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is have the teens follow a three step program of his making:
First, the offender is sent to the Southeastern Council of PA
drug and alcohol 16-hour class, in Doylestown; Secondly, the
juvenile has to perform community service within their own
municipality, from a Common Pleas approved list of nonprofits,
such as food pantries, libraries and parks; and Third, he or
she has to write Petrucci an essay entitled, "What I learned
and why I'll never be in front of a Judge ever again"- or
the better decision making piece, as he calls it. His juvenile
recidivism rate is remarkably small, after this intervention.

WE LISTEN, WE CARE,
WE GET RESULTS

For adult first time offenders, the scenario is actually quite
similar as he aims to get the adult some help. Petrucci has
high praise for Bucks County's mobile crisis unit, and he
often makes a mental health assessment a condition for bail.
Looking around the hallways of his court, you will be
impressed with the array of brochures. Education and
assistance that is available to people from all walks and with
all types of problems, from domestic abuse, to drug addiction,
to suicide prevention, smoking and vaping, food insecurity,
to homelessness. Petrucci believes that information is key. He
works after hours with the Council Rock coalition of healthy
youth, speaking at seminars to educate teachers, parents and
teens about (among other things) the dangers of drug, alcohol
and e-cigarette use, and to prevent classroom bullying.
In 2018, Petrucci was unanimously chosen by his peers to
serve as President of the District Judge Association. In this role,
Petrucci holds bi-monthly meetings for his colleagues, and
arranges for guest speakers at those meetings. MDJs schedule
their continuing education through the AOPC and Common
Pleas Court Administration, with additional (optional) training
at the Doylestown police training center. At the local level, DJ
Petrucci sits on the Bucks County central booking committee
and the Bucks County Court Security Committee. At the state
level, he belongs to three committees, Budget and Finance,
Constable Relations, and Judicial Security, within the State
Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania or "SCJAP."

Family Law * Personal Injury
Criminal Defense * DUI/DWI

Integrity Compassion
Knowledge Results
SERVING BUCKS & MONTGOMERY COUNTIES

Doylestown * Langhorne * Colmar

Judge Petrucci also co-founded "Shop with a Cop" outreach
program for the Upper Makefield, Wrightstown and
Newtown, to provide gifts to underserved children around
the holidays, and in September, he will be welcomed as the
newest advisory board member of the Bucks County Big
Brothers/Big Sisters program.

PHONE: 215-348-9500
87 North Broad Street, Suite 2
Doylestown, PA 18901

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What is next for MDJ Petrucci? I always ask and I have
gotten the same answer from all my interviewees to date.
He is no exception. He wants to retire from the job he
holds right now.

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