A Municipal Court case can involve a Disorderly Persons Offense, punishable by up to six months in the County Jail plus fines; a Petty Disorderly Persons Offense, punishable by up to thirty days in the County Jail; a violation of a Municipal Ordinance, generally punishable by fines; and traffic violations, including alcohol and drug related driving offenses (DWI/DUI), which can result in your being incarcerated, losing your driving privileges, hefty fines and insurance penalties.
Because so many cases are handled by our state’s municipal courts, prosecutors will consider resolving charges through a plea bargain, instead of a time-consuming trial. A plea agreement can take many forms.
Whether or not to accept a plea bargain is a strategic decision, which must be based upon a knowledge of the law, evaluation of the facts in the defendant’s case, likelihood of a favorable outcome at trial, ramifications of a guilty plea to an amended charge and examination of a defendant’s prior record.
Traffic violations often have disastrous effects on insurance premiums, a person’s driving privilege, employment, and going to school. But the effects don’t always have to be a disaster. At MMGBB we use our skills and experience in dealing with traffic tickets to fight on your behalf so that you can spend time in school, at your job, or with family without needless worry.
Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) are serious offenses and can have long-ranging and detrimental effects on one’s life. An experienced DUI attorney may find issues to work into a powerful defense, or even discover a fatal flaw in the manner in which the police handled you case that could cause the prosecution to dismiss your case. Evidence can be challenged by an experienced attorney, who knows the evidence rules; and, can file motions on your behalf to have the State’s evidence excluded from the trial. MMGBB attorneys can use the facts and the law to your advantage to seek to exclude or diminish certain evidence and, try to lessen or eliminate the charges against you.
We provide legal defense services for persons accused of DUI or DWI throughout New Jersey. Our attorneys can help – no matter how difficult your case may seem.
Disorderly Persons Offense
New Jersey classifies lower level crimes as disorderly persons offenses. This charge is less serious than a felony, but a conviction can still carry serious penalties, including up to six months in the County Jail and serious fines. These are generally summary offenses, which means a person can be tried without facing a jury. A petty Disorderly Persons Offense can result in up to thirty days in the County Jail and a fine.