Norristown Violent Crime Attorney

If you have been charged with a violent crime in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, you need the best representation possible in order to protect yourself from these very serious charges. These crimes are some of the most serious that a person can commit. Because of this, they carry incredibly strict penalties, including high fines, prison sentences, and loss of constitutional rights. These charges can be defended, and you have the right to the best defense possible.

If you or someone you care about has been charged of a violent crime in Norristown, PA or the Montgomery County area, experienced violent crime attorney Joseph D. Lento is here to help.

Norristown/Montgomery County Violent Crime Defense Attorney

With nearly two decades of experience working in various roles in the Pennsylvania criminal justice system, Joseph D. Lento is a qualified Norristown criminal defense attorney with a comprehensive knowledge of how a criminal case operates from start to finish, and beyond.

If you have been charged with a violent crime in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and need a comprehensive, customized defense, contact the attorneys at Lento Law Firm. Joseph Lento built his practice on the ideals of customer service and justice and he will fight for your rights and freedom. Call (888) 535-3686 today to schedule your free consultation and discover what Joseph Lento can do to clear your name.

Montgomery County Court Process

If arrested in Montgomery County for a violent crime, your case will be scheduled for a preliminary hearing at the applicable Magisterial District Court. There are 30 District Courts in all in Montgomery County. If the case proceeds past the preliminary hearing, the case will be scheduled for a formal arraignment at the Court of Common Pleas located at

2 E Airy St.
Norristown, PA 19401

The criminal process will continue from that point forward often either resulting in the case proceeding to trial or being resolved through non-trial disposition through dismissal or plea.

Violent Crimes in Norristown/Montgomery County

A violent crime occurs when physical violence is involved in the commission of the offense. Often these cases involve the use of a weapon, but not in every case. Violent crimes can result in very serious criminal penalties, as well as the risk of losing other constitutional rights, such as the right to carry a firearm and to vote. If committed against family members, these offenses can also be considered domestic violence under Pennsylvania law.

Violent crimes and their penalties are defined in Title § 18 of Pennsylvania, and include:

Robbery

  • When a person in the process of committing theft takes or removes property from another by force, causes a person to fear immediate bodily injury, or inflicts bodily injury on another
  • Felony – first, second, or third-degree
  • Up to 7, 10, or 20 years of prison, depending on the degree of felony
  • Up to $15,000 or $25,000 fine depending on the degree of felony

Simple Assault

  • When a person causes bodily injury to another negligently, recklessly, or knowingly with a deadly weapon or causes him or her to believe such bodily injury will occur
  • Misdemeanor of the second or third degree
  • Up to 1 or 2 years of prison, depending on degree of offense
  • Up to $2,500 or $5,000 fine, depending on degree of offense

Aggravated Assault

  • When an individual negligently, recklessly, or knowingly causes or attempts to cause serious bodily injury while acting with extreme disregard for human life with or without a deadly weapon, or assaults certain government employees or officials while in the course of duty
  • Felony of the first or second degree
  • Up to 10 or 20 years of prison, depending on degree of offense
  • Up to $25,000 fine

Murder of the First Degree

  • Intentional killing of another person
  • Minimum of life in prison without parole
  • Conviction may lead to death penalty
  • Up to $50,000 fine

Murder of the Second Degree

  • When a person kills another while committing a felony
  • Up to life imprisonment without parole
  • Up to $50,000 fine

Murder of the Third Degree

  • Any murder not involving intent or felony
  • First-degree felony
  • Up to 40 years of prison
  • Up to $50,000 fine

Involuntary Manslaughter

  • A person causes the loss of human life by acting in a grossly negligent or reckless manner
  • First-degree misdemeanor
  • Up to 5 years in prison
  • $10,000+ fine

Voluntary Manslaughter

  • Causing the loss of human life in heat of passion when provoked by that person, or believing the act of killing is justified when the belief is actually unreasonable
  • First-degree felony
  • Up to 20 years of prison
  • Up to $25,000 fine

How to Defend Your Case in Montgomery County

Those accused of a violent crime are at risk for losing their constitutional rights, and their freedoms. However, defenses may apply that can help to save you from these charges:

  • Suppression Motion: Suppression motions exclude evidence that was collected in violation of the Constitution.  When the police violate your rights while gathering evidence, the evidence collected in an illegal way can be kept out of court. This can greatly hurt the prosecutor's case.
  • Self Defense: A person does not have duty to retreat from someone using force against him or her. That person defending him or herself can use reasonable force if he or she believes the person's conduct will cause serious bodily injury or death.
  • Defense of Others: A person can use force to protect another person if he or she believes that it was necessary to protect that person from serious bodily injury or death.
  • Demonstrate Reasonable Doubt: Under U.S. law, criminal cases must be proven "beyond a reasonable doubt," a very high standard. With the help of your criminal defense attorney, you can present areas of doubt to the jury to work towards a not guilty verdict in your case.

Working with a Norristown Violent Crime Defense Lawyer

If you have been accused of a violent crime like criminal homicide, robbery, or rape in the Norristown or Montgomery County area, it is highly recommended that you begin defending your rights and your future as soon as possible. Joseph D. Lento is passionate about helping violent crimes charges like yours through the system and making sure justice is served on all sides.

For your consultation on how Joseph Lento and the team at Lento Law Firm can help you, call (888) 535-3686 today.

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Attorney Joseph D. Lento has more than a decade of experience successfully resolving clients' criminal charges in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania counties. If you are having any uncertainties about what the future may hold for you or a loved one, contact the Lento Law Firm today! Criminal defense attorney Joseph D. Lento will go above and beyond the needs of any client, and will fight until the final bell rings.

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