Criminal Law Overview

If you have been charged with a crime, it is very important to have a good defense attorney who will ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive quality legal representation.

Contact a lawyer at Kenneth L. Baritz & Associates, P.C., who will consider your long-term interests and well-being as the top priority throughout your criminal defense case regarding any of the following:

  • Drug charges
  • Gun charges
  • DUI
  • Assault or property crimes
  • Underage Drinking and Expungments

We are diligent and devoted to our client's well-being after a criminal arrest. A defense attorney from Kenneth L. Baritz & Associates, P.C., will meet you in jail and help get you out on bail promptly as needed.

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  • After you have been arrested, the first stage of criminal proceedings is the preliminary arraignment, where a bail commissioner reads you your charges, sets bail and gives you a new court date.
  • If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, then your new court date may be a pre-trial listing where discovery is passed and your case is simply given a new date for trial in municipal court.
  • If you have been charged with a felony, your first court date after the preliminary arraignment will be a preliminary hearing. At that hearing, the witness or witnesses for the prosecution will testify against you, the district attorney and your attorney will question the witnesses, and then the judge will determine whether there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.

Kenneth L. Baritz & Associates, P.C.: Your Advocates

  • The preliminary hearing is the first time that live testimony is taken. Therefore, it is essential that you have an attorney who knows the right questions to ask and the right arguments to make in order to get some or all of the charges dismissed.
  • After the preliminary hearing, if any felony charges still remain, then the next court date will be your arraignment, where the case is given a trial date in the Court of Common Pleas. If after the preliminary hearing, only misdemeanor charges remain, then your case will be given a trial date in municipal court. Regardless of where you have your trial, you need an experienced and dedicated attorney to represent you.

Make No Mistake: There Is Much At Stake

Depending on the type of crime, your sentence if convicted could range from merely paying court costs and fines to spending significant time in state prison.

You need an experienced attorney to make the right pre-trial motions, to develop the best possible trial theory, to make the most convincing closing argument, and to fight in your defense. Contact us at Kenneth L. Baritz & Associates, P.C., to learn how we can help protect your constitutional rights and your freedom, beginning today.