General Criminal Defense Overview
Central Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Attorneys Defending Clients Charged with Misdemeanors, Felonies, and Traffic Offenses
If you are charged with committing a criminal offense or even a traffic violation, you face burdensome and extremely serious consequences, including incarceration, difficulty obtaining employment, losing custody of your children and relinquishing various rights, such as your right to possess a firearm or driver’s license. With so much at stake, it is vital to timely seek the knowledgeable and experienced counsel of the Harrisburg criminal defense attorneys at Kelly, Parker & Cohen.
We Offer Experienced Criminal Defense for Cases Involving:
At Kelly, Parker & Cohen, we provide clients with a well-rounded legal defense catered to their personal needs. You are welcome to explore our case-winning criminal practice and learn more about our approach and strategy by scheduling a free case evaluation. Call us at (717) 208-2622 today!
Pennsylvania Felonies, Misdemeanors and Summaries
In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, criminal offenses are classified into three categories: felonies, misdemeanors and summaries. Summaries are minor offenses that carry sentences as light as simple fines. Felonies and misdemeanors, on the other hand, are serious and sometimes heinous offenses that can carry a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in state prison.
Misdemeanors and felonies are further divided into three classes: first-degree, second-degree and third-degree, grouped according to maximum potential penalties. These penalties range from probation, to one year, to 20 years in prison. Also, there are several unclassified felonies and misdemeanors, such as drug possession and first-degree murder, that carry much harsher penalties. Judges are afforded discretion in fashioning creative sentences based on aggravating and mitigating factors. Just because an offense has a high maximum possible sentence does not mean the judge will allocate that exact amount. Diligent local criminal defense attorney Lee S. Cohen can assist you with crafting effective and persuasive arguments for reduced charges or lighter sentences, such as probation or community service.
Pennsylvania Traffic Offenses
Motor Vehicle Code violations, commonly referred to as traffic violations, are grouped into a separate category, though they can result in arrests and misdemeanor or felony convictions depending on the severity of the offense. The most common traffic violations Kelly, Parker & Cohen handles are driving under the influence (DUI) and driving under suspension (DUS). In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it can be illegal to drive under the influence of either (1) a drug, including a controlled substance, or (2) alcohol (with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher). Intoxication can be confirmed many ways, including a breathalyzer test, blood test or field sobriety test.
DUI penalties vary depending on (1) whether a controlled substance was involved, (2) the exact blood alcohol content, (3) the age of the driver, (4) if injuries were sustained, and (5) the number of prior arrests. A first-time offender with a BAC of 0.08% may be ordered only to complete probation while a third-time offender under the influence of a narcotic can face a significant period of state prison incarceration, hefty fine, license suspension, drug treatment, traffic safety education, installation of an ignition interlock device and more.
Common Pennsylvania Criminal Charges
Kelly, Parker & Cohen commonly represents clients charged with:
Firearms Offenses: Crime Committed While Armed, Person Not to Possess a Firearm, Carrying a Firearm Without a License
Violent Offenses: Robbery, Burglary, Assault, Sexual Assault, Rape, Homicide, Threats, Kidnapping
Property Offenses: Theft, Carjacking, Joyriding, Destruction of Property, Arson, Criminal Mischief
Drug Offenses: Possession, Distribution, and/or Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance
White Collar Offenses: Computer Crimes, Insurance Fraud, Medicare/Medicaid Billing Fraud, Embezzlement
Traffic Violations: Drunk Driving, Reckless Driving, Driving with a Suspended License, Speeding
Call Kelly, Parker & Cohen LLP to Learn More About Your Legal Options
If you have been arrested or think you may be charged with a crime, now is the time to protect your legal rights! Kelly, Parker & Cohen can be reached 24/7 to explain the charges, review the District Attorney’s Office’s evidence, discuss possible defense theories and develop a plan of action. Each case receives one-on-one attention from former prosecutors who are passionate about protecting the constitutional rights and best interests of their clients. Call Kelly, Parker & Cohen today at (717) 208-2622 to schedule a free initial case evaluation!