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New Jersey Failing to Maintain Lane Lawyer (5 Star Client Reviews)

New Jersey Failing to Maintain Lane Lawyer

NEW JERSEY FAILING TO MAINTAIN LANE LAWYER

Failing to maintain lane tickets are commonly issued in New Jersey.  A driver’s failure to maintain the lane while driving can possibly result in injury or property damage and, therefore, New Jersey Police Officers will not hesitate to issue traffic tickets to those drivers that violate this law.  Anyone convicted for a failing to maintain lane offense is generally subject to fines and motor vehicle points.  Therefore, it is important for anyone charged with failure to observe traffic lanes in New Jersey to consult with a New Jersey Failing to Maintain Lane Lawyer.  The Sloan Law Firm handles failure to observe traffic lane and all other traffic violations in New Jersey.  The firm offers free initial consultations on all traffic offense cases.

NEW JERSEY FAILING TO MAINTAIN LANE STATUTE

N.J.S.A. 39:4-88 (Traffic on marked lanes) provides:

When a roadway has been divided into clearly marked lanes for traffic, drivers of vehicles shall obey the following regulations:

a. A vehicle shall normally be driven in the lane nearest the right-hand edge or curb of the roadway when that lane is available for travel, except when overtaking another vehicle or in preparation for a left turn.

b. A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from that lane until the driver has first ascertained that the movement can be made with safety.

c. Upon a highway which is divided into 3 lanes, a vehicle shall not be driven in the center lane except when overtaking or passing another vehicle or in preparation for a left turn or unless the center lane is at the time allocated for traffic moving in the direction the vehicle is proceeding and is signposted to give notice of that allocation.

d. The State Highway Commissioner may by regulation or local authorities may by resolution or ordinance with respect to highways under their jurisdiction designate right-hand lanes for slow moving traffic and inside lanes for traffic moving at the speed designated for the district as provided under this chapter, and when the lanes are signposted or marked to give notice of the designation a vehicle may be driven in any lane allocated to traffic moving in the direction in which it is proceeding, but when traveling within the inside lanes the vehicle shall be driven at approximately the speed authorized in such lanes and speed shall not be decreased unnecessarily so as to block, hinder or retard traffic.

e. When such roadway had been divided in such a manner that there are 3 or more lanes for traffic in any one direction, no truck of 10,000 pounds registered gross weight or over shall be driven in the farthest left-hand lane, except when and to the extent necessary to prepare for a left turn, or when necessary to enter or leave such roadway by entrance or exit to or from the left lane or when reasonably necessary in response to emergency conditions.

Free Consultations Available – (908) 358-2938

The Sloan Law Firm provides aggressive and experienced legal defense to anyone charged with failure to observe traffic lanes in New Jersey.  If you or a loved one has been charged with failing to maintain a traffic lane and would like to discuss your matter, please do not hesitate to contact the Sloan Law Firm at: (908) 358-2938.  The initial consultation is always free.

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Running a Red Light in New Jersey Lawyer (5 Star Client Reviews)

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NEW JERSEY RUNNING A RED LIGHT LAWYER

One of the more common traffic infractions in New Jersey is running a red light.  Traffic police will not hesitate to issue a ticket to anyone that fails to stop for a red light or anyone who fails to stop for a yellow light when it is safe to do so.    Anyone convicted for running a red light is generally subject to fines and motor vehicle points.  Therefore, it is important for anyone charged with running a red light in New Jersey to consult with a New Jersey Running a Red Light Lawyer.  The Sloan Law Firm handles red light violations in New Jersey.  The firm offers free initial consultations on all traffic offense cases.

NJ RUNNING A RED LIGHT LAW

N.J.S.A. 39:4-105 provides:

Traffic signals or signal devices shall conform strictly with the provisions of this article.

A three-color system shall be used; red, amber and green. Green means permission for traffic to go, subject to the safety of others or the specific directions of an officer, official sign or special signal. Red means traffic to stop before entering the intersection or crosswalk and remain standing until green is shown alone, unless otherwise specifically directed to go by an officer, official sign or special signal. Amber, or yellow, when shown alone following green means traffic to stop before entering the intersection or nearest crosswalk, unless when the amber appears the vehicle or street car is so close to the intersection that with suitable brakes it cannot be stopped in safety. A distance of fifty feet from the intersection is considered a safe stopping distance for a speed of twenty miles per hour, and vehicles and street cars if within that distance when the amber appears alone, and which cannot be stopped with safety, may proceed across the intersection or make a right or left turn unless the turning movement is specifically limited.

