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Is Your Case Being Heard In Municipal Court?

In New Jersey, many lower-level criminal charges go through the municipal court system rather than the state superior court system. These charges are known as disorderly persons offenses and can still have a serious effect on your future. Depending on the offense, you could face jail time, loss of your driver’s license and steep fines, not to mention a criminal record.

When it comes to any type of criminal charge, you need a knowledgeable attorney at your side. At the Law Offices of James A. Abate, we take every case seriously and will give your case the personalized attention it needs. Our attorneys enjoy being in court and will not shy away from fighting for your rights at trial when needed.

Common Disorderly Persons Offenses

In addition to violations of various municipal ordinances, disorderly persons offenses include:

These are just a few examples of the many criminal charges heard in municipal courts. Certain criminal offenses can end up in superior court, depending on the severity of the situation. For example, drug paraphernalia charges and possession of fewer than 50 grams of marijuana are the only drug-related charges that go through the municipal court. All other drug cases go to either the superior court or even the federal court.

Our attorneys will fight to dismiss your charges, when possible, or to minimize the effects the case has on your future. Part of that may be arguing to keep your case in municipal court. No matter what charges you face, you can count on us to stand by your side and advocate for you at every step.

Why Choose The Law Offices of James A. Abate?

Rely on attorneys who know New Jersey law and the municipal courts throughout the state. If you are facing a municipal court hearing, call our Somerville office at 908-643-7005 to schedule a free initial consultation. You can also reach us online.