New Jersey Municipal Court Criminal Defense Attorney

NJ Criminal Defense Attorney

Being accused of a criminal offense can be a harrowing and confusing ordeal, and charges can result in jail sentences, expensive fines, community service, and other penalties. Even minor charges like traffic violations and disorderly conduct citations can have serious consequences and dealing with them can be incredibly stressful. If you've been charged with a minor criminal offense or violation, however, you have the right to be represented by an attorney throughout the entire process, and an experienced New Jersey defense attorney can help to make sense of your situation and identify the best way to get your charges reduced or dismissed.

New Jersey Municipal Court Defense Lawyer

I am Anthony N. Palumbo, a New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney at the law offices of Palumbo & Renaud, and I represent clients charged with all types of criminal offenses before municipal courts in Essex County, Hudson County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Ocean County, and Union County. As a criminal lawyer and former Cranford municipal prosecutor with more than 35 years of trial experience, I've handled thousands of municipal cases and I've developed the knowledge and expertise to get the best results for my clients.

If you've received a traffic ticket, been issued a citation for a municipal offense, or been charged with any other minor criminal offense, contact me online or at 1-866-664-8118 to schedule a free and confidential consultation. As a New Jersey Municipal Court Criminal Defense Attorney, I will go through the facts of your case, explain how the municipal court will proceed with your charges, and discuss all of the possible legal strategies that could be used on your behalf.

Municipal Court Criminal Charges and Offenses

Municipal courts in New Jersey are responsible for handling charges for non-indictable offenses, including disorderly persons offenses and petty disorderly persons offenses such as trespassing, petty theft, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and simple assaults. New Jersey municipal courts also hear cases involving DWIs, traffic offenses, and municipal offenses like urinating in public. The municipal courts do not have jurisdiction over more serious criminal charges, however. Under the New Jersey state court system, offenses that are graded as first degree, second degree, third degree, or fourth degree crimes are classified as indictable and are handled by the Superior Courts in each county.

Even though non-indictable offenses are less serious than graded crimes, a conviction can still result in up to 6 months of jail time, as well as fines, community service, probation, driver's license suspensions, and other penalties authorized under specific New Jersey criminal laws. And while a minor criminal offense might seem trivial or unimportant to you now, ignoring the charges or accepting a plea bargain could result in the conviction becoming part of your criminal record, which could have serious effects on your future educational and employment opportunities. For these reasons, it's important to have an experienced attorney to guide you through the criminal justice system.

Getting the Legal Representation You Deserve

For more information about non-indictable criminal charges and New Jersey criminal courts, contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney, through the email form on my website or at 1-866-664-8118 for a free and confidential consultation. I will go through the facts of your case, explain how the municipal court will proceed with your charges, and discuss all of the possible legal strategies that could be used on your behalf. Having more than 35 years of experience as a New Jersey criminal lawyer, public defender, and former prosecutor, I know what it takes to win in municipal court criminal offense proceedings. I also know the local prosecutors and judges, as well as their strategies, practices, and expectations, and I know how to use this information to tailor my legal strategies in each case.

Palumbo & Renaud is a criminal defense law firm with offices in Cranford, Elizabeth and Newark. Palumbo & Renaud represents clients with many different types of criminal charges, including: