Law Office of Vanessa M. Nenni, PC
Past President of the Lehigh County Bar Association
Located in Bethlehem, PA
Serving Northampton, Lehigh, Carbon, Monroe and Surrounding Counties
610-861-5100

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Criminal Defense

Aggressive Criminal Defense

Have you or someone you know been arrested and charged with a criminal offense? If so, you need to find an experienced criminal attorney as soon as possible. Since 1986, the Law office of Vanessa M. Nenni, PC has been providing aggressive criminal defense representation for clients in the Greater Lehigh Valley and the surrounding counties. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

Let Our Experienced Attorney Evaluate Your Case

Criminal charges have the potential to result in very serious consequences that often affect not only the person charged with a crime but also that person's spouse, children, or parents. 

An experienced criminal defense attorney will evaluate your case, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your case with you, identify your options, and counsel you on the best course of action.

Trust Our Legal Representation for Criminal Offenses

  • Drunk driving
  • Drug charges
  • Violent crimes
  • Theft crimes
  • Criminal activity
  • Probation and parole violations
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Probation and Parole Violation Legal Assistance

If you, a family member, or a friend is charged with a probation or parole violation, Attorney Nenni will work to consider the case from every possible angle to seek the best possible result in the case. 
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Work to Expunge Your Criminal Record

Pennsylvania has enacted a new record “sealing” law. Under the new law, certain misdemeanors of the 2nd and 3rd degrees as well as ungraded offenses (punishable by no more than 2 years in prison) can be “sealed”. Simple assault, only if graded as an M3 or “ungraded”. Under the new law, records are available for law enforcement purposes, but are not available to the public. Records can, however, be used for state licensing purposes. Individuals do not need to disclose sealed records for employment or other purposes.

To qualify, an individual must be free of arrest or conviction following release from confinement or supervision, whichever is later, for a period of 10 years. There are certain exceptions to this new law that a knowledgeable and experienced attorney can explain to you.

Protect Your Child's Future

Don't let a crime committed during childhood ruin your child's future. If your child is charged with a criminal offense, get him / her an experienced criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible. A criminal record can have a detrimental effect on your child’s future educational and career goals, as well as other aspects of their life.

Count on Attorney Nenni to Defend Your Child

Attorney Nenni will aggressively defend your child against all juvenile charges. In each case, She will seek the best possible result for your child and will handle your child’s case with discretion. She will also consider and advise you of the long-term implications of criminal proceedings and their impact on the future of your child.

Juvenile Delinquency 

In the state of Pennsylvania, a delinquent child is defined as any minor who is aged 10 years or older whom the court has found to have committed a delinquent act, that is, the child has been “adjudicated delinquent.” Before a child can be adjudicated delinquent, however, the court must also decide whether the child is “in need of treatment, supervision, or rehabilitation.” The laws governing the juvenile criminal process are found here: http://www.pacourts.us/assets/files/setting-1744/file-1560.pdf?cb=ae9e98

In Pennsylvania, in order to facilitate criminal proceedings against a juvenile, a law enforcement officer or district attorney needs to file a petition. Once the petition is filed, an adjudicatory hearing will be held by a judge to determine if there is conclusive evidence to establish that the juvenile did in fact commit the alleged crime.

Cases in the juvenile justice system progress much more quickly than in the adult justice system. This is because the juvenile system requires the court to conduct a hearing within 10 days of the filing of the petition if a juvenile is being “detained.” A detention hearing, the first step in the juvenile court process, will determine whether the minor will be held pending the “adjudication hearing” or released to a parent or guardian. If a child is not detained, he or she will be held at a juvenile detention facility. There is, however, no entitlement to bail in the juvenile justice system. 

If a judge adjudicates your child delinquent, he or she will be sentenced to some form of treatment, supervision, rehabilitation, or confinement as seen fit by the judge. This decision can be appealed to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania within 30 days of the final disposition. At this stage, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible if your child is charged.

Many people are under the misconception that a juvenile record somehow vanishes when a child turns 18 since most juvenile proceedings are confidential. However, that is not always the case. Depending on the charge and the age of the child committing the offense, the juvenile offense will follow the child into adulthood and if the child is charged with a crime as an adult, the juvenile adjudication can affect the penalties imposed for the adult offense. 

If your child is charged with a crime as a juvenile, it is important to contact an experienced juvenile delinquency attorney as soon as possible. Vanessa M. Nenni has the necessary experience and skills to be able to guide your family through this difficult time. Call her now and you will get the aggressive legal representation your child needs.

Important information regarding juvenile trials can be found here:


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