I started my career in criminal law through an internship with the Chester County District Attorney’s office while in law school. Since then I have handled hundreds of different cases throughout Pennsylvania ranging from traffic tickets to DUI to more serious criminal allegations. Moreover, I have experience throughout the various stages of Pennsylvania’s criminal process, and have taught a Continuing Legal Education class at the Jenkins Law Library in Philadelphia about PA Criminal Procedure in the counties. Please visit my criminal defense page for more information.
With over ten years of legal experience, including but not limited to handling hundreds of cases, I have the experience and elan to properly counsel and represent you. I encourage you to explore my site and to reach out to me if you think that I can be of assistance.
I have defended Pennsylvanians facing traffic citations throughout many counties in the eastern part of Pennsylvania. Traffic law can be very frustrating due to the interplay of the laws with respect to collateral penalties (e.g. license suspensions) and the language of the statute itself. Please see my webpage dedicated to this topic, available above.
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Over the past decade American Consumers have faced challenges as a result of our tumultuous economy. The challenges typically stem from the volatile stock market, stagnant wages and/or periods of high unemployment. Any of these aspects of our economy could work alone, or in combination, to create a situation where you may find yourself without the necessary money to cover your debts. And, assuming that getting an extra job or additional income isn’t an option, you have two basic options.
First, you can work with your creditors to solve the issue(s) that you are having. Sometimes it is a change in interest rate or payment terms. Other times, it can be some kind of forbearance or settlement. If those options aren’t available, then your second option is considering filing for Bankruptcy.
I have had success in helping my clients settle with creditors in order to close troublesome accounts. While there is a temporary dip in credit score, this tactic can avoid bankruptcy and create some immediate relief. Sometimes, with a lump-sum payment, accounts can be settled at a discount of around 35% of the principal.
In Pennsylvania, there are three basic kinds of appeals in our courts (as opposed to federal): summary appeals, appeals to the Pennsylvania Superior Court (or Commonwealth Court), and the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
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 lever, 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 in order to avail yourself to some diversionary programs. If you think that you were treated unfairly at the Magisterial District Court, or simply didn’t get the result that you wanted, set up a time to talk with me to see if a summary appeal is appropriate for you.
Family law issues cause common and stressful cases. Most family law cases involve intertwining elements such as spousal support, child support, custody, divorce and alimony.
During these proceedings, or ancillary to orders issued in light of such matters, other family law litigation issues may arise such as contempt, petitions for modification, and/or petitions for special relief. These kinds of matters can be overwhelming if you are representing yourself.
- For example, if you file for divorce you can join claims for custody, spousal support, alimony, and other issues within the divorce complaint itself. You can also file for many of these matters individually as separate filings. And, regardless of how filed, you will need to navigate through the requirements of the prothonotary and/or family court administration to ensure proper formatting and other filing requirements.
This can be very challenging for the average person who has to manage the stress of a job and a fracturing home in addition to meeting filing requirements in order to have their day in court and move on with their life.
I have experience in handling these family law matters, and can help you navigate the legal challenges and stress of your particular case. Call me today for a free consultation so that I can tell you how I can help you.