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Being arrested in NJ and charged with a Disorderly Persons Offense or Petty Disorderly Persons Offense is an awful experience. Unfortunately, we all make mistakes and bad decisions at times. We know that it is scary to have an officer pull you over or arrest you. You will have questions that the police have likely not answered. You will also have family members very concerned for what will happen to you. We are here to help. We represent individuals charged with varying types of violations in New Jersey that are handled in the municipal courts. 

You may be in a situation where you were not arrested, but a cop pulled you over while you were driving in NJ. Now you have maybe one or several traffic violations and you are unsure how to proceed. Do you hire an attorney? Will you go to jail or lose your driver’s license? These are all questions we can answer.

Types of Cases Municipal Courts Handle in New Jersey

  • Traffic Tickets: speeding, running a red light, careless driving, improper passing, following too closely, failure to yield, reckless driving, improper turn, failure to signal, passing a school bus, failure to stop at a stop sign.
  • Motor Vehicle Offenses: leaving the scene of an accident, driving while suspended, failure to report an accident, driving without insurance, no registration.
  • Minor Criminal Offenses called Disorderly/Petty Disorderly Persons Offenses: drug possession in a motor vehicle, simple assault, domestic violence, shoplifting, bad checks, theft.
  • Ordinances: underage drinking, noise violation, public nuisance, building code violations, dog barking.

Consequences, Fines and Penalties

  • License suspension
  • Jail up to 6 months
  • Points on driving record
  • Fines
  • Community service
  • Surcharges
  • Increased auto insurance premiums
  • Loss of employment, forfeiture of public office, or loss of professional license to practice
  • Loss of CDL license
  • Potential civil liability
  • Collection of DNA sample if the offense is an act of domestic violence, prostitution or certain drug offenses

What Are My Rights In Municipal Court In New Jersey

  1. You are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt
  2. Right to be informed of the charges against you
  3. Right to remain silent
  4. Right to retain an attorney
  5. Right to be assigned an attorney if the judge determines that you cannot afford one
  6. Right to request a reasonable postponement to consult with an attorney
  7. Right to testify or not testify on your own behalf
  8. Right to call or subpoena witnesses
  9. Right to appeal within 20 days of any conviction

We handle Municipal Court violations/offenses in Mercer County, Middlesex County, and Burlington County. 

Mercer County: Hamilton, Trenton, Ewing, Lawrence, Pennington, East Windsor, West Windsor, Hopewell, Princeton Township, Princeton Borough, Hightstown, and Robbinsville.

Middlesex County: Plainsboro, Cranbury, East Brunswick, South Brunswick, and Sayreville.

Burlington County: Bordentown, Burlington City, Burlington Township, Moorestown, Mount Laurel, Willingboro, Mt. Holly, Florence, and Pemberton.