If you have been arrested for a summary criminal offense or have gotten a traffic ticket in Delaware County, you have probably received notice of the date that you have been assigned to appear in district court. When you go into district court for your arraignment, traffic hearing, preliminary criminal hearing, or non-jury trial, it is best to go in prepared and confident.
The best way for you to be fully prepared for your district court date is to contact one of our experienced attorneys prior to your assigned date. Our attorneys have handled many cases like yours in district courts throughout Delaware County and the whole state of Pennsylvania. So our experience means that we are familiar with the court system and how we can best assist you in preparing you for your hearing and developing a strong defense to ensure that you do not have to face the full extent of the harsh penalties that can come as a result of a conviction in district court.
Lima District Court
In Pennsylvania, there are district courts in every county, and sometimes several that serve one particular borough or township if it is relatively large. Delaware County has thirty two district courts within its boundaries.
District Court 32-2-48 is located in Lima and covers Chester Heights, Edgmont Township, and Middletown Township. The physical address of the court is 27 South Pennell Road in Lima, and it can be contacted by telephone at 610-565-4110 or by fax at 610-565-1640.
The Honorable Judge Walter A. Strohl presides over District Court 32-2-48. District courts in Pennsylvania only handle certain kinds of cases, including municipal code violations, small civil claims under $12,000, and landlord tenant disputes. But the most common kinds of cases handled in district courts are traffic violations and summary criminal offenses. You are likely facing charges of speeding, failure to yield, running a red light or a stop sign, or a DUI if you have gotten a traffic citation. You may be facing charges of criminal mischief, harassment, disorderly conduct, shoplifting, loitering, or underage drinking if you have been arrested for a summary offense.
But you need to know how steep the penalties for a conviction of these offenses can be. These seemingly minor offenses can cost you hundreds of dollars in fines and put you behind bars for weeks or even months if you have been convicted in district court before.
Call An Experienced Lawyer Today
A strong defense, prepared with the assistance of an experienced attorney, is your best chance at making sure that you do not have to face these incredibly steep penalties, which can put a significant burden on you and your loved ones.
We understand how upsetting the process can be, and so we will work closely with you every step of the way to make sure you feel confident and prepared before your assigned court date. Do not wait to reach out to us as soon as you receive your notice or summons to appear in district court. The faster you can reach out to us, the more time we will have to work with you on preparing your defense.