Pike County Criminal Attorney
The Pike County criminal defense attorneys at Farley & Bernathy LLC can handle anything from routine DUI cases to other more serious offenses. We defend our clients aggressively in order to ensure that they don’t get railroaded by the criminal justice system.Too often, the prosecution will load up on the charges, throwing the proverbial book at a defendant in order to secure a favorable plea. If the defendant refuses to take the plea then they’re risking years in prison. As your attorneys, we can help you secure a fair deal or beat bad charges that are based on shoddy and lazy police work.
If you’ve been charged with a crime, give our experienced Pike County criminal defense attorneys a call or contact us online and we will begin preparing your defense immediately.
Felonies Under Pennsylvania Law
In Pennsylvania, felonies are categorized by degree. There are three degrees of felonies with third-degree being the least severe and first-degree being the most severe. Each of these has a maximum sentence. Note, however, that first and second-degree murder are not categorized among these. They are considered a separate category entirely.
- Felonies include crimes like:
- Rape or sexual assault,
- Aggravated assault,
- Voluntary manslaughter,
- Insurance fraud,
- And kidnapping.
Maximum sentences for felonies are:
- Third-degree felonies are punishable by up to 7 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
- Second-degree felonies are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
- First-degree felonies are punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
In addition, there are some crimes for which Pennsylvania law requires a mandatory minimum sentence. One notable crime is rape. For the crime of rape, an individual must serve a minimum of five years in prison.
Murder under Pennsylvania Law
First-degree murder in Pennsylvania is considered a capital offense. A prosecutor may, if so inclined, seek the death penalty against a defendant who is charged with the crime of first-degree murder. Second-degree murder is punishable by up to life in prison. One of the litigators at Farley & Bernathy LLC is certified to handle capital murder cases. If you have been charged with a serious crime, our firm is among the top options in the area.
Drug Crimes in Pennsylvania
Possession of a controlled substance, including marijuana, is a crime in Pennsylvania. Charges will vary depending on the kind of drug possessed and the quantity in which it is possessed. It will also depend on whether or not the police and prosecution believe you possessed the drugs with the intent to distribute them. The penalties can go up to first-degree felony charges.
Nonetheless, the prosecutor must prove you knowingly possessed the drug. If you are charged with a drug crime in Pennsylvania Farley & Bernathy LLC can help you potentially reduce charges or win at trial.
Contact our Pike County Criminal Attorneys
If you’ve been charged with a crime in Pennsylvania, you need a legal team that understands your needs and can help you get your charges reduced or dismissed. Give us a call or contact us online and we can begin discussing your options today.