Have you gotten a summons or a notice to appear in district court in Delaware County? If you have, then you have a received an assigned court date following your arrest or your traffic violation. You will be expected to appear for your traffic hearing, your arraignment, your preliminary criminal hearing, or your non-jury trial and have your case heard before a judge.
Delaware County has over thirty district courts that handle certain kinds of offenses: specifically, they handle summary criminal offenses, traffic violations, municipal code violations, landlord tenant disputes, and small claims under $12,000. Each district courts handle the cases in these categories that arise in the areas that they cover, usually particular townships or boroughs. One elected judge, or magisterial judge, presides over each district court.
Be sure to take your proceeding seriously, because a conviction of one of these offenses can result in extremely high penalties that can place an enormous burden on you and your family. You could be facing hundreds of dollars in fines, and even months in prison, if you are convicted in district court. But by contacting an experienced district court attorney, you can prepare a strong defense that will convince the judge to reduce your penalty or even to dismiss your case entirely.
Havertown District Court
District Court 32-2-53 is located in Havertown, Pennsylvania, and is one of the thirty two district courts that are located in Delaware County. The address of the court is 525 West Chester Pike, Suites 103 and 105 in Havertown, and the court specifically serves Wards 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 of Haverford Township. The court is presided over by the Honorable Judge Elisa C. Lacianca, Esquire. If you have any questions about your hearing, you can call the court at 610-449-5189 or send a fax to 610-789-9167.
The most common kinds of offenses handled in Judge Lancianca’s courtroom include summary criminal offenses and traffic offenses. Summary criminal offenses in Pennsylvania include underage drinking, disorderly conduct, loitering, harassment, criminal mischief, and shoplifting. Common traffic offenses include certain cases of driving while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license, failure to yield, ignoring stop signs or red lights, and speeding.
The high fines and prison time that can accompany a conviction may seem disproportionate to the offense with which you have been charged, which is why you need to have an experienced lawyer by your side throughout the entire process. Our lawyers have handled numerous cases like yours in district courts throughout Delaware County and across the state of Pennsylvania, so we are familiar with what you will need to do in your hearing and what the best defense to present to the judge will be.
Our office is only a call away, so do not wait -- as soon as you know what your assigned court date is, reach out to us. This will give us the most time to prepare with you and ensure that you feel confident and calm before you go into your hearing in district court. We are ready to assist you with your case and to serve the best interests of you and your family during this process.