Municipal courts are the most frequently used courts in New Jersey and there is generally a municipal court in every town. Pleasantville is no exception, however, many people assume that because the Municipal court is considered to be the lowest level court in New Jersey that they do not need to be concerned. However, it is very important to have adequate representation even at the Municipal level. A municipal judge has a considerable amount of authority to impose fines, sanctions, and even prison sentences. In addition, many cases that begin in Municipal Court are then transferred to the Superior Court which has even greater discretion to impose fines, sanctions, and prison sentences.
The most effective way of protecting your rights and avoiding an unnecessary conviction is to contact an experienced criminal attorney. Don’t let a trial date sneak up on you: call the Law Offices of John J. Zarych at (609) 616-4956 to set up a free, confidential legal consultation today. Se habla español.
Need to Contact the Pleasantville Municipal Court?
Listed below you will find contact information for the Pleasantville Municipal Court. If you have questions concerning your case, you may find that the court officials are not able to help you.
The Pleasantville Municipal Court is located at:
18 North First St.
Pleasantville NJ 08232
However, If you have any questions about court hours, procedures for submitting or obtaining legal documents, or any other aspects of a case or the judicial system, call the court in advance. You can also call (609) 616-4956 to speak with the knowledgeable defense attorneys at the Law Offices of John J. Zarych. With over four decades of experience handling disorderly persons offenses, we are always here to assist you and your loved ones.
Municipal Court Cases Heard in Pleasantville
The Pleasantville Municipal Court does not hear every type of case. For example, the Pleasantville Municipal Court will probably not hear a case involving a complex business dispute, nor will they hear serious criminal matters such as murder and arson. These cases are generally heard by the Atlantic County Superior Court, which has broader jurisdiction over cases. The Municipal Court in Pleasantville is considered a court of limited jurisdiction and hear some of the following types of cases:
- Traffic tickets (reckless driving, speeding tickets, etc.)
- DWI charges
- Drivers’ license suspensions and reinstatement
- Disorderly conduct offenses
- Simple assaults
- Liquor license violations
- Construction code violations
- Noise ordinance violations
- Other violations of municipal ordinances
Many people assume that because the Municipal Court is a small court that they do not have to be concerned about their upcoming appearance. However, this is a dangerous misconception. While it is true that the municipal court is a court of limited jurisdiction, the Municipal Judge in Pleasantville has the authority to not only impose hefty fines such as for driving while intoxicated. In addition, because certain disorderly persons offenses carry the potential for a prison sentence, the municipal judge has the authority to place you in jail for up to six months for certain lower level offenses.
Municipal courts also will hear complaints about violating municipal ordinances. These ordinances are the laws of the local town and many municipal ordinance violations carry a fine with them.
Concerned About an Upcoming Municipal Court Date? Call One of Our Attorneys.
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.