Have you received a summons or notice to appear in your local district court in Pennsylvania? If you have, you may need to consult an attorney before you attend your hearing. Because district court is the court in which most cases begin, an experienced lawyer will be able to work with you on your case and help you prepare a defense. You may be summoned to district court if you have been charged with any of the following: driving under the influence, underage drinking, harassment, shoplifting, excessive speeding, driving with a suspended license, or disorderly conduct. District court (also known as magisterial court in Pennsylvania) is also the first court to hear landlord tenant disputes, municipal code violations, or claims under $12,000.
All of these offenses can have serious consequences for you or your loved ones if you are found guilty and convicted. Whether you are facing jail time, an expensive fine, or the inability to drive because of a suspended license, you should always go into your court hearing with a strong defense prepared and with the assistance of an experienced attorney at your side.
District Court in Elkins Park
Elkins Park, like some other areas in Montgomery County, have more than one district court, so it is important that you make sure you are at the right court. District Court 38-1-03 covers several voting districts in Cheltenham Township: districts 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, 2-4, 3-1, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4, 4-1, 4-2, 4-3, and 4-4. If you live in any of these districts, you may be summoned before Judge Christopher J. Cerski. His court can be found at 8230 Old York Road in Elkins Park. The court’s contact information is 215-885-4796 (phone) or 215-884-6530 (fax).
You may be before Judge Cerski because you were caught underage drinking, violating traffic laws, or another summary criminal offense. In order to ensure that you are not sentenced to several months in jail or a fine of hundreds of dollars, you should go into your court hearing, non-jury trial, or arraignment with a well prepared defense. By doing so, you will have the opportunity to show Judge Cerski that you do not deserve the full sentence or even to have been charged at all.
However, you may not know the best way to go about preparing a strong and convincing defense. This is where an Elkins Park attorney can be of assistance to you. Our lawyers have many years of experience handling cases in district courts like those in Elkins Park and Cheltenham Township, so they will know the ins and outs of the process and can help you prepare before your court date. With the confidence you can receive from an experienced attorney, you have an excellent chance to prove to the judge that you should have a lesser sentence or have your charges dropped entirely.
Get In Touch With an Attorney Today
Give our offices a call as soon as you receive your notice or summons. Whether this is a preliminary criminal hearing, an arraignment, a traffic hearing, or a non-jury trial, we are prepared to assist you with whatever your case may be. Our zealous advocacy for our clients will mean that you receive the best legal representation and can go into your hearing in Elkins Park district court with confidence and knowing what the process will be.