All other uses of green, red, amber or yellow lights so located as to be confused with traffic signals shall be discontinued.

Free Consultations Available – (908) 358-2938

The Sloan Law Firm provides aggressive and experienced legal defense to anyone charged with running a red light in New Jersey.  If you or a loved one has been charged with running a red light and would like to discuss your matter, please do not hesitate to contact the Sloan Law Firm at: (908) 358-2938.  The initial consultation is always free.

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Failing to Stop at a Stop Sign Lawyer in New Jersey (5 Star Client Reviews)

NEW JERSEY FAILURE TO STOP AT A STOP SIGN LAWYER

In New Jersey, police will not hesitate to pull over any driver that fails to stop at a stop sign or observe a yield sign.  A conviction for a failure to observe a stop or yield sign ticket can result in fines and motor vehicle points, which can potentially lead to a loss of license.  Therefore, it is important for anyone charged with failure to stop at a stop sign or failure to observe a yield sign in New Jersey to consult with a New Jersey Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign Lawyer.  The Sloan Law Firm handles failure to observe a stop or yield sign offenses throughout New Jersey.  The firm offers free initial consultations on all traffic offense cases.

FAILING TO OBSERVE A STOP OR YIELD SIGN LAW

N.J. S. A. 39:4-144 provides:

No driver of a vehicle or street car shall enter upon or cross an intersecting street marked with a “stop” sign unless:

a. The driver has first brought the vehicle or street car to a complete stop at a point within five feet of the nearest crosswalk or stop line marked upon the pavement at the near side of the intersecting street and shall proceed only after yielding the right of way to all vehicular traffic on the intersecting street which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.

b. No driver of a vehicle or street car shall enter upon or cross an intersecting street marked with a “yield right of way” sign without first slowing to a reasonable speed for existing conditions and visibility, stopping if necessary, and the driver shall yield the right of way to all vehicular traffic on the intersecting street which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard; unless, in either case, the driver is otherwise directed to proceed by a traffic or police officer or traffic control signal.

c. No driver of a vehicle or street car shall turn right at an intersecting street marked with a “stop” sign or “yield right of way” sign unless the driver stops and remains stopped for pedestrians crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk, or at an unmarked crosswalk, into which the driver is turning.

Free Consultations Available – (908) 358-2938

The Sloan Law Firm provides aggressive and experienced legal defense to anyone charged with failure to observe a stop or yield sign in New Jersey.  If you or a loved one has been charged with failing to observe a stop or yield sign and would like to discuss the charge with a New Jersey Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign Lawyer, please do not hesitate to contact the Sloan Law Firm at: (908) 358-2938.  The initial consultation is always free.

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New Jersey Driving Without Insurance Lawyer (5 Star Client Reviews)

NEW JERSEY DRIVING WITHOUT INSURANCE LAWYER

In New Jersey, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle without insurance.  A conviction for driving without insurance can result in heavy fines, community service and even jail.  It is one of the more severe traffic offenses.  Therefore, it is important for anyone charged with driving without insurance or failure to provide proof of insurance in New Jersey to consult with a New Jersey Driving Without Insurance Lawyer.  The Sloan Law Firm handles driving without insurance offenses throughout New Jersey.  The firm offers free initial consultations on all traffic offense cases.

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Driving Without Insurance Law

N.J.S.A. 39:6B-2 provides:

Any owner or registrant of a motor vehicle registered or principally garaged in this State who operates or causes to be operated a motor vehicle upon any public road or highway in this State without motor vehicle liability insurance coverage required by this act, and any operator who operates or causes a motor vehicle to be operated and who knows or should know from the attendant circumstances that the motor vehicle is without motor vehicle liability insurance coverage required by this act shall be subject, for the first offense, to a fine of not less than $300 nor more than $1,000 and a period of community service to be determined by the court, and shall forthwith forfeit his right to operate a motor vehicle over the highways of this State for a period of one year from the date of conviction. Upon subsequent conviction, he shall be subject to a fine of up to $5,000 and shall be subject to imprisonment for a term of 14 days and shall be ordered by the court to perform community service for a period of 30 days, which shall be of such form and on such terms as the court shall deem appropriate under the circumstances, and shall forfeit his right to operate a motor vehicle for a period of two years from the date of his conviction, and, after the expiration of said period, he may make application to the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles for a license to operate a motor vehicle, which application may be granted at the discretion of the director. The director’s discretion shall be based upon an assessment of the likelihood that the individual will operate or cause a motor vehicle to be operated in the future without the insurance coverage required by this act. A complaint for violation of this act may be made to a municipal court at any time within six months after the date of the alleged offense.

