New Jersey’s Municipal Court’s have jurisdiction over all Disorderly Persons Offenses, Motor Vehicle Offenses and Town Ordinance violations. Every Municipal Court is equipped with a Judge and a Prosecutor. Unlike Superior Court, Municipal Court matters due not have jury trials. Rather, these matters are all decided by a judge alone.
Disorderly Persons Offenses, which most other States refer to as Misdemeanors, include Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Simple Assault, Shoplifting and Theft under $200 and various other offenses. These offenses are all punishable by up to 180 days in County Jail, fines up to $1000, driver’s license suspension and various other assessments. As such, the potential consequences for such offenses can be quite severe.
Motor Vehicle violations include an array of infractions. The most severe of those is Driving While Intoxicated and Refusal to Submit to a Breath Test. These offenses carry potential jail sentences as well as mandatory loss of driver’s license. Likewise, Driving without Insurance and Driving while Suspended are equally as serious. These offenses, like Driving While Intoxicated and Refusal to Submit to a Breath Test carry potential jail sentences as well as loss of driver’s license. The Law Offices of Joel Silberman has helped countless people successfully navigate these types of offenses as well as defending and negotiating plea agreements in various other traffic offenses to help avoid our clients receiving points on their driver’s abstract.
- Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia – In New Jersey the Possession of less then 50 grams of marijuana is generally a Disorderly Persons offense pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a).
The penalty for a conviction of this offense is up to 180 days in jail, a fine of up to $1000, driver’s license suspension of up to two years and other mandatory assessments that total in excess of $600.
New Jersey has also criminalized the Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2 it is unlawful to use or possess with the intent to use drug paraphernalia.
Like Possession of Marijuana, this too is a Disorderly Persons for which the penalty for a conviction of this offense is up to 180 days in jail, a fine of up to $1000, driver’s license suspension of up to two years and other mandatory assessments that total in excess of $600.
The Law Offices of Joel Silberman has negotiated numerous cases involving Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia on behalf of our clients. We have been highly successful in negotiating agreements that allow for the charges to be dismissed and we have also had great success in saving our clients’ driver’s licenses from suspension.
- Shoplifting and Theft – New Jersey’s Municipal Courts have taken a very tough stance on shoplifting and theft. Both of these offenses, if charged at the municipal level because they involve less then $200, are punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1000.
The Law Offices of Joel Silberman has successfully defended a plethora of shoplifting and theft related cases. Our results have included dismissals for numerous clients as well as negotiated agreements in which our clients have avoided a criminal record.