Have you received a citation for a traffic violation or for a summary offense, or have you been arrested for a minor criminal offense? If so, the next step is usually to appear in your local Pennsylvania district court for a proceeding, such as a hearing, an arraignment, or a non-jury trial. These proceedings will determine whether or not you will be convicted, and what sentence or penalty will be imposed based on your conviction.
In Pennsylvania, district courts are the first courts to hear summary criminal offenses, traffic offenses, municipal code violations, small claims under $12,000, and landlord tenant disputes. This means that these courts remain very busy, which is why each county, including Montgomery County, has several district courts that serve different groups of voting districts. Be sure to determine the correct district court that you need to report to, based on the information provided to you.
Any proceedings in district court should be taken seriously. Because they can determine your penalty or sentence, it is in your best interest to develop and present a solid defense that can help reduce your sentence or penalty, or even have your charges dropped altogether. Contact our offices today to get in touch with an experienced district court attorney.
Montgomeryville District Court
District Court 38-1-18 is located in Montgomeryville (in Montgomery County), and it serves Montgomery Township and voting districts 1 and 5 of Hatfield Township.
The address of the court is 601 Bethlehem Pike Building “D”, Suite 100 in Montgomeryville. You may contact the court at 215-855-3946 (phone number) or at 215-855-1975 (fax number). This court is presided over by the Honorable Judge Andrea Duffy.
The most common kinds of cases that Judge Duffy handles include traffic offenses, such as speeding, running a red light or a stop sign, failing to yield, or driving with a suspended license. They also include summary criminal offenses, such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, underage drinking, harassment, disorderly conduct, shoplifting, or loitering.
But even these seemingly minor offenses can come with heavy penalties. Traffic violations can be accompanied by fines that can cost you and your family hundreds of dollars. In addition to fines, summary criminal offenses can also land you in prison for as many as 90 days. These penalties can put you and your family in a tough situation, and so it is worth your time and effort to work with an experienced lawyer to develop a strong defense to present to Judge Duffy at the time of your hearing.
As soon as you receive your notice or summons to appear in Montgomeryville district court, give our offices a call right away. This will ensure that you and your attorney have plenty of time prior to your court date to prepare and practice. Because our lawyers have spent years handling cases just like yours in Montgomery County district courts, we know how the system works and can provide you with excellent legal representation. We will keep you informed and will help you feel calm and confident when you go into court. We are only a phone call away, so do not hesitate to give our offices a call.