Failure to produce at the time of trial an insurance identification card or an insurance policy which was in force for the time of operation for which the offense is charged creates a rebuttable presumption that the person was uninsured when charged with a violation of this section.

Failure to Provide Insurance Card Law

N.J.S.A. 39:3-29 states:

The driver or operator shall exhibit his driver’s license and an insurance identification card, and the holder of a registration certificate or the operator or driver of a motor vehicle for which a registration certificate has been issued, whether or not the holder, driver or operator is a resident of this State, shall also exhibit the registration certificate, when requested so to do by a police officer or judge, while in the performance of the duties of his office, and shall write his name in the presence of the officer, so that the officer may thereby determine the identity of the licensee and at the same time determine the correctness of the registration certificate, as it relates to the registration number and number plates of the motor vehicle for which it was issued; and the correctness of the evidence of a policy of insurance, as it relates to the coverage of the motor vehicle for which it was issued.

Any person violating this section shall be subject to a fine of $150, except that if the person is a driver or operator of an omnibus, as defined pursuant to R.S.39:1-1, the amount of the fine shall be $250. Of the amount of any such fine collected pursuant to this paragraph, $25 shall be deposited in the Uninsured Motorist Prevention Fund established by section 2 of P.L.1983, c.141 (C.39:6B-3).

If a person charged with a violation of this section can exhibit his driver’s license, insurance identification card and registration certificate, which were valid on the day he was charged, to the judge of the municipal court before whom he is summoned to answer to the charge, such judge may dismiss the charge. However, the judge may impose court costs.

In addition to and independent of any fine or other penalty provided for under law, the court shall impose a fine of $150 on any driver or operator of an omnibus, convicted of a violation of this section, who does not have a certificate of public convenience and necessity as required pursuant to R.S.48:4-3. The State Treasurer shall annually deposit the monies collected from the fines imposed pursuant to this paragraph to the “Omnibus Safety Enforcement Fund” established pursuant to section 4 of P.L.2007, c.40 (C.39:3-79.23). The fine described herein shall not be deemed a fine, penalty, or forfeiture pursuant to R.S.39:5-41.

Free Consultations Available – (908) 358-2938

The Sloan Law Firm provides aggressive and experienced legal defense to anyone charged with driving without insurance throughout New Jersey.  If you or a loved one has been charged with driving without insurance and would like to discuss the charge with a New Jersey Driving Without Insurance Lawyer, please do not hesitate to contact the Sloan Law Firm at: (908) 358-2938.  The initial consultation is always free.

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Unlicensed Driving Lawyer New Jersey (5 Star Client Reviews)

New Jersey Unlicensed Driving Lawyer

NEW JERSEY UNLICENSED DRIVING LAWYER

Driving without a license in New Jersey is illegal and the consequences for violating the law are harsh. A conviction for unlicensed driving may result in fines, loss of license, three years of motor vehicle surcharges and even jail.  It is important for anyone charged with unlicensed driving in New Jersey to consult with an experienced New Jersey Unlicensed Driving Lawyer. 

Free Consultations Available – (908) 358-2938

The Sloan Law Firm handles unlicensed driving, expired license and other traffic charges occurring in New Jersey.  For a free initial consultation, call (908) 358-2938.

Unlicensed Driving Statute

N.J.S.A. 39:3-10 Licensing of drivers

39:3-10. No person shall drive a motor vehicle on a public highway in this State unless the person is under supervision while participating in a behind-the-wheel driving course pursuant to section 6 of P.L.1977, c.25 (C.39:3-13.2a) or is in possession of a validated permit, or a probationary or basic driver’s license issued to that person in accordance with this article.

