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Family Law Attorney in Lebanon, PA

Compassionate & Personalized Legal Representation

Are you interested in filing for a divorce in Lebanon, PA? Are you going through a heated child custody dispute? Do you want to establish paternity? Do you need to protect yourself against an abusive partner? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, look no further than The Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter to help you through this difficult time and get the best possible result in your case.

Our legal team handles a variety of family law matters. We can handle all the paperwork, guide you through the complexities of the legal process, and protect your rights and best interests in court. We provide our clients with attentive and responsive legal services to answer any questions or concerns they have about their case.

Call (717) 537-0928 or fill out our online contact form to request an initial consultation.

Helping You Through Your Divorce

Getting divorced can be emotionally overwhelming, especially when it involves children or a significant amount of assets. Our firm knows that every divorce is unique, which is why we do not take a one-size-fits-all approach for every case. Rather, we can assess your situation and determine all your available legal options to increase your chances of obtaining a favorable agreement or verdict.

The Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter handles the following types of divorces:

  • Contested divorce – A contested divorce means the spouses do not agree on one or more divorce-related issues (e.g., property division, spousal support, child custody, etc.). If both parties cannot resolve their differences, then a judge will ultimately decide on each term.

  • Uncontested divorce – An uncontested divorce means the spouses agree on all terms of divorce. In general, this type of divorce is less expensive and time-consuming compared to a contested divorce.

  • Christian divorce – Our legal team understands that divorce can pose religious concerns for Christians, which is why we offer both legal guidance and spirit support to address all the delicate issues of the divorce process.

  • Military divorce – Military divorce presents unique challenges. Fortunately, Attorney Carpenter is from a military family and understands how to navigate the military divorce process.

In addition to divorce, our firm handles a wide range of other family law issues. We understand how difficult and sensitive these matters can be, which is why our legal team cares about helping you from start to finish.

We proudly help clients resolve cases involving:

  • Property division – Pennsylvania is an equitable division state, which means all marital property will be divided in a fair manner, rather than a 50-50 split.

  • Child custody – While the parents can create their own custody arrangements and have the agreement approved by a judge, if the parents cannot agree on child custody and visitation, the court will determine parenting plan based on the child’s best interests.

  • Child support – All parents have an obligation to financially support their children. A child support order in Pennsylvania requires one parent to make a monthly payment to help cover the costs of raising a child.

  • Spousal support – If one spouse is financially dependent on the other, the less-earning spouse can obtain spousal support payments during the divorce process and after.

  • Protection from abuse orders – If you are a victim of domestic violence, our firm can help you issue a protective or restraining order against the abuser and protect you from further or imminent harm.

Criminal Defense Services in Lebanon

If you are arrested for or charged with a criminal offense, a conviction is punishable by a jail or prison sentence, fines, and other harsh penalties. In addition, having a criminal record can make it difficult to get a job, apply for college, find housing, and live a normal life. The Law Office of John R. Carpenter provides aggressive and knowledgeable legal representation for a variety of crimes.

Our firm handles the following types of criminal offenses in Lebanon:

  • DUI - Getting a DUI is a common mistake people make when they’ve had even just one drink and thing that they’re okay to drive. If you’ve been arrested and charged with a DUI, our law office can help get you justice, whatever that they may mean for your situation.

  • Drug crimes - Drug crimes are very serious and can bring lengthy jail sentences and hefty fines. We support you with aggressive representation when you’ve charged with a drug office in Pennsylvania and fight on your behalf to achieve reduced sentences, plea agreements in your favor, and dismissals and acquittals when possible.

  • Felonies - A felony is the most serious charge that can be levied against you, and when you find yourself in this type of situation, you need the expertise and resources of a skilled criminal defense attorney. We’ll do all we can to reduce your sentence and reach a compromise with the state, or provide a defense during a court proceeding.

  • Misdemeanor - Misdemeanor charges are less serious than felony charges, but they can still have a significant impact on your life. if you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor, the defense lawyers at the Law Office of Jason R Carpenter will fight on your behalf to keep your life on track.

