The Municipal Court Experience

For  most people, their first contact with the legal system occurs in the Municipal Court, where petty disorderly and disorderly person offenses, (such as harrasmment complaints, simple assault matters),  are heard.  The Court also decides matters involving traffic violations such as Driving Under the Influence, Speeding and other moving violations, as well as violations of municipal ordinances.  These are presented to a local Judge by the local Prosecutor.


While the municipal court has jurisdiction over relatively minor offenses, the penalties, nonetheless, can have a substantial draconian impact upon the accused.  Heavy fines, loss of driving privileges, and even jail sentences, can be imposed when a person is found guilty.


All too often, people mistakenly believe that - because the offenses are relatively minor - they will only receive a "slap-on-the-wrist" if they plead guilty. They fail to recognize the need for an attorney's representation.


Our firm has handled municipal court matters throughout Bergen and Morris counties for than three decades.  We are fully familiar with the procedures needed to protect the rights of our clients.  While we will always consider a fair plea deal, we will not forfeit our client's right to a trial where the circumstances warrant such.


We take seriously the impact of a municipal court's decision on our client's life.



Do you have questions or do you want to make an appointment in this area?

Call us at +1 [800] 473-LAW 1 or use our contact form.