Is a Disorderly Persons offense a crime in New Jersey?

No. In New Jersey a Disorderly Persons offense is not a crime. Rather, it is considered “quasi-criminal” in nature. Disorderly Persons offenses are generally prosecuted in one of New Jersey’s 500+ Municipal Courts. Unlike the Superior Courts, a defendant in Municipal Court does not have a right to a jury trial. In Municipal Court a judge tries the case from start to finish.