District courts can be found throughout the state of Pennsylvania, with multiple district courts in each county. In fact, sometimes entire townships or boroughs are served by several district courts, depending on the size of the township or borough.
District courts, sometimes called magisterial courts, hear only specific types of cases, including summary criminal offenses, traffic violations, municipal code violations, small civil claims, and landlord tenant disputes. Individuals who have been arrested or have received a citation for one of these offenses will have to appear in district court for a proceeding or hearing — usually, an arraignment, a preliminary criminal hearing, a traffic hearing, or a non-jury trial. The elected judge who presides over the district court will be in charge of this proceeding.
Our lawyers have helped with hundreds of cases similar to yours in district courts in Delaware County and throughout the state. When you receive your summons for your date in district court, call our offices right away to ensure that you have plenty of time to prepare.
Linwood District Court
District Court 32-1-36 is located at 526 West Ridge Road in Linwood, and this particular district court serves the following areas in Delaware County: Lower Chichester, Marcus Hook, Trainer, and Wards 1, 2, and 5 of Upper Chichester. If you have any questions, you can call the court at 610-859-9748 or send them a fax at 610-859-9751. The judge who presides over this district court is the Honorable Judge David R. Griffin.
District Court Cases
The most common kinds of cases that go before Judge Griffin are summary criminal offenses and traffic violations. Summary criminal offenses in Pennsylvania include disorderly conduct, underage drinking, harassment, loitering, shoplifting, and criminal mischief. Traffic violations in Pennsylvania include certain instances of driving while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license, speeding, running a stop sign or a red light, and failure to yield.
People are often surprised to find out the serious penalties that you may have to face if you are convicted of one of these offenses in district court. You could be required to spend up to ninety days in prison, and that time can be even higher if this is not your first conviction. Additionally, you and your family may have to pay a fine that can be hundreds of dollars.
Your best chance at having your jail time and your fine amount reduced, or at having the charges against you entirely dismissed, is to go before Judge Griffin with a well prepared, legally sound, and convincing defense. This is where our attorneys can be of assistance to you. Our experience handling district court cases means that we know how the process works and how to present the best defense possible.
Your notice or summons to appear in district court should list the court that you need to report to, as well as your scheduled court date. Have this information available when you call our offices so that we can help you prepare in enough time for you to feel comfortable going into your hearing. We are just a phone call away, so don’t hesitate to contact us as soon as you are able.