More than likely, you think of criminal offenses as distinguished by misdemeanor and felony charges. However, what you might not realize that this language is not used in New Jersey law. Instead of using this terminology, New Jersey classifies certain crimes as indictable offenses. These are more serious charges and are heard in New Jersey Superior Court, conveniently located at the county seat.
Let’s start with an examination of cases that are heard in municipal court. Not all matters are considered criminal offenses. However, that’s not to say that you should not seek experienced legal counsel for certain traffic offenses. For example, it might surprise you to learn that DWI/DUI cases are considered motor vehicle charges under New Jersey law. Notwithstanding, you could still incur substantial penalties for a conviction evolving from driving while under the influence charges.
As experienced Ocean County criminal defense attorneys, the Law Offices of DiFrancia & DeDona, P.C. is familiar with representing those charged with many types of charges. We are fortunate that one of our attorneys, NAME HER? previously worked as a New York city cop. We feel that her knowledge is quite useful in acting on behalf of our clients.
Dealing with any type of legal case can be challenging. However, there are many considerations when it comes to defending your rights. First, it could be as simple as the expense of court costs and fines. In some cases, you could find your license in jeopardy. Meanwhile, there is always the issue of incarceration if you are found guilty of certain crimes.
Criminal Offenses Heard at the Municipal Level
As noted, criminal offenses heard at the municipal level are most often considered misdemeanors in other jurisdictions. Nonetheless, they should not be taken lightly. Your criminal record will contain documentation of any guilty pleas or convictions. Without a doubt, this could have long-lasting effects on your livelihood or other aspects of your life. Some examples of criminal offenses heard at the municipal level include:
- Simple assault charges
- Shoplifting up to a specified amount
- Disorderly persons offenses (includes select drug offenses)
- Obstruction of justice
- Criminal Mischief
- Passing bad checks up to specific dollar amounts
The preceding list is not exhaustive. However, there is a potential for costly fines and even jail time for each of these offenses.