Criminal Law

1. SUMMARY OFFENSES: A Summary offense it he most minor type of criminal offense in Pennsylvania and is often called a non-traffic citation. Although it is a lesser grade and carries with it lesser penalties, a conviction for a summary offense usually results in a fine and is considered a criminal conviction.
Summary Offense can include: disorderly conduct, loitering, harassment, and low level retail theft among others.

 

2. MISDEMEANOR OFFENSES: A misdemeanor in Pennsylvania is a less serious criminal offense, but is still a criminal charge and punishable by a fine, imprisonment, or both. Conviction of a misdemeanor means that you could be face up to (5) five years in a Pennsylvania County Prison and/or pay a maximum fine of $10,000.

Common Misdemeanors: Simple assault, involuntary manslaughter, harassment, disorderly conduct, false report to law enforcement authorities, endangering the welfare of a child, terroristic threats, minor theft/shoplifting, etc.

 

3. FELONY OFFENSES: A Summary offense it he most minor type of criminal offense in Pennsylvania and is often called a non-traffic citation. Although it is a lesser grade and carries with it lesser penalties, a conviction for a summary offense usually results in a fine and is considered a criminal conviction. Summary Offense can include: disorderly conduct, loitering, harassment, and low level retail theft among others.

Felonies include: Rape, Arson, Indecent assault, terroristic threats, carrying a gun without. Permit, burglary, aggravated assault