If you have been arrested in Pennsylvania, it may be in your best interest to talk to a criminal defense attorney. Practicing in Holland, PA, Robert Katzenstein has assisted hundreds of clients achieve a favorable outcome. He is dedicated to protecting the constitutional rights of his clients and can effectively defend your freedom and reputation. The best time to retain a lawyer is prior to entering a plea before the judge. To speak to Robert Katzenstein or schedule a consultation, please contact our office online or call Katzenstein Law Offices at (215) 322-3400.
About Criminal Allegations and Defense
A criminal conviction can be life-altering and can impact your present circumstance as well as your future prospects. Penalties are often harsh, including steep fines, loss of driving and other privileges, or can even include incarceration. A conviction also becomes part of your searchable permanent record and can limit career choices and other opportunities.
Remember, you are legally presumed innocent until proven guilty, and prosecutors must present evidence likely beyond a reasonable doubt to convict you.
If you have been accused of a crime, your case will follow a path to resolution in the Pennsylvania criminal justice system. You have the right to call a criminal lawyer immediately following your arrest and to have access to counsel throughout the process.
The initial steps include:
- Arraignment – You will be asked to enter a “guilty” or “not guilty” plea before a judge. You can also request bail release from jail at this time.
- Preliminary Hearing – The prosecutors present their evidence before a judge at the preliminary hearing, alleging "strong suspicion" that you have committed a crime. Your defense attorney can also present evidence at this time as well as cross-examine prosecution witnesses.
- Second Arraignment – If the judge is swayed that your case has merit, the case moves to superior (trial) court. You will be asked to enter a plea in court 14 days after the preliminary hearing.
- From this point forward, pretrial work begins. This may include negotiating a settlement of the case through plea bargaining or obtaining a Motion to Dismiss on legal or technical grounds. If the case is not settled, it will go before the judge and jury.
Help From Katzenstein Law Offices
Robert Katzenstein is a legal advocate with decades of local experience. As your attorney, he will thoroughly investigate the facts of your case, talking to witnesses, scrutinizing reports, and securing valuable evidence that can work in your favor.
Depending upon the circumstances and evidence in your case, Mr. Katzenstein will fight to prove your innocence or work to negotiate the best outcome for you. Police officers sometimes make mistakes, and many criminal cases have been dismissed on a legal technicality alone.
Mr. Katzenstein will stand with you every step of the way, and if warranted, provide a vigorous courtroom defense. Remember, you are legally presumed innocent until proven guilty, and prosecutors must present evidence likely beyond a reasonable doubt to convict you.
Protect Your Future with a Criminal Defense Attorney
Katzenstein Law Offices has effectively represented clients accused of all types of crimes, including homicide. Our most common cases include DUI, marijuana and other drug charges, assault and battery charges, and firearms and weapons charges. If you have been arrested for any type of crime, please contact us online today to speak to Mr. Katzenstein or to schedule a consultation. You can also call our office at (215) 322-3400 with any questions you may have.