Pennsylvania, like many states, has a court system that is divided up into different levels that handle different kinds of cases or claims. Pennsylvania district courts, which are also called magisterial courts, are the first courts to hear cases that involve traffic violations, municipal code violations, landlord tenant suits, small claims under $12,000, and summary criminal offenses. Among those, the most commonly handled cases in district court are traffic violations and summary offenses.
Each county in Pennsylvania, including Montgomery County, has numerous district courts that serve certain boroughs or townships, or even smaller portions of boroughs and townships based on voting districts. If you are uncertain about which district court serves your voting district, you may visit http://www.montcopa.org/index.aspx?NID=1413.
It is important to note, however, that although these offenses may seem relatively minor, they can cost you hundreds of dollars in fines or even weeks in jail if you are convicted in district court. Before your court date, you should reach out to an experienced district court lawyer to assist you with your defense and help you prepare for your hearing, so that the burden placed on you and your family from a conviction in district court can be greatly diminished.
Conshohocken District Court
The district court located in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania can be found at Building “B”, Ste. 101, 625 W. Ridge Pike. This particular court serves individuals who live in Conshohocken Borough (specifically in voting districts 1, 4, and 6) and those who live in Plymouth Township.
The Honorable Judge Francis J. Bernhardt presides over this court. The court can be reached by phone at 610-828-0278, or by fax at 610-828-6722.
The most common kinds of traffic violations handled in the Conshohocken District Court include driving with a suspended license, DWIs or DUIs, running stop signs or red lights, or speeding. Summary criminal offenses usually include underage drinking, harassment, loitering, disorderly conduct, and shoplifting or petty theft.
Be sure to read your notice or summons carefully, because it will tell you whether you need to prepare for a traffic or preliminary criminal hearing, an arraignment, or possibly even a non-jury trial depending on the offense. This will also help you and your attorney develop a strong defense that will help convince Judge Bernhardt to carefully listen to your side of the story. The judge may then decide to lessen your sentence or the penalties of your violation, or he may even decide to dismiss the charges against you entirely.
You do not have to face your district court proceeding alone. Our attorneys have spent years handling cases like yours in district courts across the state, including in Conshohocken, and are well equipped to assist you with your unique case. We will help you prepare prior to your court date so that you will feel calm and confident. We provide our clients with zealous representation, and we are only a phone call away. Call us today so that you will have plenty of time to prepare with your district court attorney before your court date arrives.