Chester County

Misdemeanor Attorney

With so much to lose and nothing to gain, having a misdemeanor on your record has the potential to wreak havoc on your life in many ways. No charge, no matter how small, should be ignored or not considered worth your time to fight. This being the case, it is very important that you retain a capable defense attorney who can represent you effectively.

Michael J. Skinner of the Skinner Law Firm has been practicing criminal law for many years and has developed a legal understanding that allows him to efficiently and professionally argue the case and use the criminal law process to your advantage. If you are currently charged with a misdemeanor in Chester County, Delaware County, or the surrounding areas of Southeast Pennsylvania, call the Skinner Law Firm at ((610) 436-1410 for a free consultation to discuss your case.

Pennsylvania Misdemeanor Offenses

According to Pennsylvania §106, misdemeanors have three different classifications: first degree, second degree, and third degree. In general, the lower the number, the more serious the offense is.

Some of the more common misdemeanor offenses in Pennsylvania include:

Misdemeanor Penalties in PA

According to Pa Cons. Stat. §1104, A person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor may be sentenced to imprisonment for a definite term which shall be decided upon by the court and shall be:

  • Up to five years in prison and/or fines up to $10,000 in the case of a misdemeanor of the first degree.
  • Up to two years in prison and/or fines up to $5,000 in the case of a misdemeanor of the second degree.
  • Up to one year in prison and/or fines up to $2,500 in the case of a misdemeanor of the third degree.

Liife with a Misdemeanor on Your Record

No matter how small the alleged transgression, a conviction could lead to some tough consequences that you may not have considered before. A misdemeanor, although a less serious criminal classification, can still have a debilitating effect on your personal and professional life.

Being convicted of a misdemeanor has the potential to come with jail time and hefty fines. There will also be a criminal history on your personal record. Considering that background checks have become a $4 billion industry in this country, there is a very real possibility that your criminal history could get into the hands of individuals that you do not want to have that information, such as employers.

With this in mind, it may be in your best interest to hire a qualified criminal defense attorney who has the legal comprehension to help keep a misdemeanor charge from having long term effects in your life.

Work with a Chester County Misdemeanor Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been charged with a misdemeanor crime in southeast Pennsylvania, do not let the window of action pass by. This needs to be taken care of quickly and in a professional manner. Michael J. Skinner of the Skinner Law Firm has years of experience dealing with all different types of misdemeanors and has the legal knowledge to effectively defend your name in court.

Call (610) 436-1410 for a free consultation if you were charged with a misdemeanor offense in the Southeastern Pennsylvania counties of Chester, Delaware, Lancaster or Montgomery.