A: Sometimes, you will certainly need a lawyer. For example, if you have been arrested or charged with a crime or have been served with a lawsuit, you know you should immediately hire an experienced attorney. But remember, people regularly hire lawyers for expertise and legal advice for all sorts of other reasons and situations. Read our blog post on this subject here.
The firm has been a fixture in Collegeville, Montgomery County, for over 30 years. However, we serve much of the surrounding area as well, including:
- Limerick Township
- Lower Frederick Township
- Lower Providence Township
- Lower Salford Township
- New Hanover
- Perkiomen Township
- Skippack Township
- Upper Providence
- Upper Salford Township
The firm formed in 1983.
Our firm engages in the general practice of law, including:
- Real estate transactions
- Business and corporate law
- Municipal law
- Land development
- Employment law
- Estate planning, wills and trusts
- Estate administration
- Divorce, custody and support
- Criminal law
- Juvenile law
- Personal injury claims
- Elder law
Keenan, Ciccitto & Associates, LLP takes pride in its position as the Main Street law firm. We offer confidential professional and personal legal services and use the most advanced research and data-processing techniques available to accomplish our clients’ goals.
This firm works tirelessly to achieve positive results for its clients. We evaluate each case with clients openly and transparently and tell them how the judicial system operates, the length of time the case may take, and the challenges the case may present.
It depends on whether you had alcohol and/or drugs in your system, were in an accident, refused blood or breath testing, and whether you have a prior record for other offenses. The maximum penalty for a first offense DUI is 6 months in prison. Even with no prior record, there are mandatory minimum sentences that a judge must impose for DUI convictions:
- The first time you’re convicted for DUI, the judge must impose a $300 fine and at least six months’ probation — if your blood alcohol content (BAC) was between .08-.99. However, the penalty goes up if you had a higher BAC level, drugs in your system, refused blood or breath testing, or were in an accident.
- If your BAC was from .10-.159, or you were in an accident, the judge must impose at least a $500 fine, two days to six months in prison, and a 12-month driver’s license suspension.
- If your BAC was higher than .16, you had drugs in your system, or you refused blood or breath testing, the judge must impose at least three days to six months in prison, a $1,000-$5,000 fine, and a 12-month driver’s license suspension.
- There are also special penalties that may apply if you were a minor, were driving a commercial vehicle or school bus, or if you had a minor occupant in your vehicle.
An experienced attorney may be able to help you avoid mandatory minimum penalties by getting particular DUI subsections dismissed or withdrawn, helping you apply for the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program, advocating for house arrest, or winning your case at trial.
The parent with whom the child lives usually receives support payments from the other parent. It’s the parent’s duty to support a child until he or she turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever is later. If the child is disabled, this responsibility may continue beyond age 18. A parent usually doesn’t have to pay college expenses for a child over age 18, unless this was decided in the divorce case.
The best interest of the child is the most important consideration when determining custody. To determine this, the court examines factors that impact the child spiritually, morally, physically, and intellectually. The court will review the child’s preference, custody arrangements of the siblings (if applicable), and which parent has been typically the primary caretaker.