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When you have been arrested and charged with a crime in Philadelphia, the consequences you are facing could irrevocably change your life forever. It is important to take action to clear your name and challenge the charges against you.
Take steps to defend yourself when you contact a dedicated Philadelphia criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of M.J. Snyder, LLC. Get your confidential consultation today to learn more about what defense options may be available to you.
Penalties of a Criminal Conviction in Philadelphia
The criminal justice system in Pennsylvania is complex and intimidating. The potential repercussions of a criminal conviction are very serious. In Philadelphia, you may want a criminal defense attorney to defend you against the following types of consequences:
- Felony Convictions
- Misdemeanor Convictions
- Incarceration / Jail Time
- Loss of Custody and/or Visitation for Minor Children
- Loss of Benefits
- Court Costs
- Job Loss / Termination / Difficulty Finding Employment
- Sex Offender Registration
If you are being investigated or have been accused of a crime in Philadelphia, you should hire a smart, experienced, and aggressive criminal defense attorney advocating for your rights. Do not wait.
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How a Philadelphia Criminal Defense Attorney Could Help You
Attorneys Snyder and Shaw will work to minimize your exposure at sentencing, reduce the collateral damage of a conviction for some charges, or fight for acquittal on all charges at trial. Whether in front of a judge or a jury, Marni Jo Snyder and Brianna C. Shaw are confident and calculated communicators who are skilled in the art of persuasion.
As a criminal defense lawyer in Philadelphia, Marni Jo Snyder has resolved thousands of criminal cases. She routinely and successfully makes motions to dismiss, motions to quash, and motions to suppress. Attorney Snyder is not afraid to go to trial and is very familiar with winning. Her reputation as a trial attorney who prepares and investigates tirelessly enables her to negotiate the best plea deals when it makes sense for her clients.
When you choose to work with our firm, you can expect us to:
- Investigate the details of your case
- Build an effective defense for you
- Collect evidence to help fight your misdemeanor or felony charges
- Offer you legal advice
- Represent you in court
- Explain the potential penalties you could face if you are found guilty
- Provide an initial consultation to explain your next steps
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Common Types of Criminal Offenses in Philadelphia
The Law Offices of M.J. Snyder, LLC will provide an exceptional defense for cases involving:
- Drug Crimes, Manufacturing, Possession, Possession with Intent to Distribute, Drug Trafficking
- Sex Offenses, Molestation, Rape, Statutory Rape, Corruption of Minors
- Date Rape, Child Pornography
- Murder, Voluntary Manslaughter, Involuntary Manslaughter Assault
- Robbery, Armed Robbery
- Gun Offenses, Firearms Offenses
- Burglary, Trespassing
- Theft Crimes, Receiving Stolen Property
- Fraud, Identity Theft
- Internet and Computer Crimes, Cybercrimes
- DUI, DWI, Hit-and-Run
- Domestic Violence, Domestic Disputes, Domestic Battery
- Juvenile Defense
- Juveniles Charged as Adults
- Megan’s Law Offenses
Defenses Your Lawyer Can Use in Your Criminal Case
Once your lawyer understands the details of your case, they can build a defense strategy. Depending on the charge you are facing, we may be able to use one of the following defenses in your case:
- False reports: A witness lied
- Lack of probable cause: The officer did not have a reason to arrest you
- Unlawful search and seizure: The police did not have a valid search warrant
- Faulty breathalyzer test results: The machine used to breath test you did not produce accurate results
- Mistaken identity: You were not the one who committed the crime
- No Miranda rights read: The officer who arrested you did not read you your rights
Regardless of the crime you committed, our team is prepared to guide you through the legal process.
Philadelphia Criminal Defense FAQ
When you are facing criminal charges in Philadelphia, you may be scared and worried about your future. You may have many unanswered questions regarding what you can expect from your criminal defense strategy.
In the hopes of helping you get the clarity and answers you need, we have addressed some of the most frequently asked questions regarding criminal defenses in Philadelphia below. If you have additional questions that were not answered on this page, do not hesitate to contact our office for a confidential case review.
Should I Accept a Plea Agreement?
It is difficult to say whether accepting a plea agreement is in your best interest. Generally, the state’s prosecuting attorney may be more willing to work with you regarding a plea agreement when the evidence against you is weak or you may be better served by rehabilitative measures. However, you may not want to accept a plea agreement without first discussing your defense options with your attorney.
How Can I Defend My Case?
Figuring out how to approach your defense strategy can be challenging. The type of crime you are charged with can have a significant impact on how to approach your defense.
For example, if you were charged with a drunk driving offense, your attorney would look at whether challenging the chemical blood alcohol test results, lab procedures, or administration of such tests is appropriate. We may also look into whether you were stopped lawfully.
If you were charged with assault and battery, we might examine whether you were acting in defense of yourself or others. After reviewing the details of your case with your attorney, you will have a better idea of which defense options may be most appropriate for the charges against you.
Should I Work With a Public Defender?
Public defenders are often overloaded with cases. If you want your defense to get the time and attention it deserves and do everything you can to avoid the consequences of a guilty verdict, it may be in your best interests to hire a private criminal defense attorney to advocate for your rights.
Get Help from a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Philadelphia Today
When you are facing criminal charges and are unsure how to best approach your defense, you may want an aggressive legal advocate on your side.
Contact the Philadelphia criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of M.J. Snyder, LLC for a confidential case review today. You can reach us by phone when you are ready to get started on your case.