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Summary Non-traffic Offenses

Summary offenses are minor crimes, including public drunkenness, harassment and disorderly conduct.  These kinds of allegations are treated differently and involve a paper citation like a traffic ticket.  Because the criminal process is different, many defendants do not take allegations, penalties or a guilty verdict as seriously.  Remember that a charge now can impact your rights in the future, so it is important to consult with an experienced attorney before paying a fine or pleading guilty.

Our summary offense lawyer is experienced with cases involving:

  • Public Drunkenness
  • Underage Drinking
  • Fake ID
  • Harassment
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Property crimes

These cases are handled in the magisterial district courts.  With the support of an experienced legal advocate, you may have the opportunity to negotiate your charges with an officer prior to a hearing.  If a suitable resolution cannot be obtained, your case will not go to trial, but will be resolved at the magisterial level.  Most summary non-traffic charges are punishable by a $300.00 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Some offenses, like Underage Drinking and Possession of a False Identification card, impose a suspension of Pennsylvania driving privileges.  You could face a criminal record that could impact your future rights and interests.  Attorney Scott Stein will aggressively defend your rights and work toward an optimal outcome in your case.