Municipal court is usually the first time most people come into contact with the judicial system. Going to the municipal court can be confusing and worrisome.
It is important that you understand the fines and penalties and that you are aware of your rights.
The court handles most vehicular tickets ranging from simple parking tickets to severe offenses, such as driving without insurance and drunk driving. The court also handles violations of municipal ordnances and petty disorderly and disorderly person offenses.
Motor vehicle violations can affect your insurance rates and can have points assessed against your license. Other more severe offenses can result in large fines or surcharges, loss of license, community service or jail.
The maximum penalty for a petty disorderly violation is 30 days in jail and a $500 fine, and for a disorderly person violation, six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Some commonly disorderly person offenses are simple assault and theft of property valued under $200.
Common petty disorderly offenses include harassment and fighting.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS BEFORE YOU PLEAD GUILTY
Can you imagine how many people receive traffic citations every year in New Jersey? Thousands and thousands! Many people inadvertently fail to enforce their right to a defense, exposing themselves to potentially devastating consequences. While simply pleading guilty to a traffic citation, paying a fine, and attending traffic school may seem easy, if you do, you stand the chance of suffering:
- Higher insurance rates
- License suspension or revocation
- Inability to earn a living if license is suspended
- Loss of time and money while appearing before the court
Avoid these consequences and protect your rights by e-mailing or calling MG Law Firm today for a free consultation and a quote to handle any Municipal Court violations.