There are few things more serious than being charged with a criminal offense that may result in a loss of driving privileges, imposition of substantial fines or incarceration. Having a knowledgeable attorney who knows the nuances of the ever-changing laws of the Pennsylvania may make all the difference should you find yourself on the wrong side of the law.
Our Advantage: Extensive Experience From the Other Side
At Williams Family Law, P.C., the attorneys who handle criminal cases have more than 20 years of combined experience in law enforcement and more than 15 years of experience defending criminal matters. Knowing both sides of criminal cases provides the attorneys at Williams Family Law with a unique perspective and the ability to prepare the best criminal defense.
Below are a few of the most common areas of law that our attorneys handle on behalf of clients in the criminal courts:
Protection From Abuse
Although protection from abuse actions are technically not criminal matters, the potential penalties for violating an existing order are quasi-criminal in that they may result in a finding of contempt and incarceration. Protection from abuse actions, also known as PFA’s, are designed to protect persons with familial or intimate relationships from threats, harassment or injury from the other party. The attorneys at Williams Family Law have filed and defended many of these matters over the years and are prepared to litigate those filed frivolously or filed in an attempt to gain an advantage in collateral family law matters such as custody or in a divorce.
Driving Under the Influence
Driving under the influence (“DUI”) is the most commonly charged crime in Bucks County and may result in severe consequences such as loss of operating privileges and substantial fines. A conviction can also negatively affect parental rights as they relate to custody matters. The DUI laws of Pennsylvania encompass not only alcohol, but a wide variety of narcotics and inhalants. Proof of an individual’s intoxication level often involves various testing and may require expert opinions. The attorneys at Williams Family Law have participated in numerous hours of training to assist you in the event that you have been charged with any type of DUI. From preliminary hearing through trial, our attorneys will work to resolve the case and provide our clients with an understanding of the laws involved in the matter.
Children and Youth Investigations
In this day and age, child abuse, sexual or physical, is a “hot button” issue. When such allegations are made to authorities or to persons deemed “mandatory reporters”, reports must be filed with the protection agency, Children and Youth (C&Y). C&Y is required to investigate these allegations fully and thoroughly – and the outcome can have an adverse affect on one’s parental rights. For anyone accused of child abuse, these investigations can be stressful and confusing. The attorneys at Williams Family Law understand the sensitive nature of such allegations and can assist you if you are subject to investigation of these claims. In cases where charges are ultimately brought against you, we will develop strategies and work closely with our clients to defend the case until the matter is resolved. In the event you or your child is the subject of abuse, we can assist you in determining whether you need to contact the proper authorities. Additionally, if Children and Youth Services become involved, we can help you manage communications with the agency.
There are hundreds of offenses in Pennsylvania with which one may be charged. These offenses carry penalties ranging from fines to incarceration. Once charged with a crime, regardless of whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony, it is imperative that you retain a criminal defense lawyer who understands the laws and how to defend against the charges. Time is of the essence and failure to properly address criminal charges may result in increased penalties, loss of property, loss of parental rights, and more. The attorneys at Williams Family Law are experienced and prepared to guide you through the criminal process and will work to achieve the best result for your individual circumstance.
Traffic Citations/Non-Indictable Offenses
Most people have been stopped for a traffic offense at some point in their lives, but very few understand the ramifications of a traffic ticket some of which can carry mandatory license suspensions.
Have you ever wondered which traffic offenses are considered “point” violations? Which traffic offenses assess points to your license? Do points on your license ever come off? Can a guilty plea to a traffic offense negatively affect your divorce case or custody of your children?
These are only a few of the questions the attorneys at Williams Family Law are prepared to answer. Certain traffic offenses may carry mandatory jail sentences. Attempting to handle these matters alone because they are “just tickets” may result in a less favorable result than could have been achievedwith one of the experienced lawyers at Williams Family Law.
If you have been charged with a crime in Bucks County, the criminal defense lawyers at Williams Family Law are here to help you. To obtain help, please contact our office.
Melanie Wender Speaks at Family Law Institute
May 17, 2019