No person under 18 years of age shall be issued a basic license to drive motor vehicles, nor shall a person be issued a validated permit, including a validated examination permit, until the applicant has passed a satisfactory examination and other requirements as to the applicant’s ability as an operator. The examination shall include a test of the applicant’s vision, the applicant’s ability to understand traffic control devices, the applicant’s knowledge of safe driving practices and of the effects that ingestion of alcohol or drugs has on a person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle, the applicant’s knowledge of such portions of the mechanism of motor vehicles as is necessary to insure the safe operation of a vehicle of the kind or kinds indicated by the applicant, and of the laws and ordinary usages of the road. No person shall sit for an examination for any permit without exhibiting photo identification deemed acceptable by the commission, unless that person is a high school student participating in a course of automobile driving education approved by the State Department of Education and conducted in a public, parochial, or private school of this State, pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1950, c.127 (C.39:3-13.1). The commission may waive the written law knowledge examination for any person 18 years of age or older possessing a valid driver’s license issued by any other state, the District of Columbia, or the United States Territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands. The commission shall be required to provide that person with a booklet that highlights those motor vehicle laws unique to New Jersey. A road test shall be required for a probationary license and serve as a demonstration of the applicant’s ability to operate a vehicle of the class designated. No person shall sit for a road test unless that person exhibits photo identification deemed acceptable by the commission. A high school student who has completed a course of behind-the-wheel automobile driving education approved by the State Department of Education and conducted in a public, parochial, or private school of this State, who has been issued a special learner’s permit pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1950, c.127 (C.39:3-13.1) prior to January 1, 2003, shall not be required to exhibit photo identification in order to sit for a road test. The commission may waive the road test for any person 18 years of age or older possessing a valid driver’s license issued by any other state, the District of Columbia, or the United States Territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands. The road test shall be given on public streets, where practicable and feasible, but may be preceded by an off-street screening process to assess basic skills. The commission shall approve locations for the road test which pose no more than a minimal risk of injury to the applicant, the examiner, and other motorists. No new locations for the road test shall be approved unless the test can be given on public streets.

A person who successfully completes a road test for a motorcycle license or a motorcycle endorsement when operating a motorcycle or motorized scooter with an engine displacement of less than 231 cubic centimeters shall be issued a motorcycle license or endorsement restricting the person’s operation of such vehicles to any motorcycle with an engine displacement of 500 cubic centimeters or less. A person who successfully completes a road test for a motorcycle license or motorcycle endorsement when operating a motorcycle with an engine displacement of 231 or more cubic centimeters shall be issued a motorcycle license or endorsement without any restriction as to engine displacement. Any person who successfully completes an approved motorcycle safety education course established pursuant to the provisions of section 1 of P.L.1991, c.452 (C.27:5F-36) shall be issued a motorcycle license or endorsement without restriction as to engine displacement.

The commission shall issue a basic driver’s license to operate a motor vehicle other than a motorcycle to a person over 18 years of age who previously has not been licensed to drive a motor vehicle in this State or another jurisdiction only if that person has: (1) operated a passenger automobile in compliance with the requirements of this title for not less than one year, not including any period of suspension or postponement, from the date of issuance of a probationary license pursuant to section 4 of P.L.1950, c.127 (C.39:3-13.4); (2) not been assessed more than two motor vehicle points; (3) not been convicted in the previous year for a violation of R.S.39:4-50, section 2 of P.L.1981, c.512 (C.39:4-50.4a), P.L.1992, c.189 (C.39:4-50.14), R.S.39:4-129, N.J.S.2C:11-5, subsection c. of N.J.S.2C:12-1, or any other motor vehicle-related violation the commission determines to be significant and applicable pursuant to regulation; and (4) passed an examination of the applicant’s ability to operate a motor vehicle pursuant to this section.

The commission shall expand the driver’s license examination by 20%. The additional questions to be added shall consist solely of questions developed in conjunction with the State Department of Health and Senior Services concerning the use of alcohol or drugs as related to highway safety. The commission shall develop in conjunction with the State Department of Health and Senior Services supplements to the driver’s manual which shall include information necessary to answer any question on the driver’s license examination concerning alcohol or drugs as related to highway safety.

Up to 20 questions may be added to the examination on subjects to be determined by the commission that are of particular relevance to youthful drivers, after consultation with the Director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety in the Department of Law and Public Safety.

The commission shall expand the driver’s license examination to include a question asking whether the applicant is aware of the provisions of the “Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act,” P.L.2008, c.50 (C.26:6-77 et al.) and the procedure for indicating on the driver’s license the intention to make a donation of body organs or tissues pursuant to P.L.1978, c.181 (C.39:3-12.2).

