NJ Municipal Court Lawyer

About us

Our NJ Municipal Court lawyers represent clients charged with either traffic or disorderly persons offenses.

Our firm is devoted to representing clients charged with every type of disorderly persons offense. Whether you are facing assault charges, domestic violence, drug charges, theft charges, or a DUI charge, we are here to help you.

There are hundreds of municipal courts in NJ. 

We are aggressive criminal defense attorneys who will work tirelessly to defend you throughout your criminal case.

What cases does a NJ Municipal Court Lawyer handle?

NJ Municipal Court offenses include Disorderly Persons offenses:

  • Possession of marijuana, less than 50 grams;
  • Simple assault;
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia;
  • Shoplifting (less than $200);
  • Resisting arrest;
  • Bad checks;
  • Harassment;
  • Lewdness;
  • Obstruction;
  • Petty theft or criminal mischief (less than $200 in damages); and
  • Improper behavior, such as fighting, offensive language, and threatening behavior.

A NJ Municipal Court Lawyer will explain your charges

Sentences for NJ Municipal Court offenses can include up to six months in jail and fines of up to $1,000. There are cases in which a judge may suspend driving privileges for up to two years, even when the charges are not related to the operation of a motor vehicle.

The state further breaks Municipal Court charges to a petty Municipal Court charges. These involve the least serious offenses in New Jersey for which a person can spend time in jail. Petty Municipal Court charges can include disorderly conduct and harassment. Sentences in these cases can involve up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.

Every case is important to us. Whether you are facing a misdemeanor (Disorderly Persons), or a DWI case, we bring the same determination & intensity in our representation to every case. Since the outcome of these cases can have long-lasting consequences, we do not take them lightly.

An NJ Municipal Court lawyer can negotiate a plea bargain for you to avoid going to jail.

Because you are not facing a “crime,” it may be tempting to ignore these charges altogether. This is not an option. These charges need to be addressed, and enlisting the aid of an experienced attorney may lead to your charges being downgraded to a municipal ordinance or dropped completely.

            An experienced attorney can evaluate your case for grounds for dismissal or explore plea options. If these options are not viable in your case, an attorney can represent you in Court.

            In certain situations, an attorney can guide you through a request for a conditional discharge, which are diversion programs that could help you avoid jail time and a conviction record.

            For prospective employers and property owners who do not understand New Jersey’s Municipal Court offenses, when a background check reveals your conviction for any NJ Municipal Court offense, a letter from your lawyer explaining that you have not been convicted of a “crime” may help you to plead your case with your job or housing application.

What to look for in a NJ Municipal Court Lawyer

You or a loved one have been arrested. Understandably, you are terrified & have a lot of questions. You’ve heard about plea bargains & probation, but the process is overwhelming. You want a local attorney near you to represent you.

Regardless of the criminal charges, we are here to defend & protect you. Whether you are facing a restraining order, drug charge, theft charge, or aggravated assault charge, we are here to help you. Even a DWI case can really complicate your life.

If we can’t get your charges dismissed, we can either get them downgraded or place you in a diversionary program. The point is, our NJ Municipal Court lawyers will fight tirelessly to get you the best result possible. Take advantage of our free consultation to see how we can help.

Get Help With Your Case

How Do Your Free Consultations Work?

There are plenty of excellent Hackensack criminal lawyers in our area. Most, if not all of them, offer free, 20-minute, consultations. However, our free consultations do not have a time limit. You will never feel rushed.

The best way for us to help you is to patiently listen to your side of the story. Your version of events will serve as the basis for your legal defense. It is during these initial meetings that your memory of the event is fresh in your mind. Why we would rush you during such an important aspect of your case.

We understand that your choice of attorney could mean the difference between your freedom and spending years behind bars. 

When you hire an attorney, you are entering a long-term relationship. For this reason, it is important that you feel comfortable with the team of Hackensack criminal lawyers that will represent you.

What our clients say about us:

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A person extorts if he purposely threatens to:

a. Inflict bodily injury on or physically confine or restrain anyone or commit any other criminal offense;
b. Accuse anyone of an offense or cause charges of an offense to be instituted against any person;
c. Expose or publicize any secret or any asserted fact, whether true or false, tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt or ridicule, or to impair his credit or business repute;
d. Take or withhold action as an official, or cause an official to take or withhold action;
e. Bring about or continue a strike, boycott or other collective action, if the property is not demanded or received for the benefit of the group in whose interest the actor purports to act;
f. Testify or provide information or withhold testimony or information with respect to another’s legal claim or defense; or
g. Inflict any other harm which would not substantially benefit the actor but which is calculated to materially harm another person.

***It is an affirmative defense to prosecution based on paragraphs b, c, d or f that the property obtained was honestly claimed as restitution or indemnification for harm done in the circumstances or as lawful compensation for property or services.

Reasonable Articulable Suspicion

Reasonable suspicion is a “search” standard that applies in criminal law.

When a police officer conducts a warrantless search, and does not have probable cause to justify the search, the courts look to see if the police had
a “reasonable & articulable suspicion” for the search.

A mere “hunch” is not enough.

In other words, a police officer has to provide an acceptable explanation for the search.

United States Constitution

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

NJSA - 2C:43-7.2.
Eligibility for parole;
persons convicted of certain violent crimes

a. A court imposing a sentence of incarceration for a crime of the first or second degree enumerated in subsection d. of this section shall fix a minimum term of 85% of the sentence imposed, during which the defendant shall not be eligible for parole.


b. The minimum term required by subsection a. of this section shall be fixed as a part of every sentence of incarceration imposed upon every conviction of a crime enumerated in subsection d. of this section, whether the sentence of incarceration is determined pursuant to N.J.S.2C:43-6, N.J.S.2C:43-7, N.J.S.2C:11-3 or any other provision of law, and shall be calculated based upon the sentence of incarceration actually imposed. The provisions of subsection a. of this section shall not be construed or applied to reduce the time that must be served before eligibility for parole by an inmate sentenced to a mandatory minimum period of incarceration. Solely for the purpose of calculating the minimum term of parole ineligibility pursuant to subsection a. of this section, a sentence of life imprisonment shall be deemed to be 75 years.


c. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary and in addition to any other sentence imposed, a court imposing a minimum period of parole ineligibility of 85 percent of the sentence pursuant to this section shall also impose a five-year term of parole supervision if the defendant is being sentenced for a crime of the first degree, or a three-year term of parole supervision if the defendant is being sentenced for a crime of the second degree. The term of parole supervision shall commence upon the completion of the sentence of incarceration imposed by the court pursuant to subsection a. of this section unless the defendant is serving a sentence of incarceration for another crime at the time he completes the sentence of incarceration imposed pursuant to subsection a., in which case the term of parole supervision shall commence immediately upon the defendant’s release from incarceration. During the term of parole supervision the defendant shall remain in release status in the community in the legal custody of the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections and shall be supervised by the State Parole Board as if on parole and shall be subject to the provisions and conditions

Felony Degree

Prison & Fines

Examples

First-Degree

1st-degree felony charges in NJ are reserved for the most serious criminal offenses. Prison terms start at a minimum of 10 years in prison.

Second-Degree

2nd-degree felony charges carry 5-10 yrs in prison.
These charges can often be “downgraded” to 3rd or 4th-degree crimes.

Third-Degree

3rd-degree felony charges carry 3-5 years.
You have a good shot at PTI if you are charged with a 3rd-degree.

Fourth-Degree

4th-degree felony charges carry up to 18 months in jail. These cases can get “remanded” to a lower court. In this way, you will be out of “felony” danger.

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