A Mistake Doesn’t Need To Derail Your Future – Hire A Criminal Defense Lawyer

Last updated on April 23, 2024

There are plenty of situations in which good people make decisions that put them on the wrong side of the law. A criminal charge can change the course of your life, but a strong criminal defense can minimize the negative impact. If you have been charged with a crime, are under investigation for a crime or are seeking legal advice or representation for a loved one in custody in Indiana County or the surrounding community, reach out to me, attorney Robert Muir. I am a criminal defense lawyer with more than 30 years of experience, and at Robert S. Muir, Attorney at Law, I will work diligently to protect your image and your legal rights.

Providing Criminal Defense Against Charges Ranging From Misdemeanors To Felonies

Whether you are facing a charge for a misdemeanor or a more serious felony, I will be a strong legal advocate on your behalf. In my decades of experience in the Pennsylvania criminal court system, I have provided legal advice and assistance in an array of criminal defense matters, including:

The penalties for a criminal conviction can have lasting ramifications – steep fines, prison time or a criminal record are all real possibilities. Take charge of your future by working with a lawyer who will aggressively fight for your best interests.

What is a Misdemeanor?

A misdemeanor is a type of criminal offense that is less serious than a felony but still carries significant penalties and long-term legal consequences.

The parameters for misdemeanors involve potential jail time and fines, though the specific penalties can vary depending on the offense and your legal circumstances. The levels of misdemeanors in Pennsylvania can be classified into:

  • First-degree misdemeanors (M1) have a maximum prison term of five years and are punished more severely than others. This can include things like child endangerment, involuntary manslaughter, stalking and carrying an unlicensed firearm, among other offenses.
  • Second-degree misdemeanors (M2) can lead to a maximum prison term of two years and include things like filing a false police report, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and simple assault.
  • Third-degree misdemeanors (M3) can result in a maximum sentence of a year behind bars. They can include things like disorderly conduct, animal neglect and using a fake ID to buy liquor.

Fines for misdemeanors cannot exceed twice the financial gain from the offense, with maximum penalties set at $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 respectively. Punishment may also include probation and community service, depending on the specific charge and the circumstances surrounding the case. A misdemeanor conviction can also have collateral consequences, such as difficulty finding employment, securing housing or maintaining professional licenses.

Facing criminal charges can be a terrifying experience, especially if you are unfamiliar with the Pennsylvania justice system and legal process. Uncertainties can cloud your mind about the legal process, potential consequences and how this might impact your future.

My top legal priority is to aggressively defend your rights, provide a strong defense and explore all legal options to minimize the impact of these criminal charges. With my extensive experience handling the local Pennsylvania legal system, I’ll work closely with you to develop a tailored legal strategy that addresses your unique needs and concerns. The right legal representation is a crucial tool for helping you defend your rights.

Why It’s Important To Speak With A Criminal Defense Lawyer Before Deciding How To Plead

It is natural to be afraid when charged with a crime. You could be facing time behind bars, a criminal record and possibly having to register as a sex offender. So, it can be very tempting to agree when the prosecutor approaches you with an offer to reduce the charges against you in exchange for a guilty plea. They might even offer to recommend a fairly “light” sentence like community service instead of jail time for a low-level offense.

But be careful. That plea agreement can seem good on the surface, but it has long-term effects on your life that the prosecuting attorney will not warn you about. For example, even a fairly low-level conviction on your record can affect your ability to get a job, rent a home and get into college. Also, the prosecution’s case might be flimsier than you realize, or the police could have violated your legal rights during their investigation. A dismissal or not guilty verdict might be possible.

You will not know your best options until you retain a criminal defense lawyer for legal advice. I have the legal experience in Indiana criminal law to advise you honestly and with your best interests at heart. Instead of having you automatically accept the prosecution’s first plea deal, I can negotiate for a better one or take your case to trial to avoid injustice. With my help, you will understand your rights, the case against you and your choices for how to proceed.

Taking the first plea offer just to make the stress of criminal charges “go away” is rarely in your long-term best interests. We will discuss keeping your record as clean as possible to help you move on from this experience.

Local Experience Working Aggressively For You

I founded my firm in Indiana in 1991. When you work with me, you will be working with a lawyer who has spent decades interacting with local law enforcement, prosecutors and court members. Not only do I know the law, but I also have experience in the Pennsylvania criminal court system that allows me to anticipate the opposition’s tactics. I’ll aggressively gather all the evidence for and against you to build a solid defensive strategy. I will be a strong voice, fighting for your rights and freedom.

Schedule A Free Consultation With An Indiana County Criminal Defense Attorney

Don’t let the cost of legal representation discourage you from calling. I offer free consultations to discuss your circumstances and suggest a course of action. To learn more about the legal options available to you in Armstrong, Cambria, Indiana and Westmoreland counties – and schedule your free appointment – please email me or call 724-471-6457.