Cranford Municipal Court

Cranford Criminal Defense & DWI Lawyer
Former Prosecutor Fighting your Traffic Offenses

Palumbo & Renaud Union County Offices:
190 North Avenue East, Cranford, NJ 07016
740 Newark Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ 07208

The Union County Township of Cranford is known as the Venice of New Jersey because of its majestic location along the winding Rahway River. Often celebrated for its convenient proximity to New York City, Cranford has long been a suburban commuter community. In fact, even just a decade after its inception in 1871, Cranford was already home to 76 New York City commuters. Today, modern Cranford remains a thriving commuter port city, home to many who work in New York City, but seek a more relaxed community lifestyle. The downside to a city ripe with commuters is that roadway offenses are bound to occur.

My name is Anthony N. Palumbo, Cranford Criminal Defense Lawyer, and partner at Palumbo & Renaud, a private criminal law firm with its main office located in downtown Cranford. Most Traffic Violations in Cranford are non-indictable offenses that will be heard before the Cranford Municipal Court, and include Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, DWI, Speeding, Possession of Drugs in a Car, Driving without Insurance, and Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License. As a well reputed Cranford practitioner, I have defended individuals accused of traffic violations, DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), Possession of Drugs and many other offenses before the Cranford Municipal Court for over 35 years. Retaining a local Criminal Cranford Attorney who works closely with judges and prosecutors to reduce or dismiss charges can greatly ease the stressful experience of battling your charges. If you have received a criminal charge, traffic summons, ticket or complaint in Cranford, contact me today for a free initial consultation at 1-866-664-8118. I will be happy to discuss your case with you over the phone or in person, at either of my two conveniently located offices in Cranford and Elizabeth, New Jersey.

I represent individuals against charges in all of the Union County municipal courts including: Westfield, Cranford, Elizabeth, Clark, Garwood, Hillside, Linden, Mountainside, Plainfield, New Providence, Rahway, Roselle, Roselle Park, Fanwood, Scotch Plains, Springfield, Union Township, Berkeley Heights and Summit.

Cranford Municipal Traffic Offenses

The Cranford Municipal Court presides over non-indictable offenses, including Driving without Insurance, Driving with a Revoked or Suspended License, Reckless Driving, Speeding, Careless Driving, Failure to Report an Accident, and Failure to Stop. Non-indictable offenses generally carry maximum penalties of 6 months in prison and fines. Nevertheless, it is important not to underestimate the impact a conviction can have on your life, or the difference an experienced local attorney can make in the outcome of your case. If you have been charged, or received a ticket, summons, or complaint in Cranford, it is best to contact a Cranford Criminal Lawyer as soon as possible.

Failure to Report an Accident

In New Jersey, the penalties for a conviction of Failure to Report an Accident can result in up to 6 months in prison, $2000 in fines, and can cause a person's driver's license to be permanently revoked within the state. As a Cranford Criminal Defense Lawyer, I have extensive expertise defending individuals accused of Traffic Offenses in Cranford, and have successfully defended thousands of Failure to Report charges before the Cranford Municipal Court.

Driving without Insurance

A conviction of Driving without Insurance can result in severe penalties in New Jersey including loss of license for one year, fines exceeding $1000, and community service. Loss of license for a year can greatly interfere with a person's everyday life, making it difficult to maintain a job. Fortunately, there are many defenses that can be utilized against a charge of Driving without Insurance. An experienced Cranford Criminal Attorney may be able to have your charge reduced or dismissed by showing that you did not operate the vehicle within the meaning of the statute, were never notified of a cancelled policy, or thought you were insured under another household member's policy.

Failure to Stop

Failure to Stop is a charge that results from failing to stop at traffic lights, failing to halt at stop-signs, and failure to stop at intersections. In New Jersey, a conviction can easily result in a 15 day jail term, a $200 fine, and points on your license. However, the right Cranford Criminal Defense Lawyer can often show that your Failure to Stop resulted from no fault of your own such that the light was defective or the stop sign was not visible from the road. These are two defenses that if successfully proved can exonerate you from the charges.

Reckless Driving

In New Jersey, Reckless Driving is defined as driving in a way that willfully endangers other human beings. When pulled over by the police, an officer has the discretion to charge you with Reckless Driving, or he may choose to simply charge you with Speeding or Careless Driving. However, if you are charged with Reckless Driving, and a conviction results, you may be subjected to penalties of up to 3 months in jail and $500 in fines. A Cranford Criminal Attorney can make sure that your constitutional rights are properly exercised and protected.

Careless Driving or Speeding

In New Jersey, a person convicted of Careless Driving or Speeding can receive penalties of up to 15 days in jail and a $200 fine. A Cranford Criminal Defense Lawyer can work with local judges and prosecutors to have the charges or complaint dropped or penalties reduced. As a longtime Union County citizen as well as a Cranford Criminal Attorney, I will make sure you receive the best possible outcome given the circumstances of your case.

Driving with a Revoked or Suspended License

A conviction of Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License in New Jersey carries maximum penalties of up to 6 months in prison and over $3,000 in fines. There are various grounds to argue that the original suspension or revocation was not valid, and thereby negate the accusation of Driving on a Revoked or Suspended License. A Cranford Criminal Defense Attorney can ensure that all possible avenues will be exhausted in your favor so that whenever possible, your charges will be dropped or reduced.

Cranford Municipal Court Information

The judicial officials at the Cranford Municipal Court include the presiding Judge, the Honorable Mark J. Cassidy, Court Administrators, Lorraine Powell and Carl Woodward, and Prosecutor Robert Donovan. For more information about Cranford Township, visit the township website at http://www.cranford.com or contact the courthouse directly at 1-908-709-7242.

Driving Directions

The Cranford Municipal Court is conveniently located off exit 137 of the Garden State Parkway. After exiting the parkway, take route 28 toward Elizabeth. Stay on route 28 until it merges onto North Avenue, and continue straight on North Avenue. Then make a Right onto Springfield Avenue. The Cranford Municipal Court is located at 8 Springfield Avenue, New Jersey 07016.

If you have received a summons, complaint, ticket, or citation for a Traffic Offense in Cranford, New Jersey, contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo, Cranford Criminal Defense Lawyer today. A local Cranford Attorney can prove invaluable to the success of your case. I have the strong reputation and extensive conciliation skills required for a favorable outcome. Contact me today for a free initial consultation at 1-866-664-8118, and let's get started on your case.

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The Law offices of Palumbo & Renaud located at

1 90 North Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey 07016 and 740 Newark Avenue, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07208