Absolutely. Even the least serious misdemeanor, an ungraded misdemeanor, carries a maximum one-year jail sentence.
But there is something to consider that many people in jail are not actually convicted of anything. There is a cash bail system in Pennsylvania. In other words, a judge has the authority to order someone accused of a crime to pay a fine in order to avoid going to jail. If they don’t have the money, they must wait in jail until their trial, which might take months or even years, before being released.
If you are charged with a crime in Pennsylvania, you may be imprisoned. You are presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, it isn’t always how individuals are treated. I believe that having a lawyer on your side can save you from unjustified incarceration.
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