Montgomery County Criminal Defense Attorney
Representing Clients in Criminal Cases in Montgomery County
Montgomery County—or “Montco”—is one of the most populous counties in Pennsylvania. Authorities work hard to keep residents of Montgomery County safe—but this means that numerous people are arrested and face criminal charges on a regular basis. Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty and many defendants are wrongfully charged with crimes they didn’t commit. Police and prosecutors can also—intentionally or unintentionally—violate the rights of citizens during the criminal process.
The above are only some of the many reasons why people who are accused of a crime should seek representation by a skilled Montgomery County criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to call The Zeiger Firm so that we can begin evaluating your case.
We Can Handle Your Case
Criminal offenses range from relatively minor crimes such as petty theft to life-changing felonies such as homicide, and everything in between. It is important to have the right defense firm on your side whether you believe your charges are serious or not. Even a seemingly common charge of driving under the influence (DUI) can result in lasting consequences, including fines, probation, loss of your driver’s license, or even jail time. Many criminal convictions—even minor ones—can harm your professional and personal life in many ways.
Some criminal defense firms focus on traffic and DUI cases and may not be equipped to handle more serious offenses. At The Zeiger Firm, we have experience representing clients charged with a wide range of offenses, including:
- Domestic violence
- Juvenile crimes
- Underage drinking
- Drug possession
- Drug possession with intent to distribute
- Theft, burglary, or robbery
- Gun possession
- Sex crimes
- Child pornography
- White collar crimes
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Vehicular homicide
- Homicide, manslaughter, and murder
Just as every criminal act is different, the case that follows will also prove unique. You need a lawyer who will examine the details of your specific allegations and develop a strategy that will most effectively defend you.
The Zeiger Firm knows there is no one-size-fits-all approach to criminal defense representation. We provide aggressive and individualized representation for every client no matter what charges you face.
Why Should You Call a Criminal Defense Lawyer?
Some people may not call a criminal defense law firm for many reasons. Maybe they think a lawyer is unnecessary for their cases or that they cannot afford one. In any situation, however, the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney can generally improve the outcome of a case. The following are only some of the many functions of criminal defense lawyers in Montgomery County.
Standing up for Your Rights
The rights of criminal defendants have long been recognized in the U.S. justice system—many since the Bill of Rights. Defendants have not been convicted of any crime so it is critical to uphold their rights throughout the entire criminal process. The following are only some of the many rights you have if you were arrested or charged with a crime:
- Miranda rights – When you are taken into police custody and the police want to question you, they are required to inform you of your Miranda rights, which include the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. By invoking these rights, you can contact an attorney and delay any further questioning until that attorney is present and can advise you and protect you from possible police coercion.
- Fourth Amendment rights – The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides the right to remain free from unreasonable search and seizure. This means that generally speaking, authorities need a warrant demonstrating probable cause before they can conduct a search for evidence of a crime or take you into custody. If a search or an arrest violated these rights, our lawyers can often use it to the advantage of your case.
- Other important rights – We also work to uphold your right to fair bail, against self-incrimination, to a speedy trial, against malicious prosecution, and against double jeopardy, among other violations.
Navigating the Criminal Process
The criminal process itself is not a simple one. It involves many steps, laws, rules, and procedures, and it is imperative to hire a lawyer who is thoroughly familiar with the criminal courts in Montgomery County. The Zeiger Firm can skillfully navigate each step of the criminal process, including:
- Bail hearings
- Settlement conferences
- Plea bargaining
- Pretrial motions and hearings
- Jury selection
- Jury trials
- Sentencing hearings
One of the biggest decisions each criminal defendant must make is whether to plead guilty or take a case to trial. We will help you weigh your options, and no matter what you decide, we will zealously fight for the most favorable resolution possible in your situation. We are skilled plea bargain negotiators as well as highly experienced trial attorneys and you can trust in our commitment to our clients.
Post-Conviction Relief and Other Matters
In addition to providing defense representation for clients charged with crimes, The Zeiger Firm can help with many other issues related to criminal law. Many of these cases are opened after a conviction was entered or in conjunction with a criminal case. We regularly handle the following matters:
- Bail reductions
- Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) and diversion
- Sentencing and mandatory minimums
- Criminal appeals
- Probation and parole violations
- Police brutality claims
Do Not Wait to Call a Montgomery County Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
At The Zeiger Firm, we know how much stress any type of criminal matter can cause. Whether the authorities have accused you of drunk driving, possession of marijuana, fraud, or a violent crime, you should not wait any longer to discuss your case with our team. The sooner you call, the sooner we can get started on building an aggressive defense for you. Having the right representation can make a world of difference in your criminal case—it can reduce or eliminate the consequences you face. Please call a criminal defense lawyer at (215) 546-0340 or contact us online as soon as possible.