Philadelphia Criminal Defense Lawyer
Criminal laws are passed at the state level, but in the city there are additional or unique laws that can also apply. For example, the gun laws in Philadelphia are stricter than in the rest of Pennsylvania.
Knowing what the different laws are in the area you live and work in is important, but it’s always possible to make mistakes. However, criminal charges can make it difficult to find employment and even housing. Working with an experienced Philadelphia criminal lawyer ensures that your future is in good hands.
Being charged with committing a crime does not mean you lose your rights as a citizen. In fact, you should be presumed innocent until proven guilty, and treated as such. This means you have the right not to incriminate yourself, the right to an attorney, and the right to a trial by a jury of your peers. You also have the right to await trial while out on bail instead of sitting in a jail cell.
An experienced Philadelphia criminal lawyer can make sure that your rights are respected throughout the process and that you are not being taken advantage of due to a personal lack of knowledge.
Why You Need a Philadelphia Criminal Defense Attorney
Build Your Defense
Regardless of whether you have been accused of a misdemeanor or a felony, it is necessary to work with an attorney that will build a suitable defense for your case. Young, Marr & Associates has the investigative resources necessary to gather evidence and build a case to either demonstrate your innocence or to demonstrate that you did not plan to commit a crime.
Negotiate on Your Behalf
When you work with our office, a Philadelphia criminal lawyer will negotiate with the prosecution if that is in your best interest. This often means working towards an acceptable plea bargain or trying to have the charges reduced prior to going to trial.
Defend You in Court
If your case does go to trial, you are going to want an experienced Philadelphia criminal lawyer on your side. With your future at stake, it is critical that you receive the strongest possible defense.
While a public defender could represent you, they typically have large caseloads and may be unable to dedicate the appropriate amount of time to your particular case. When you retain our law firm, you will receive dedicated representation throughout the entire process.
Penalties for Crimes in Philadelphia
When charged with a crime, it is important to know what the potential penalties are upon a conviction.
Penalties can range from paying fines and being on probation to spending years in prison. Each crime carries different potential penalties, so we can discuss what you could be facing during your consultation.
Crimes Our Philadelphia Criminal Defense Lawyers Defend
Our criminal law attorneys have spent over 30 years dedicating themselves to defending Philadelphians from a wide variety of criminal charges. Across over 10,000 cases, Young, Marr & Associates have defended residents of Philadelphia from charges including:
- Drug Offenses
- Juvenile Crimes
- Probation Violation
- Sex Crimes
- Traffic Violations
- White Collar Crimes
Thanks to our background in prosecution, our attorneys are equipped to approach every case with a balanced and well-rounded understanding of the criminal justice system. Our experience as prosecutors allows us to anticipate prosecuting arguments, while our experience as defense attorneys allows us to protect our clients in the courtroom. Additionally, because we have been working within the regional legal community for over 30 years, we have built extensive professional relationships with judges and jurors in Philadelphia and across southeastern Pennsylvania.
The crime of assault encompasses a wide range of specific charges. Types of assault charges our attorneys have represented over the years include:
- Assault and Battery
- Aggravated Assault
- Misdemeanor Assault
- Simple Assault
- Criminal Assault
- Physical Assault
- Sexual Assault
- Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Drug possession is one of the most common types of criminal charges faced by residents of Philadelphia. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, drug arrests have been on a steady rise since the early 1980s, with drug arrests across the nation exceeding 1.5 million in 2007. Types of drug offense charges we defend include:
- Simple Possession
- Possession with Intent to Distribute
- Prescription Fraud
- Drug Cultivation and Manufacturing
- Drug Import and Transportation
- Drug Trafficking
We have handled drug offense cases involving substances including but not limited to:
- Prescription Drugs
- Drug Paraphernalia
Like drug offenses, DUI offenses are one of the more common criminal charges brought in Philadelphia, with nearly 50,000 DUI arrests in 2011 alone. In the state of Pennsylvania, if a driver is operating a motor vehicle with a BAC meeting or exceeding 0.08%, they are committing a DUI (Driving Under the Influence). In Pennsylvania, a DUI conviction can result in incarceration, steep fines, temporary license suspension, increased insurance rates, and mandatory ignition interlock device installation.
There are many different types of criminal offenses which are considered sex crimes under Pennsylvania law. Over our 30-plus years of experience in the courtroom, our attorneys have defended clients against allegations of:
- Sexual Assault
- Computer Sex Crimes
- Domestic Violence
- Indecent Exposure
- Child Molestation
- Internet Sex Crimes
Sex crime convictions can result in some of the harshest penalties in Pennsylvania. Not only can the periods of incarceration be lengthy, but convicted sex offenders are forced to enter into a sex offender registry, which is publicly available to friends, family, neighbors, and employers. Many neighborhoods bar registered sex offenders from living in their communities, which can make finding housing exceedingly difficult as well.
White Collar Crimes
Because white collar crimes are not violent and sensational, they tend to go ignored in media reporting compared to crimes like rape, murder, and assault. Therefore, what many people may not realize is that white collar crimes are serious criminal charges which can lead to long prison sentences. At Young, Marr & Associates, some types of white collar crimes our attorneys handle include:
- Internet Scams
- Asset Forfeiture
- Public Corruption
- Money Laundering
- Investment Fraud
- Mortgage Fraud
Philadelphia Criminal Defense Attorneys Offering Free Consultations
If you have been accused of violating a criminal law in Pennsylvania, you could be tried and convicted of a misdemeanor or felony. However, there are legal strategies that could prevent or lessen the impact of a conviction.
No matter what the nature of the charge may be, criminal allegations are a serious matter. If you are facing charges of assault, drug crimes, sex crimes, white collar crimes, theft, forgery, murder, or probation violation, you need a seasoned Philadelphia criminal defense attorney to defend your case in court. Call the law offices of Young, Marr & Associates today at (609) 755-3115 in New Jersey or (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania, or contact us online to arrange for a free and confidential consultation with our Philadelphia criminal defense attorneys.