Municipal Court Defense
Too often an individual with a matter in the Municipal Court in New Jersey will consider his case a nuisance, and will represent himself at trial or will plead guilty to an offense without the assistance of counsel. This is a risky strategy because the collateral consequences of a conviction in Municipal Court can affect your life for years in ways not apparent at the time.
The NJ criminal defense lawyers at Schwartz & Posnock are skilled trial attorneys with nearly 30 years of experience in handling New Jersey Municipal Court matters, including traffic cases, charges of drunk driving and drug possession, disorderly conduct, assault, harassment, theft, shoplifting, and underage drinking. We also represent individuals and businesses charged with local municipal ordinance violations. We will protect your interests by filing motions to suppress statements and physical evidence, motions to dismiss complaints, and motions to compel discovery. The vast majority of Municipal Court cases in New Jersey are negotiated to lesser charges. We have great success negotiating our clients’ charges down to the minimum possible charge, with minimal fines and penalties, and with many charges dismissed outright.
CONSEQUENCES OF A CONVICTION IN MUNICIPAL COURT
Municipal Court convictions – even in traffic cases – can carry a jail term of up to 6 months. A Municipal Court judge can impose significant fines, as well as the loss of driving privileges. Conviction of any Municipal Court offense may have a negative impact on your employment prospects, as Municipal Court convictions appear on your State Police History and will appear on a background check. If you are looking for work, or seeking to change jobs, a criminal record from Municipal Court may result in the rejection of your employment application. If you work in a regulated industry, or are a licensed professional, a Municipal Court conviction may result in the suspension of your ability to do business in the State of New Jersey, or in the suspension of your professional license. If you are not a U.S. citizen, conviction of a Municipal Court offense may affect your immigration status, even if you are a permanent resident.
MUNICIPAL COURT TRIALS AND APPEALS
If the best approach in your case is a trial, then our experienced criminal defense attorneys will apply all of our skill and resources to the ultimate goal of achieving an acquittal.
We have handled appeals from Municipal Court convictions to the Superior Court of New Jersey, whereupon those convictions have been reversed. The time to file an appeal from a conviction in Municipal Court is 20 days from the date of the conviction, so it is important to act quickly and contact us to file the required papers in the Superior Court in order to process the appeal. We also litigate petitions for post-conviction relief for clients convicted in the Municipal Court when the time to appeal has expired. Finally, at the conclusion of your Municipal Court case, we will work with you to expunge all convictions and records of proceedings.
MUNICIPAL COURTS IN WHICH WE PRACTICE
We are familiar with Municipal Court procedure, and are available to represent you in every municipality throughout New Jersey from Bergen County to the North and Camden County to the South.
In fact, over the years, we have personally represented clients in the Municipal Courts of Aberdeen, Allenhurst, Allentown, Asbury Park, Atlantic City, Atlantic Highlands, Avon, Barnegat, Barnegat Light, Bay Head, Bayonne, Beach Haven, Beachwood, Bedminster, Belleville, Bellmawr, Belmar, Berkeley, Berkeley Heights, Bloomfield, Boonton, Bordentown, Bound Brook, Bradley Beach, Branchburg, Brick Township, Bridgewater, Brielle, Brigantine, Burlington, Caldwell, Camden, Cape May, Carteret, Cedar Grove, Chatham, Cherry Hill, Chester, Clark, Cliffside Park, Clifton, Colts Neck, Cranbury, Cranford, Deal, Denville, Dover, Dunellen, East Brunswick, East Hanover, East Orange, East Rutherford, East Windsor, Eatontown, Edison, Egg Harbor, Elizabeth, Elmwood Park, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Englishtown, Essex Fells, Ewing, Fair Haven, Fair Lawn, Fairfield, Fanwood, Florham Park, Fort Lee, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Galloway, Garfield, Garwood, Glen Ridge, Guttenberg, Hackensack, Haledon, Hamilton, Hanover, Harrison, Harvey Cedars, Haworth, Hazlet, Highland Park, Highlands, Hightstown, Hillsborough, Hillside, Hoboken, Holmdel, Howell, Interlaken, Irvington, Island Heights, Jackson, Jamesburg, Jersey City, Keansburg, Kearny, Kenilworth, Keyport, Kinnelon, Lacey, Lake Como, Lakehurst, Lakewood, Lavallette, Lawrence, Lincoln Park, Linden, Little Egg Harbor, Little Falls, Little Silver, Livingston, Loch Arbor, Long Beach, Long Branch, Lyndhurst, Madison, Mahwah, Manalapan, Manasquan, Maplewood, Margate City, Marlboro, Matawan, Mendham, Metuchen, Middletown, Millburn, Millstone, Monmouth Beach, Monroe, Montclair, Montvale, Montville, Morris Plains, Morristown, Mt. Holly, Mt. Laurel, Mt. Olive, Mountainside, Neptune City, Neptune Township, Newark, New Brunswick, New Providence, North Brunswick, North Caldwell, North Plainfield, Nutley, Ocean, Oceanport, Old Bridge, Orange, Paramus, Parsippany, Paterson, Perth Amboy, Piscataway, Plainfield, Plainsboro, Pleasantville, Point Pleasant, Point Pleasant Beach, Princeton, Rahway, Randolph, Raritan, Red Bank, Ridgefield, Robbinsville, Rockaway, Roosevelt, Roseland, Roselle, Roselle Park, Roxbury, Rumson, Sayreville, Scotch Plains, Sea Bright, Sea Girt, Seaside Heights, Ship Bottom, Shrewsbury, Somerville, South Amboy, South Brunswick, South Orange, South Plainfield, South Toms River, South River, Spotswood, Springfield, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights, Summit, Teaneck, Tinton Falls, Toms River, Trenton, Union Beach, Union Township, Upper Freehold, Verona, Wall, Watchung, Wayne, Weehawken, West Caldwell, Westfield, West Long Branch, West Orange, West Windsor, Winfield, and Woodbridge.
We will fully investigate each Municipal Court case, aggressively represent you, and work with you to find the best possible solution to your problem.
Having an experienced, aggressive criminal lawyer is critical to the success of defending a Municipal Court case, where your liberty, your financial well-being, and your future are at stake.