Have you been summoned or notified to appear in your local Montgomery County district court? If you have, and are not sure of what to do next, our experienced attorneys can assist you with your case.
In Pennsylvania, district courts (which are also referred to as “magisterial courts”) are the first courts that hear cases involving summary criminal offenses, traffic violations, municipal code violations, small claims (under $12,000), and landlord tenant disputes. So, if you have been arrested or have been issued a citation for any of these kinds of offenses, you will almost certainly be expected to appear in your local district court.
Montgomery County, like the other counties in Pennsylvania, has numerous district courts within its boundaries that are intended to serve specific voting districts within the county. Some district courts serve entire boroughs or townships, while others only serve parts of these areas. There is one elected judge who presides over each district court and who makes the determinations throughout your case about your guilt or innocence and what kind of penalty or sentence you will have to face if you are convicted. This is why a district court proceeding should always be taken seriously, with the assistance of an experienced Montgomery County lawyer.
Schwenksville District Court
District Court 38-1-24 is located at 2047 Bridge Rd., Route 113 in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania (in Montgomery County). To contact this district court, you can call them by phone at 610-584-4732, or you can fax them at 610-584-4751.
District Court 38-1-24 serves the following areas: Schwenksville Borough, Lower Salford Township, Perkiomen Township, Skippack Township, and Worcester Township. The court is presided over by the Honorable Judge Judge Albert J. Augustine.
If you have been charged with a summary criminal offense or with a traffic offense, you will likely have to appear in Judge Augustine’s courtroom for an arraignment, a preliminary hearing, or even a non-jury trial in some cases. In general, the most common kinds of offenses that fall within these categories include: underage drinking, DUIs and DWIs, driving with a suspended license, speeding, running red lights or stop signs, failing to yield, harassment, loitering, disorderly conduct, or shoplifting.
It is true that these are generally considered to be “minor” offenses. However, the penalties that can accompany a conviction for these offenses are really anything but minor. In fact, it can cause enormous burdens on you and your family if you are convicted. These offenses can result in sentences of up to 90 days in jail, or more if you are a repeat offender, as well as hundreds of dollars in fines. This may be more than your family can handle for a simple traffic or summary offense.
Call Our Offices Right Away
To ensure that you do not have to face the incredibly steep penalties that can accompany a conviction of a traffic violation or summary offense in district court, call our attorneys as soon as you receive your summons so you have plenty of time to prepare before your court date. We will help you convince Judge Augustine to reduce your penalty or even to dismiss your charges entirely.