  • Theft crimes - Since there are many different types of theft crimes in Pennsylvania, you may find your charges confusing and unclear. We can guide you through all aspects of your charge, explain the options open to you, and help you find justice any way possible.

  • Traffic offenses - If you’ve been caught speeding, telling the officer, “But everyone speeds!” isn’t going to get you off the hook. Even if the fine seems reasonable or you can stand to lose points off your license, if you’ve been charged with any type of traffic offense, you have the right to seek an attorney to lessen the charges against you.

  • White collar crimes - When you’ve been charged with a white-collar crime such as wage theft, fraud, bribery, cybercrime, copyright infringement, identity theft, forgery, or anything else, our skilled white collar crime defense lawyers can help lessen the charges, pursue an acquittal before a jury of your peers, or reach a fair plea agreement with the state.

  • Sex crimes - If you’re facing charges for a sex crime such as rape or sexual assault, indecent assault, pornography, or unlawful contact with a minor, you have the right to a defense attorney who will defend you inside or outside the courtroom.

  • Violent crimes - As defense attorneys, we understand that many violent crimes are committed in the heat of the moment or have underlying circumstances that can reduce your charges. We’ll do our due diligence to help you get justice any way possible.

How To Pick A Lebanon Defense Lawyer

Choosing a defense lawyer is one of the most, if not THE most, important decision you’ll make when faced with criminal charges. Without a good defense lawyer, you may end up facing more serious charges, be responsible for steeper fines, or miss out on a fair plea agreement. For these reasons, it’s crucial to choose the right defense lawyer for your situation.

When choosing which lawyer to hire, there are three essential traits that your lawyer must possess:

  • experience not only as a defense attorney but with experience related to your specific charges,
  • effective and clear communication since the criminal justice system can be incredibly confusing and overwhelming,
  • and accessibility to answer questions, keep you updated about your case, and be able to respond efficiently to calls, emails, or texts.

Pennsylvania Criminal Laws

Whether or not you’ve been personally criminally charged, it’s important for everyone to understand the basics of criminal laws in Pennsylvania.

The first thing you should know is that the state must prove your guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.” This may be proven to a jury or to a judge depending on the crime and your choice.

There are two main types of criminal charges: misdemeanor charges and felony charges. Misdemeanors are less serious offenses that don’t carry lengthy jail sentences or fines while felonies are the most serious crimes and carry much more serious punishments.

There are three levels of misdemeanors ranging from a maximum sentence of one year and/or fines up to $2,500 to a maximum sentence of five years and/or fines up to $10,000.

The same is true of felonies with the lowest level carrying a maximum sentence of seven years and/or fines up to $15,000 and the highest level carrying a maximum sentence of twenty years and/or fines up to $25,000.

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, and misdemeanors can easily become felonies depending on things like prior convictions and special circumstances.

All crimes are subject what’s known as the statute of limitations, which in Pennsylvania is typically two to five years for most crimes. However, the major offenses like rape and murder have no time limits for arrest and prosecution.

Injured in an Accident? We Can Help With Our Skilled Personal Injury Representation!

If you have been injured by a negligent or reckless party in Lebanon, our firm can help you obtain financial compensation to pay for your medical expenses, property damage, lost income, as well as pain and suffering. We can thoroughly assess your case, figure out all your available legal options, and maximize your entitled damages.

Personal injury matters our firm handles include:

