If you have been summoned or issued a notice to appear in Elkins Park district court, you should be prepared prior to your hearing or trial. In Montgomery County, there are several district courts that handle summary criminal offenses, traffic citations, preliminary hearings and criminal arraignments, landlord tenant suits, civil claims below $12,000, and municipal code violations.
Most basic offenses will be heard first in district courts, also called magisterial courts in Pennsylvania. Although these offenses may seem relatively minor, they can have devastating consequences on you and your family if you are convicted in district court. Any notice or summons to appear in district court should not be taken lightly -- you should have a strong defense prepared before your court date. That is why having an experienced attorney who is familiar with Pennsylvania district courts can be your best chance at having your sentence or punishment reduced, or having your charges dropped entirely.
Elkins Park District Court
Elkins Park is an unincorporated area in Montgomery County. The district court located in Elkins Park, District Court 38-1-02, covers both Jenkintown Borough and Cheltenham Township (specifically covering voting districts 5-1, 5-2, 5-3, 5-4, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, 7-1, 7-2 & 7-3). The court is presided over by the Hon. Judge Elizabeth McHugh. The court is located at 7804 Montgomery Ave., in Elkins Park, and can be reached by phone at 215-635-1535 or by fax at 215-635-2256.
If you have been summoned to appear in Judge McHugh’s court, you may be facing a traffic ticket, a DUI charge, driving with a suspended license, disorderly conduct, or other summary criminal offenses like shoplifting or underage drinking. Although these offenses are not as serious as some, it is still absolutely in your best interest to be prepared for your hearing and have a solid defense ready to present to Judge McHugh.
Certainly, criminal offenses can come with serious punishment such as time in prison and/or expensive fines. Traffic offenses can also come with hefty fines, and you may lose your license, meaning you do not have the freedom to drive yourself around. This can be an enormous burden on you and your family, which is why you should make certain to prepare a defense to convince Judge McHugh to reduce your sentence or fine, or to dismiss your charges altogether.
Work with an Elkins Park Attorney
Calling our offices today will put you in touch with an experienced Elkins Park attorney, who knows the way that the district court works and who has handled hundreds of cases just like your own. Your attorney will begin working with you right away before your court hearing or summons, so that you can be prepared before your court date. We understand that court summons can often be scary and intimidating, so we will make sure to talk you through the whole process so that you are comfortable and confident. We fight tirelessly for all of our clients to provide them with the best legal representation available in the Jenkintown Borough and Cheltenham Township areas. Do not hesitate to contact one of our experienced Elkins Park lawyers if you receive a notice or summons to appear in district court.