Felony Criminal Trespass Charges and Corruption of a Minor Charges Reduced in Darby, Pennsylvania District Court
I wanted to write about this case I had a few weeks back wherein my client was a young kid approximately 19 years old. He was watching his 9 year old cousin with a few of his friends. My client and his friends decided to go into an abandon building and his 9 year old cousin, along with a friend, decided to go into the building as well. Both minors followed my client to the abandoned building's basement and were messing around. Apparently this house is quite popular for kids to go in, steal stuff and mess around. To make a long story short, the 9 year old friend of my client's 9 year old cousin told his mother who in turn called the Police. She flipped her lid and even accused my client of molesting her son. These accusations are false because the child said my client did not molest him. Nonetheless, the police charged my client with felony trespass and corrupting the morals of a minor.
In every case, my goal is to have the charges either dropped completely or reduced down to what is fair. Really the only thing my client was guilty of was simple trespass, which is a summary offense that carries a fine. In order to get this disposition to preliminary hearing it is important to be reasonable with the prosecutors and have a good working relationship with them. I always treat police and prosecutors with respect and establish that relationship. You see these people day in and day out and sometimes it pays to be nice. Everyone thinks the role of a defense attorney is to be nasty all the time and I always tell my clients, I am like Patrick Swayze in Roadhouse when he said something to the effect to his fellow bouncers, "I want you to be nice until its time not to be nice." That is the same thing I tell my clients, "I am nice until it is time not to be nice"; until it is time to get nasty. Like in this case I had a good working relationship with the prosecutor and was easily able to drop this down to a summary trespass. My client had to pay a $200.00 fine plus court costs. The corrupting of morals of a minor was dropped and the felony trespass was dropped immediately.