Criminal Charges

Pennsylvania Criminal Penalties and Categories

What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor in Pennsylvania? What is a summary offense? What are the maximum penalties for each of these classes of criminal charges?

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Under Pennsylvania Criminal Laws, all criminal offenses fall into the following classifications. There are 3 classes of Felonies (Felony 1, Felony 2, Felony 3), for which the maximum penalties are:

  • Felony 1:  Up to 20 years in prison
  • Felony 2: Up to 10 years in prison
  • Felony 3: Up to 7 years in prison.

Similarly, there are 3 classes of Misdemeanors (Misdemeanor 1, Misdemeanor 2, Misdemeanor 3), for which the maximum penalties under Pennsylvania law if found guilty, are:

  • Misdemeanor 1: Up to 5 years in prison
  • Misdemeanor 2: Up to 3 years in prison
  • Misdemeanor 3: Up to 1 year in prison

There is also a lesser category of what is known as a summary offense. If you are found guilty of a summary offense, you face up to 90 days in jail as a maximum penalty.

Pennsylvania Criminal Charges

Some of the charges we defend, and have successfully defending include:

  • drug possession / possession of drugs
  • possession with intent to distribute
  • assault
  • simple assault
  • aggravated assault
  • domestic violence
  • extortion
  • fraud
  • Tax crimes (tax evasion, filing a false return, failure to file a return)
  • theft / retail theft
  • theft by unlawful taking or disposition
  • theft by deception
  • shoplifting
  • receiving stolen property
  • unlawful lotteries
  • gambling
  • disorderly conduct
  • criminal mischief
  • harassment
  • terroristic threats
  • indecent exposure
  • prostitution and related offenses (patronizing, soliciting)
  • Public Indecency / open lewdness
  • Corruption of minors
  • Hacking and related computer crimes (unlawful duplication, computer trespass, distribution of computer virus
  • reckless driving / careless driving
  • driving on suspended license

Please call for a free consultation if you’ve been arrested or accused of any of the above Pennsylvania criminal charges, or other offenses. Our attorney can offer you some advice on what you can do, and how we would be able to help you if you choose us to represent you. There’s no obligation, and the consultation is strictly confidential, even if you don’t choose to hire us. Call now.

For further information and a free consultation on the specifics of any Pennsylvania criminal case, call anytime.


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