Comprehensive Appellate Practice
If you have been charged with a summary offense in Pennsylvania and no other offense (e.g., misdemeanor or felony) is charged along with it, then you will be entitled to a summary trial at the local Magisterial District Court. The most frequent example of this kind of trial is for a traffic ticket. Should you not achieve the result that you desire at that level, you do have the ability to appeal it to the Court of Common Pleas.
At the Court of Common Pleas your matter will be heard anew – de novo, as we attorneys call it. You will have a chance at discussing the matter with a representative from the District Attorney’s office and see if a deal can be reached, or if it should be tried again. Sometimes, you need to appeal the matter to avail yourself to some diversionary programs.
If you are in a situation where you want to appeal a summary matter from a Magisterial District Court to the Court of Common Pleas, or if you want to discuss appealing another matter, contact our office to set up a time for a free consultation to discuss options to achieve better outcomes.
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