For most people, their only experience with the New Jersey Court system will be through their local Municipal Court. These are courts of limited jurisdiction and hear charges for various offenses ranging in severity from a simple parking ticket, to cases involving allegations of assault, driving under the influence, and drug possession.
The Municipal Courts in New Jersey are responsible for hearing cases involving
- Parking Offenses
- Non-DWI Traffic/Moving Offenses (i.e. speeding, failure to yield, etc.)
- Disorderly and Petty Disorderly Persons Offenses (i.e. domestic violence, harassment and assault)
- Local Ordinance Enforcement (barking dogs, building code violations, fish and game, etc.)
- DWI Offenses (Driving While Intoxicated)
- Drug Possession
Some people make the mistake of assuming that because a charge is brought in Municipal Court, instead of Superior Court, they do not need an attorney and that at most they may have to pay a fine. This is not the case. Depending on the severity of the charge, a person can face significant penalties in Municipal Court including suspension of your Driver’s Licenses, financial penalties up to $5,000, and even jail time. The good news is, if you are faced with a charge in Municipal Court, the burden will be on the Prosecutor to prove his or her case beyond a reasonable doubt. The bad news is that normally, the Prosecutor is an experienced criminal attorney, well trained in criminal procedures, who is already familiar with the local police and the workings of that particular court. The State will have an attorney working to protect its interest, don’t you think you should too?
The attorneys at Shauger & Friedland LLC are experienced Municipal Court attorneys who will work on your behalf to resolve any Municipal Court charges brought against you.