In order to best prepare for your hearing in Pennsylvania district court, you should contact an experienced attorney to assist you with your case. The system can be somewhat confusing if this is your first hearing, and you may not be sure what is expected of you or what kinds of consequences you are facing. These are all things that your attorney can help you with so that you feel calm and confident going into your hearing.
In Pennsylvania, there are numerous district courts (also called magisterial courts) located in each county, including Montgomery County. These courts are organized to serve specific groups of voting districts within the county, so you will report to your local district court.
District courts handle specific types of cases: traffic offenses, summary criminal offenses, municipal violations, landlord tenant disputes, and small claims of under $12,000 in value. If you have been issued a citation or have been arrested for one or more of these offenses, you will be expected to report to district court for some kind of proceeding, whether it is a preliminary criminal hearing, an arraignment, a non-jury trial, or a traffic hearing. By contacting your attorney right away, you will have plenty of time to prepare before your court hearing.
Bala Cynwyd District Court
In Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, the district court is District Court 38-2-04, which is presided over by the Honorable Judge Karen Eisner Zucker. The court is located at 11 Union Avenue, Suite 100 in Bala Cynwyd. This court covers numerous voting districts in Lower Merion Township (specifically voting districts 3-1, 7-1, 7-2, 7-3, 8-1, 8-3, 9-1, 9-2, 9-3, 12-1, 12-2,12-3, 13-1, 13-2, 13-3, 14-1, 14-2, and 14-3). To contact the court, call 610-668-1201 or send a fax to 610-668-1204.
In Judge Zucker’s courtroom, you will be facing charges for the kinds of offenses handled in district court. The most common traffic violations heard in district court include driving with a suspended license, failure to yield, running stop signs or red lights, or speeding. The most common kinds of summary (minor) criminal offenses include driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, underage drinking, loitering, harassment, disorderly conduct, or shoplifting.
Why You Should Contact A Lawyer
These offenses may seem relatively minor or insignificant. But unfortunately, they can still result in very serious penalties or sentences if you are convicted in district court. You may be facing weeks in prison, or hundreds of dollars in fines, both of which can put a heavy burden on you and your family.
But if you reach out to an attorney as soon as possible, you and your lawyer can work together to develop a strong defense to convince Judge Zucker to lessen your penalties, or even to dismiss the charges against you entirely. Your attorney will help you understand the process and feel calm and prepared before you go into your court hearing. Our lawyers have years of experience working with individuals on their hearings in district court, and that experience can help you be confident in your own hearing.
Do not wait to contact us as soon as possible so that we may begin working on your case right away.