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Municipal Court Matters

New Jersey Municipal Court Defense Lawyers

High-profile criminal cases make news headlines, inspire movies and television shows, and capture our imagination. However, the majority of people who are charged with a crime are involved in less-dramatic disorderly persons offenses that fall within the jurisdiction New Jersey's municipal courts.

Although in comparison these matters may seem minor, a conviction for a disorderly persons offense carries a maximum sentence of 180 days in jail, up to two years of probation, fines up to $1,000, and the loss of driving privileges in certain instances. Additionally, in our security-conscious society, being convicted of a disorderly persons offense can result in a criminal record that can negatively impact your ability to get a job or obtain certain state licenses. Because the consequences are severe, it is crucial that you have an experienced legal advocate on your side to protect your rights.

The skilled criminal defense attorneys at Ehrlich, Petriello, Gudin & Plaza, Attorneys at Law are well-qualified and prepared to aggressively defend you, even in a municipal court case. We stay beside our clients through every step of the process, helping defend your rights and best interests through bail hearings, evidence motions, and plea negotiations. If your case must go to trial, we are also there to fight for you.

We can defend you against charges, such as:

  • Simple assault
  • Criminal mischief
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Drug crimes
  • False identification
  • Harassment
  • Resisting arrest
  • Shoplifting
  • Theft

When charged with a disorderly persons criminal offense, many people feel tempted to get the matter over with by pleading guilty and paying whatever fine may be associated with the conviction. Defendants sometimes rush into pleading guilty like this because they were not informed of the consequences that would ensue after a conviction. Unfortunately, the prosecutor who recommends the plea offer and the judge who accepts the guilty plea often fail to perform their duty of informing the defendant of the full impact and consequences of a conviction.

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Other Serious Motor Vehicle Violations

Our attorneys also represent clients facing serious motor vehicle violations, which carry significant penalties including jail and the loss of driving privileges.

We can defend clients against motor vehicle violation charges, such as:

  • Driving while intoxicated/driving under the influence (DWI/DUI)
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Reckless or careless driving
  • Driving without insurance
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Possession of drugs in a motor vehicle
  • Truck violations

These violations are not criminal offenses, but they still carry equally damaging consequences. Additionally, they often involve the same complex procedural evidentiary issues as criminal cases.

In the case of DWI/DUI violations, for example, there are a variety of legal issues that must be carefully examined, including:

  • Did the police properly stop the vehicle in the first place?
  • Did the police properly perform the Alcotest/Breathalyzer test?
  • Are the Alcotest/Breathalyzer test results accurate?
  • In the case of a refusal charge, did the police properly inform the driver as to the obligation to provide breath samples?

Do not risk your reputation and your future. Obtain legal representation now while a skilled Newark criminal defense lawyer may be able to make a positive difference in the outcome of your case.

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