact us now for your free, confidential, no-obligation consultation at (484) 498-6334.