Written by Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a New Jersey Municipal Law Attorney
Experienced, knowledgeable and committed to protecting your rights and obtaining the best results we can; Hanlon Niemann is here for you. Let us help you when you are summoned to one of New Jersey’s Municipal Courts.
Municipal Courts are the most frequently used courts in New Jersey. If you have been to court at all, most likely it has been to municipal court. Every municipality has a municipal court. Each local municipal court hears a wide variety of cases, including traffic tickets, motor vehicle offenses, minor criminal offenses like trespassing, simple assault, theft and low level alcohol and drug charges, etc.
From my experience, most people are uncertain and nervous when they go to Municipal Court. Some are intimidated by the formal nature of the proceedings. At Hanlon Niemann, our attorneys have handled municipal court cases for over 30 years. We know that the process can be complex, confusing, and frightening. We make sure to discuss your options to ensure that you understand the consequences of your charges. We will do our best to fight for your rights and to minimize potential fines, penalties and jail time.
Municipal Courts differ from other civil, criminal, and family courts of our state. A Municipal Court is governed under a specific set of judicial rules and procedures established by the New Jersey Supreme Court which are applicable to this court only. A Municipal Court judge can order jail, fines, community service, and other sentences such as a license suspension and surcharges, which not only impact you financially, but can possibly impact your present and future educational and occupational livelihood as well.
Fred is an amazing and dynamic person. I have attended a few of his work shops and CEU events over the years and his interactive discussions have been both educational and entertaining. He is one of the few lawyers out there that I do trust and does whatever he says he is going to (Accountability) who ever I have referred his way has always thanked me for connecting them and this is why I continue to work w/ Fred. Great person, excellent ethics, and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend him.
– Steve Weiss, Regional Director of Professional Relations, Senior Bridge
Municipal Courts do not have juries. Instead, your case is presided over by a judge. The judge alone makes the decision for or against your innocence or guilt and sets your punishment. A municipal court judge has the authority to impose a six month incarceration in the county jail upon conviction.
If you have any questions regarding a matter scheduled before a Municipal Court in New Jersey or have recently been issued a summons to appear in Municipal Court, please call me. I can be reached toll free at (855) 376-5291 or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m very approachable, non-judgmental, and knowledgeable. I look forward to hearing from you.
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