New Jersey Municipal Court Defense Attorney
Any conviction in your criminal record can impact your life, no matter if it is a so-called minor charge, or a major criminal offense. Having a criminal record can impact your current job and future job opportunities, professional licenses, your family, and almost every facet of your life. Even traffic tickets can have an impact on your life resulting in increased insurance rates or even result in your license being suspended. If you have been charged with a minor criminal charge, or have received a traffic ticket, do not go to court alone. Call our municipal court defense attorneys immediately.
At the Law Office of John J. Zarych we advocate aggressively for individuals who face a wide range of criminal charges in both municipal and state courts. We represent clients all throughout Atlantic County and the South Jersey. To arrange for a free and private consultation, call the Law Offices of John J. Zarych at (609) 616-4956 right away. Se habla español.
Municipal Court Offenses
The Municipal Court in Atlantic City is often a person’s first interaction with the court system. While the municipal courts are generally considered the lowest courts in the state, Municipal Judges have been granted broad authority to impose fines, prison sentences, and other sanctions. Cases that are heard in the Atlantic City Municipal court can generally be divided into four categories of offenses charged within the City of Atlantic City:
- Violations of motor vehicle and traffic laws
- Violations of disorderly and petty disorderly persons offenses (criminal matters which may result in fines or jail)
- Violations of municipal ordinances
- Violations of Fish and Game laws, Weights and Measures, SPCA, and Boating Regulations
Some of the most common motor vehicle offenses heard in Atlantic City Municipal Court, and the attorneys at the Law Office of John J. Zarych have experience defending include the following:
- Driving while intoxicated;
- Driving without insurance;
- Driving with a suspended license;
- Leaving the scene of an accident;
- Reckless and careless driving;
- Speeding; and
- All other moving violations.
Disorderly persons offenses that are often brought to the Atlantic City Municipal Court, and cases we have represented clients in include the following:
- Possession of under fifty grams of marijuana;
- Simple assault;
- Disorderly conduct;
- Trespassing; and
- All other non-felony offenses.
When do you have to appear in Municipal Court?
There are certain instances when you are always required to make an appearance at the municipal court in Atlantic City. Non-criminal matters such as Traffic, Boating, Local Ordinance, Fish and Game, and Parks and Forests violations can often be paid through the mail or at the court office, also known as a Violations Bureau. However, it is important to note that by making a payment for these non-criminal offenses you are admitting to guilt.
There are many offenses that require that you make an appearance. You will always be required to make an appearance in the Atlantic City Municipal Court. You will be required to make an appearance in municipal court for all criminal matters, such as shoplifting, assault, drug charges, and driving under the influence. However, you do not need to be concerned whether or not you need to appear because there will be a box on the back of ticket or complaint that indicates whether or not you need to appear. If the “court appearance required” box is checked, then you will need to appear.
However, even if you are not required to make an appearance, you may still want to make an appearance in court to contest your charges. This right is guaranteed partly by both the United States and New Jersey Constitution. By making an appearance in court and going through the trial process, there is the chance that the charges will be lowered, dismissed or you will be found not guilty. However, you will not likely have your charges dismissed or even reduced simply by showing up to court. In the interest of justice and fairness, you are expected to abide by all of the court rules and procedures, namely you would need to prove your innocence beyond a reasonable doubt. While it is not impossible for you to do this, an experienced criminal attorney who has devoted years to defending matters in municipal court is one of the most effective ways to ensure that your rights are protected.
Atlantic City Municipal Court Information
Atlantic City is one of the biggest tourist destinations on the east coast and has some of the most vibrant nightlife to go along with it. In addition to this, its municipal court system is one of the busiest in the entire state.
The Atlantic City Municipal Court is located at 2715 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401. The court maintains regular office hours Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Monday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. As evidence of the volume of cases that the Atlantic City Municipal Court hears, there are currently two judges assigned to preside over municipal court cases, whereas most townships in New Jersey only have a single judge assigned to handle matters brought before the court.
Even if a case will not ultimately be heard in the Atlantic City Municipal Court, it may start here. The cases that start in the Atlantic City Municipal Court and then are transferred to the Atlantic County Superior Court include cases of homicide and aggravated sexual assault. However, in some instances even when a case is transferred up to the superior court, it will then be transferred back to the Municipal Court in Atlantic City. This underscores the need to have aggressive and effective counsel from the outset of your case.
Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Atlantic City before your Municipal Court Hearing?
If you or one of your family members was arrested for a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey, it’s important to take the charges seriously. DP offenses may carry lighter penalties than indictable crimes, but make no mistake: a conviction still has the power to result in heavy fines, months of incarceration, the temporary suspension of your driver’s license, mandatory community service, and the creation of a permanent record which can be accessed by potential employers.
However, with representation from a skilled criminal defense lawyer, it may be possible to beat the charges or obtain a conditional dismissal, which means you will be placed under supervision instead of being sentenced to jail. To arrange for a free and private consultation, call the Law Offices of John J. Zarych at (609) 616-4956 right away. Se habla español.