  • Auto Accidents- Vehicle accidents are one of the most common types of injury cases we take. York personal injury lawyers can help you receive compensation for injuries sustained even if the trauma is minor. Compensation can also be sought out for property damage sustained during the accident.
  • Construction Accidents - When you get injured at a construction site, it most likely could have been avoided and prevented if the site were following proper safety guidelines. As a result, you’re entitled to compensation for injuries and trauma you experienced. Employees and visitors to construction sites are both eligible for compensation through the courts in cases of negligence or misconduct.
  • Dog Bites - Depending on the extent of the damage sustained during the attack and the circumstances surrounding the bite, anyone who’s been bitten by a dog has the right to seek fair compensation for their injury. If you’re facing pain, emotional stress, or disfigurement after a dog bite, a personal injury lawyer can help you get justice.
  • Medical Malpractice - Medical malpractice suits are one of the most complicated and challenging areas of personal injury litigation. To improve our chances of success, we investigate your case thoroughly before beginning any action. The Law Office of Jason R Carpenter will strive to ensure full and fair compensation in cases of provable medical malpractice.
  • Slip and Falls- Property owners and operators at commercial and residential locations have an obligation to keep their premises free of hazards. If you’ve sustained a serious injury from a slip or fall that was a consequence of negligence, such as a broken bone or head trauma, a personal injury lawyer can help you fight for fair compensation.
  • Truck Accidents- Truck accidents involving drivers, passengers, pedestrians, or bicyclists are a special breed of auto accident. Box trucks, tractor-trailers, rigs, and all other manner of trucks have the ability to cause much more serious accidents, injuries, and even death compared to other motor vehicles. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, or you’ve lost someone due to a truck accident, we will advocate for the compensation you’re entitled to.
  • Workers’ Compensation - Unfortunately, employers often fight workers’ comp complaints tooth and nail to avoid the consequences of an employee injury. In this case, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side who knows how to fight for the compensation you’re owed.
  • Rear-end Accidents- When you’re rear-ended by another vehicle, it is almost always caused by a distracted or irresponsible driver. Whether you’re in a slow-moving vehicle or are completely stopped, there is no excuse for being rear-ended, and you’re entitled to compensation for injuries received and damage sustained to your vehicle.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries- Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are one of the worst injuries a person can sustain. They are often life-altering and can require years or a lifetime of medical treatment accompanied by pain, loss of cognitive skills, loss of mobility, loss of income, and emotional suffering. If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI, a personal injury lawyer will fight for the compensation you deserve.
  • Wrongful Death- Wrongful death often occurs during an illegal activity or due to someone else’s negligent or wrongful actions. Even if there is a criminal proceeding, you can still pursue civil litigation for monetary compensation.

Personal Injury Laws in Pennsylvania

Personal injury laws cover a wide range of accidents. There are three types of liability that can lead to a personal injury case: negligence, medical malpractice, and strict liability.

Negligence refers to a business owners or individuals lack of duty of care. This means that their reckless or careless manner which causes another person’s injury is deemed negligent and they become responsible for compensating an injured party.

Medical malpractice holds a healthcare provider such as a hospital liable in cases where the standard of care was not met, and an injury ensued. These are difficult to prove as you must show that the defendant deviated from the industry standard of care, that breach of care resulted or contributed to the injury, and that the plaintiff (you) suffered damages as a direct result of said injury.

Strict liability applies to injuries sustained by using dangerous or defective products. Strict liability does not prove fault or negligence of a person, but instead sues the manufacturer of the product for compensation. Pennsylvania’s “one bite” rule for dog bites is an example of strict liability as well.

To successfully win a personal injury case, you cannot be found more than 50 percent responsible for your accident. Plaintiffs have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Injury Damages We Fight to Retrieve

There are a number of damages that a personal injury attorney can right to obtain on your behalf. Damages don’t only apply to physical costs you may have to pay as a result of an injury, such as for a hospital visit or adding ramps for a wheelchair onto your home, but mental damages as well.

Damages include costs for medical care, funerals in cases where death resulted from an injury, property damage, and loss of income to replace your lost salary.

Other damages for emotional and mental stress include loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment, and physical pain and suffering.

Every case is different, and some cases may only have one area of damages to pursue while others could have every type of damage listed above. When we review your case, we will apply monetary figures to each type of damage you endured as a result of your injury.

No matter what type of damages you’re entitled to after your accident, the personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Jason R Carpenter are ready to fight for your compensation.

Estate Planning Counsel

The Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter also helps our clients prepare for the future. While we do not normally think about what happens when we pass away, it is imperative to create an estate plan in the event of the unexpected in order to protect your family and ensure your wishes are carried out.

Our legal team can help you with the following:

Contact our Lebanon family lawyer today at (717) 537-0928 to learn how we can help you!

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