Municipal Courts hear criminal offenses that carry maximum punishments of six months of jail or less. In New Jersey, these are called disorderly persons offenses.
Common disorderly persons offenses include:
Municipal courts also hear traffic matters, the most serious of which are driving while intoxicated (DWI), refusing a Breath Test, and leaving the Scene of an Accident. A conviction for any of these carries a mandatory driver’s license suspension. If a person is convicted of DWI and has prior DWI convictions, he or she could also face jail time.
Disorderly persons and traffic complaints are usually heard in the Municipal Court of the town where they occurred. A defendant in Municipal Court has all of the same rights as a defendant in Superior Court, except for a jury trial.
At Benedict Altman and Nettl, we have defended countless Municipal Court matters, in towns all over New Jersey.
If you are facing a disorderly persons or traffic charge, our lawyers have the experience to help
We can discuss your case and choose the course of action that is right for you. Every case is handled in a confidential and discreet manner. To set up your free initial consultation, contact Benedict Altman and Nettl today.