Bucks County Magisterial District Courts

If you've been charged with a criminal offense in Bucks County, your charges may be adjudicated in a magisterial district court. Bucks County is home to a total of 18 magisterial courts. In each courtroom there presides an elected district judge.

Magisterial district courts are courts of limited jurisdiction. Nevertheless, they are responsible for preliminary hearings, arraignments, and summary offenses - the least serious grade of criminal charges in Pennsylvania. Cases involving traffic offenses, disorderly conduct, loitering, harassment, and low-level retail theft (shoplifting), for example, are summary offenses that are commonly held before magisterial district courts.

Aside from criminal offenses, Bucks County magisterial district courts also handle small civil actions.

The following table lists magisterial district courts that are located in Bucks County:

Court

Judge

City

Address

Contact

07-1-01

Michael W Gallagher

Bensalem

2404 Byberry Road

215-638-1040

Fax: 215-638-0135

07-1-02

Frank W. Peranteau Sr.

Bristol

501 Bath Street

215-785-3521

Fax: 215-785-0816

07-1-03

Senior MDJ

Bristol

3030 Bath Road

215-788-5561

Fax: 215-788-5568

07-1-04

Robert L. Wagner Jr.

Levittown

7325 New Falls Road

215-943-9414

Fax: 215-943-9454

07-1-07

Daniel Baranoski

Penndel

142 Centre Street

215-757-6761

Fax: 215-757-2284

07-1-08

John J. Kelly Jr.

Levittown

2661 Trenton Road

215-946-5450

Fax: 215-946-5459

07-1-09

Daniel J. Finello Jr.

Warminster

567 Newtown Road

215-672-5853

Fax: 215-672-8013

07-1-10

Jan Vislosky

Fallsington

9187 New Falls Road

215-736-0231

Fax: 215-736-0809

07-1-11

Senior MDJ

Official MDJ TBD

Morrisville

31 E. Cleveland Avenue

215-736-1121

Fax: 215-736-0835

07-1-12

Joseph P. Falcone

Bensalem

3237 Bristol Road

Suite 100-101

215-741-3501

Fax: 215-741-3503

07-2-01

William J. Benz

Richboro

60 Township Road

215-322-0144

Fax: 215-322-7371

07-2-02

Mark D. Douple

Warrington

1277 Almshouse Road

215-343-7961

Fax: 215-343-7964

07-2-05

Lisa J. Gaier

Quakertown

281 California Road

215-536-9650

Fax: 215-536-6966

07-2-07

Michael W. Petrucci

Newtown

28 North State Street

215-968-1657

Fax: 215-968-5886

07-2-08

Regina Armitage

New Britain

962 Town Center

215-230-7265

Fax: 215-230-7276

07-3-01

Maggie Snow

Doylestown

4001 Durham Road

215-345-7516

Fax: 215-345-7527

07-3-02

Jean Seaman

Jamison

1720 Kendarbren Drive

215-343-0627

Fax: 215-343-0629

07-3-03

Gary Gambardella

Ottsville

276 Tabor Road

610-847-5164

Fax: 610-847-8497

For more information about the Bucks County magisterial district courts and their locations, visit the county website.

The Role Of An Attorney

Although Bucks County magisterial district courts decide upon summary offenses, that's not all these courts do. Most serious offenses involving misdemeanor and felony charges are conceived in these courts. Therefore, the vast majority of Bucks County defendants will be required to attend preliminary hearings and arraignments in magisterial district courts. It is the initial stages of criminal procedure that are most important for defendants, as they will influence the outcome of their case. This is why the presence of an attorney throughout the entire process is important.

The first and most critical step in the criminal prosecution process is the preliminary hearing. A preliminary hearing in Bucks County will be held at any of the magisterial district court locations above, depending on your location and the court's jurisdiction. Defendants are sent a notice within 10 days of an arrest that details the date and time of their first mandatory court hearing. At this hearing, it will be determined whether or not there is sufficient evidence to put a defendant on trial. An attorney can help you maximize your chances of a favorable outcome at this stage in the process.

An arraignment will be scheduled 30 to 60 days after a preliminary hearing in a Bucks County magisterial district court. At an arraignment, several events will take place: the court will detail a defendant's charges, an amount for bail be set, and a defendant and their representation will be asked to enter a plea. A plea is one of the single most important factors in how your case will play out. Only an experienced attorney will be able to decide which course of action is best for your case.

In the criminal process, the ultimate goal for every defendant is to avoid the creation of a criminal record, or to avoid adding additional charges and/or a conviction to their existing record. Crime on a person's record comes with collateral consequences that will make things like landing a job, getting government assistance, gaining residency, and flexing certain rights difficult.

This is why it's important for you to consider retaining a Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney. An experienced legal professional will know the ins and outs of the magisterial district will be able to bring valuable insight into your case. Familiarity with the courts and major players has its perks, as an attorney can properly assess the chances of reducing your charges or even dismissing your case.

Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Attorney

If you've been arrested and charged with a criminal offense in Bucks County, you should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss your options. Attorney Joseph D. Lento has helped numerous clients with a misdemeanor and felony charges get their sentence reduced, and even get their charges dismissed. For more about his representation or case evaluation, contact him online or by phone at (215) 535-5353 today.

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