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Felony Charges Reduced to Misdemeanor Probation

by | Dec 22, 2010 | Criminal Law |

My client was originally charged with burglary, 18 Pa.C.S.A. 3502 (Felony of 1st Degree), robbery, 18 Pa.C.S.A. 3701 (Felony of 2nd Degree), criminal trespass, 18 Pa.C.S.A. 3503 (Felony of 3rd Degree), terroristic threats, 18 Pa.C.S.A. 2706 (Misdemeanor of 1st Degree), and simple assault, 18 Pa.C.S.A. 2701 (Misdemeanor of 2nd Degree). A preliminary hearing was held several months ago, at which time all the charges were held for court by the Magisterial District Judge in Reading Central Court.

As the case progressed, my client received an initial “plea deal” of 1.5 – 3 years in State Prison from the District attarney’s Office, and he was facing significantly more time than that if he took the case to a trial. Additionally, my client was employed full-time and provided support to his two (2) young children. Under no circumstances could he afford to spend even one (1) day in jail. Therefore, I filed a Omnibus Pre-trial Motion / Habeas Corpus Motion in the Berks County Court of Common Pleas seeking dismissal of all charges.

Although we were prepared to proceed with the hearing, my client was presented with a new “plea deal” on the day of the hearing. The deal was for the charge of terroristic threats, which is a misdemeanor, and the sentence was a two (2) year period of probation. The deal included no jail time, and my client avoided a felony conviction on his record. He was very happy with the outcome of his case.

If you are facing criminal charges in Berks County, please contact my office as soon as possible to setup a no-cost consultation. Never discuss your case with the police or anyone else prior to consulting with an attarney.



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