When we think of having to go to court, we often picture having to go to one place where all legal activities occur. However, that is not the case. The state of New Jersey’s judicial system consists of a number of different courts, each of which is responsible for handling a specific type of case. These state courts include:
Municipal Court Attorneys
Municipal Court Matters
- Supreme Court
- Superior Court
- Appellate Division
- Tax Court
- Municipal Court
Though each court plays an important role in the state’s judicial system, the majority of cases (more than 6 million annually) are filed and heard occur in the Municipal Courts. New Jersey has 539 such courts.
Municipal Court Offenses
Municipal Courts exist for those accused of minor criminal offenses such as shoplifting or trespassing, motor vehicle offenses, such as reckless driving or driving under the influence, parking tickets, and violation of state laws concerning boating, fishing, and hunting. Municipal Courts oversee a variety of charges. Such charges include:
- Disorderly Conduct
- Drug Possession
- Minor Disputes
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Refusing a Breathalyzer Test
- Resisting Arrest
- Simple Assault
- Speeding Tickets
- Traffic Tickets
Entitled to a Presumption of Innocence
When an individual is charged with one of the aforementioned offenses, he or she is obligated to report to the court from where the ticket was issued. Akin to more serious crimes, defendants are to receive the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. Similar to more serious charges, the state has the burden of proving that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Although most Municipal Court crimes can be solved relatively quickly with the payment of a fine, when an individual does so, he or she is admitting guilt. Such an admission can have a long-term effect on various things including the revocation of your driver’s license, your car insurance rate, and other fines.
The Wright Law Firm Can Help Those Charged with a Municipal Court Offense
That’s why it’s so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Municipal Court attorney, who can work to help get you the results that you deserve. At The Law Firm of William Wright, we will take care of everything from gathering evidence to negotiating with the prosecution, to conducting the trial. To learn more about how we can help or to schedule a free consultation, contact the Wright Law Firm online or call us at (609) 759-2500 today.