Criminal Defense

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Contacting The Law Office of Roger Renteria is your best defense against criminal charges. When you’ve been arrested, an experienced lawyer will make sure your rights are protected and can begin taking the steps that may help you avoid jail time or other penalties. Depending on the severity of the charges, you may be facing incarceration, fines, restitution, loss of driving privileges or registration as a sex offender. Through countless jury trials and years of working within the criminal justice system, Roger Renteria has developed successful strategies for guiding clients to the best possible outcomes. Roger has handled all types of criminal offenses including, but not limited to:

  • Homicide
  • Simple & Aggravated Assault
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Theft
  • Fraud
  • DUI
  • Driving While License is Suspended or Revoked
  • Felony & Misdemeanor Drug Offenses
  • Gun Violations
  • Sex Crimes

We also handle Juvenile Cases, probation and parole violation matters, Walk in Petitions on probation and parole violations, appellate work in the Lower Court and Superior Court Appeals. We understand the serious impact criminal charges can have on your life. People with records may have difficulty getting a job or securing a loan. They face negative effects on relationships, family life and their ability to support the ones they love. Reputations can be ruined and with a criminal conviction, they can even lose their freedom. Putting The Law Office of Roger Renteria to work for you will increase your chances of minimizing the impact of an arrest. Here are several examples of how Roger’s experience can help.

DUI

If you have been charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI), you face mandatory jail time, mandatory license suspension, court imposed probation, and a criminal record – even if it’s your first offense.

With an experienced attorney at your side, you can avoid jail time. You can avoid a license suspension. You can even avoid a criminal record.

ARD – For first-time DUI offenders, Roger provides Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) representation. Even a first DUI offense carries mandatory jail time, but if you qualify for the ARD program, license suspensions and jail time can be avoided. People that successfully complete the program are not convicted and they get a second chance with no permanent criminal record.

If your license does get suspended, Roger can file a PennDot Appeal, getting work licenses and suspension reductions as well.

If you are caught driving with a DUI-related suspension, you will be charged with a 1543(B) relating to DUI. It carries a MANDATORY 60-90 days of incarceration that the District Justice must impose. A second offense carries a minimum of 90 days in jail. The Court may also require second offenders to also wear a SCRAM alcohol-testing monitor and undergo bail supervision.

SUMMARY APPEAL – If you are charged with summary violations for driving under a license suspension the citation will almost always carry mandatory jail time.

If you are driving with a non-DUI related suspension, and have had any prior citations, you can be cited as a habitual offender and can receive jail time as well.

In order to keep clients from going to jail, Roger can file a Summary Appeal at the Court of Common Pleas and request a hearing. When a hearing is requested, often an agreement can be reached with the District Attorney’s office and jail time can be avoided.

FIRST TIME OFFENDERS

DIVERSIONARY PROGRAMS – If you have been charged with a misdemeanor like marijuana possession, possession of paraphernalia, or retail theft, and are a first time offender, the County may allow for a diversionary program. This allows your case to be resolved at a District Justice level and could include mandatory education, testing, and community service. Satisfactory completion of the program results in a dismissal of the charges and allowance to file for expungement.

EXPUNGEMENT OF PRIOR RECORDS – Roger files expungement petitions to remove or clear a person’s prior criminal record including juvenile cases. He also handles Governors Pardons for felony charges.

If your charges cannot be cleared and you do face serious consequences, The Law Office of Roger Renteria can also provide services to help your situation. These include:

  • Prison Visits
  • Motions to Modify Sentences
  • Court Petitions - including the drafting and presentation for walk-ins
  • Bail Modifications - allowing immediate release from prison
  • Prison Furloughs
  • Bench Warrant Removal

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