When appearing in a municipal court, it is important to have a clear understanding of your rights and obligations, whether you are a defendant, witness, or your loved one faces criminal charges. The New Jersey Municipal Court system has a very specific set of legal procedures and can be difficult to navigate without an experienced attorney to lend advocacy and support. At the Schneider Freiberger Law Firm, we have extensive experience representing clients who are facing criminal charges in a Municipal Court.
New Jersey Municipal Court Proceedings Process
A case that is handled in a Municipal Court will usually be processed much faster than at the state or federal level. In Municipal Court, the investigation, arrest, and initial court appearance and pleadings may all take place the same day. If you find yourself in the municipal criminal system and need immediate assistance, we are here to protect your rights. We offer free consultations 24 hours a day. Call 732-747-0100, or you can contact us by e-mail to protect your rights.
The New Jersey Municipal Court System handles a range of criminal matters that can carry serious penalties including fines and jail time.
Offenses handled in the municipal court system include:
- Traffic offenses
- DWI & DUI Offenses(Driving While Intoxicated/Driving under the influence)
- Assault and threat offenses
- Drug possession and distribution
- Theft and fraud
Negotiating a Plea Bargain in the New Jersey Municipal Court System
A prosecutor may offer you a plea bargain, but it is important to know your rights and the potential outcome for your case if you accept the offer. One of the most important aspects to negotiating a plea is the understanding of the lasting effects of the plea, such as a possible permanent criminal record. Our attorneys will assess the facts of your case, review the plea bargain offer and guide you in making the best possible decision for your defense. If we believe that we can challenge the charges completely, we may advise not to take the plea bargain and we will prepare to try your case.
Know Your Options and Rights in NJ Municipal Court
You have the right to an attorney. You have the right to a hearing. We are committed to protecting your immediate and long-term interests at every stage of the process. We will review all of your options and opportunities for avoiding or reducing penalties in your case. It is important to know your rights so that you can assert them in court, without accepting a plea bargain or charges that you do not deserve.Our firm has longstanding relationships with municipal prosecutors and the judges who preside in many towns throughout New Jersey. Our attorneys travel to all municipal courts in New Jersey to protect the rights and interests of our clients.