Pennsylvania has numerous district courts in the state, as well as several in each county. District courts are designed to serve particular townships and boroughs in hearing common types of cases. The cases that Pennsylvania district courts specifically handle are summary criminal offenses, traffic offenses, municipal code violations, landlord tenant issues, and small claims with values under $12,000.
The most common kind of cases handled in district courts are traffic offenses and summary criminal offenses. Traffic offenses can include speeding, failure to yield, driving with a suspended license, some cases of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and running a red light or a stop sign. Summary criminal offenses include shoplifting, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, harassment, underage drinking, and loitering.
Delaware County has thirty two district courts in its boundaries. Each court is presided over by one elected judge, also called a magisterial judge, whose job it is to decide if you are innocent or guilty. If you are convicted in district court, you could be facing steep penalties that may be more than you and your family can take on. Your experienced district court lawyer can help you during the process, so be sure to give our offices a call if you have been arrested or have gotten a citation for one of the offenses handled by the district courts.
Darby District Court
One of the thirty two district courts in Delaware County is District Court 32-2-37, which is located in Darby. This district court represents Darby Borough, Colwyn, and Sharon Hill, and the judge who presides over this court is the Honorable Judge Leonard V. Tenaglia, Esquire. Before your court date, make sure you know where the court is located. The address of the court is 150 South MacDade Boulevard, Suite E, in Darby. If you need further assistance, you can call the court at 610-534-3504 or send a fax to 610-534-0714.
For the traffic offense or summary criminal offense charge that you are facing, a conviction in district court can mean that you have to pay hundreds of dollars in fines, or even spend weeks or months in jail (for example, a first offense can be up to ninety days, and a repeat offense can mean up to 180 days in jail). If this is more than you and your family can handle, be sure to contact our office as soon as you receive your notice or summons to appear in Darby district court.
No matter if you are going into court for an arraignment, a preliminary criminal hearing, a traffic hearing, or even a non-jury trial, your attorney will be able to talk you through the process and understand what you will need to do at each step. Our lawyers have assisted many individuals charged with traffic offenses or summary criminal offenses in district courts in Delaware County. Your attorney will also work closely with you to make sure you have a solid defense that can convince Judge Tenaglia that you should have your charges dismissed or have your punishment or sentence reduced.
The sooner you reach out to us, the more time you have to prepare for your court date. Let our experience help you come away from your proceeding in district court with the best result possible.