In Pennsylvania criminal defense, it is a crime to move in an idle manner and to make stops for no reason in the course of a trip at night time. This crime whereby someone stays in a given area at night for no purpose is known as loitering and prowling at night time. A person commits this crime if while at night time maliciously loiters or maliciously prowls around a house where someone is living or indecent assault any other place used wholly or in part for living or a place where someone stays overnight which belongs to someone else or is occupied by another. Loitering and prowling at night time is a serious offense and may require that the accused spends time in jail. Make sure to contact an experienced Chester County Criminal Defense Lawyer if you are being investigated for or have been charged with this crime.
If you have committed the offense of loitering and prowling at night time, you are committing a misdemeanor of the third degree. This is not a crime that is taken lightly Bail so you could possibly face harsh penalties. If you are found guilty of this crime, you could face a potential penalty of up to one year in prison and/or fines up to $2,500. If you or someone you know has been charged with loitering and prowling at night time, it is important to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible so that they can become aware of their rights. A criminal defense attorney will be able to assess the facts of your case and determine the best course of action to take in order for your case to receive the best possible outcome. The lawyers at the Bellwoar Kelly, LLP are experienced former prosecutors who have handled every type of crime.