Magisterial District Courts

Magisterial District Courts are the first step in the criminal process.  If you are charged with a DUI, Simple Assault, Property Crime or any other criminal matter in Montgomery Chestr or Bucks County, whether its a misdemeanor or a felony, you will be scheduled for a hearing in front of your local Magisterial District Judge.  These judges determine whether there is sufficient evidence for your charge to be continued up to the Court of Common Pleas for further hearings.  You need an experienced and aggressive attorney to assist you in challenging the Commonwealth's evidence and to ensure the District Attorney's Office treats you fairly.  

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Additionally, if you are charged with a traffic citation, underage drinking or any other citation this will be the court where you have your trial.  The Magisterial District Judge will hear the evidence against you and any evidence you have to show you are not guilty.   The Magisterial District Judge then decides whether or not you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  If you lose at trial you can appeal to the Court of Common Pleas for your county.  An experienced attorney will be a valuable asset in helping you challenge the Commonwealth and/or securing fair negotiations.  Additionally, the Law Offices of Ryan L. Hyde can help you file a summary appeal if you feel your trial result was unjust.  

If you have been charged with a crime, before you go to court, you should call to schedule a free and confidential consulation with the Law Offices of Ryan L. Hyde at (484)886-4271.