Delaware County has thirty two district courts within its boundaries, and each court represents a certain number of wards within various townships and boroughs. There are more district courts than any other kind of court in Pennsylvania, and they deal with the most frequent kinds of cases. Generally, these include traffic violations, summary criminal offenses, municipal code violations, small claims of under $12,000, and landlord tenant disputes.
These claims are extremely common, which is why they are generally sent to the local district court to be handled by the elected district judge (or magisterial judge). In district court proceedings, which include arraignments, traffic hearings, preliminary criminal hearings, and non-jury trials, the district judge is responsible for determining whether to convict you of the offense you have been charged with, and what penalty or sentence to impose as a result of your conviction.
These claims may seem relatively minor, but in fact, they come with fairly serious penalties. If you are convicted in district court, you may be facing up to a $300 fine and even up to 90 days in jail (or up to 180 days if you are a repeat offender). To avoid having these extreme penalties imposed on you and creating a burden for your family, call our offices and speak to an experienced district court lawyer.
Newton Square District Court
District Court 32-1-27 is located in Newton Square, Pennsylvania and serves the following wards of Marple Township in Delaware County: wards 2, 5, 6, and 7. The address of this court is 4655 West Chester Pike in Newton Square. The phone number of the court is 610-356-7430, and the fax number is 610-356-0692. The judge who presides over District Court 32-1-27 is the Honorable Judge David H. Lang, Esquire.
Before you go to your court hearing, you should understand the charges against you, which most likely are either traffic offenses or summary criminal offenses. The most common traffic offenses that are handled in district court include certain cases of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, failure to yield, driving with a suspended license, or running a stop sign or a red light. Common summary criminal offenses handled in district courts in Pennsylvania include those categorized as “criminal mischief,” as well as harassment, shoplifting, loitering, disorderly conduct, and underage drinking.
Depending on the offense and where you are in the process of your proceeding, you could be summoned for a traffic hearing, an arraignment, a preliminary criminal hearing, or even a non-jury trial presided over by Judge Lang. This means that you need to have a strong defense prepared in order to convince the judge that you should not have to face the extreme penalties that go with these kinds of offenses. To do so, contact one of our experienced attorneys today.
Because our lawyers have handled cases like yours in district courts throughout Delaware County, we are well equipped to assist you with your case. Do not hesitate to give our offices a call as soon as you receive your notice or summons, and we can begin preparing with you right away.