Forty Fort Attorney Aggressively Protecting the Rights of the Accused
Fighting to preserve the freedom of northeast Pennsylvania clients
If you are facing serious criminal charges for murder, robbery or another felony, it is pivotal to work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who has an established track record of success. At Jonathan Blum Attorney at Law in Forty Fort, Pennsylvania, I have nearly 40 years of trial experience. Depending on the charges, you could be facing life behind bars, so it is critical not to take chances when it comes to choosing a lawyer.
Relentlessly defending against murder charges
Pennsylvania recognizes three different forms of murder, all of which involve malice:
- First degree — Intentionally killing someone, such as by poison, lying in wait or in another deliberate and premeditated way
- Second degree — Causing someone’s death while committing a felony, even if there was no intent to kill anyone, because the malice is implied by the crime
- Third degree — All other instances of murder resulting from an unlawful act that were not committed intentionally or during another felony
Being convicted of murder can result in a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole. I will steadfastly represent you and fight such serious charges.
Mounting an effective defense if you are charged with assault or robbery
Pennsylvania defines criminal assault as intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury to a person. If you were defending yourself or another person at the time, I can discuss using a self-defense strategy or other viable defenses to robbery or assault charges, such as:
- Not meeting the statutory requirements of the offense
- Having an alibi
I can competently examine the circumstances and determine viable defenses in your unique case.
Pursuing reduced sentences in felony cases
Whether you are facing a charge based on drug crimes, sex crimes, internet crimes, gun and weapons crimes, or any other felony, I can help you seek the best outcome possible based on the circumstances, such as a dismissal of charges or a reduced sentence.
Raising an early, vigorous defense against theft charges
In general, Pennsylvania theft crimes are based on the value of the goods allegedly stolen or received. Theft of $500,000 is a first degree felony, followed by second degree ($100,000 to $500,000) and third degree ($2,000 to $100,000). Aggravating factors can increase the level of the offense regardless of the monetary value involved. I can analyze these charges for potential weaknesses in the government’s case and possible defenses.
Helping with all types of traffic violations
I routinely help clients accused of various traffic violations, including speeding, and seek to reduce the negative effects they can have, including hefty fines and suspended licenses. In some cases, I may be able to pursue a hardship driver’s license for my client. And if you were accused of a serious traffic violation like DUI/DWI or vehicular homicide, I will fight to protect your freedom.