Experienced Attorney for Felonies in Southeastern PA
Aggressive defense to serious crimes from a seasoned former prosecutor
When you are charged with a serious crime, you need proven legal representation to protect your rights and defend your freedom. For more than 40 years, the Law Offices of David Jay Glassman has committed to building the strongest defense possible to criminal charges that threaten severe and lasting consequences. Our reputation for excellence in defense representation rests on a combination of aggressive advocacy, quick thinking and innovative strategic planning.
Understanding Pennsylvania’s felony laws
The criminal code in Pennsylvania places the most serious crimes into two categories: felonies and noncategorized crimes. The code divides felonies into three degrees:
- First degree: Arson that endangers persons, rape and kidnapping are examples of first-degree felonies. These crimes may have statutory minimums, but sentences may not exceed 20 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.
- Second degree: Statutory sexual assault and burglary of an unoccupied structure are felonies of the second degree. Sentences cannot be for more than 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.
- Third degree: A terroristic threat is a felony in the third degree. Sentences for these crimes are limited to seven years in prison and $15,000 in fines.
However, the most serious crimes are noncategorized. These include first-, second- and third-degree murder of an individual or an unborn child. Pennsylvania has the death penalty for a first-degree murder conviction and life in prison for murder in the second degree.
Lesser crimes in Pennsylvania are categorized as misdemeanors.