Any person applying for a driver’s license to operate a motor vehicle or motorized bicycle in this State shall surrender to the commission any current driver’s license issued to the applicant by another state or jurisdiction upon the applicant’s receipt of a driver’s license for this State. The commission shall refuse to issue a driver’s license if the applicant fails to comply with this provision. An applicant for a permit or license who is less than 18 years of age, and who holds a permit or license for a passenger automobile issued by another state or country that is valid or has expired within a time period designated by the commission, shall be subject to the permit and license requirements and penalties applicable to State permit and license applicants who are of the same age; except that if the other state or country has permit or license standards substantially similar to those of this State, the credentials of the other state or country shall be acceptable.

The commission shall create classified licensing of drivers covering the following classifications:

a. Motorcycles, except that for the purposes of this section, motorcycle shall not include any three-wheeled motor vehicle equipped with a single cab with glazing enclosing the occupant, seats similar to those of a passenger vehicle or truck, seat belts and automotive steering or any vehicle defined as a motorcycle pursuant to R.S.39:1-1 having a motor with a maximum piston displacement that is less than 50 cubic centimeters or a motor that is rated at no more than 1.5 brake horsepower with a maximum speed of no more than 35 miles per hour on a flat surface.

b. Omnibuses as classified by R.S.39:3-10.1 and school buses classified under N.J.S.18A:39-1 et seq.

c.  (Deleted by amendment, P.L.1999, c.28).

d. All motor vehicles not included in classifications a. and b. A license issued pursuant to this classification d. shall be referred to as the “basic driver’s license.”

Every applicant for a license under classification b. shall be a holder of a basic driver’s license. Any issuance of a license under classification b. shall be by endorsement on the basic driver’s license.

A driver’s license for motorcycles may be issued separately, but if issued to the holder of a basic driver’s license, it shall be by endorsement on the basic driver’s license. The holder of a basic driver’s license or a separately issued motorcycle license shall be authorized to operate a motorcycle having a motor with a maximum piston displacement that is less than 50 cubic centimeters or a motor that is rated at no more than 1.5 brake horsepower with a maximum speed no more than 35 miles per hour on a flat surface.

The commission, upon payment of the lawful fee and after it or a person authorized by it has examined the applicant and is satisfied of the applicant’s ability as an operator, may, in its discretion, issue a license to the applicant to drive a motor vehicle. The license shall authorize him to drive any registered vehicle, of the kind or kinds indicated, and shall expire, except as otherwise provided, on the last day of the 48th calendar month following the calendar month in which such license was issued.

The commission may, at its discretion and for good cause shown, issue licenses which shall expire on a date fixed by it. If the commission issues a license to a person who has demonstrated authorization to be present in the United States for a period of time shorter than the standard period of the license, the commission shall fix the expiration date of the license at a date based on the period in which the person is authorized to be present in the United States under federal immigration laws. The commission may renew such a license only if it is demonstrated that the person’s continued presence in the United States is authorized under federal law. The fee for licenses with expiration dates fixed by the commission shall be fixed by the commission in amounts proportionately less or greater than the fee herein established.

The required fee for a license for the 48-month period shall be as follows:

Motorcycle license or endorsement: $18.

Omnibus or school bus endorsement: $18.

Basic driver’s license: $18.

The commission shall waive the payment of fees for issuance of omnibus endorsements whenever an applicant establishes to the commission’s satisfaction that said applicant will use the omnibus endorsement exclusively for operating omnibuses owned by a nonprofit organization duly incorporated under Title 15 or 16 of the Revised Statutes or Title 15A of the New Jersey Statutes.

The commission shall issue licenses for the following license period on and after the first day of the calendar month immediately preceding the commencement of such period, such licenses to be effective immediately.

All applications for renewals of licenses shall be made in a manner prescribed by the commission and in accordance with procedures established by it.

The commission in its discretion may refuse to grant a permit or license to drive motor vehicles to a person who is, in its estimation, not a proper person to be granted such a permit or license, but no defect of the applicant shall debar the applicant from receiving a permit or license unless it can be shown by tests approved by the commission that the defect incapacitates the applicant from safely operating a motor vehicle.

In addition to requiring an applicant for a driver’s license to submit satisfactory proof of identity and age, the commission also shall require the applicant to provide, as a condition for obtaining a permit and license, satisfactory proof that the applicant’s presence in the United States is authorized under federal law.

If the commission has reasonable cause to suspect that any document presented by an applicant as proof of identity, age or legal residency is altered, false or otherwise invalid, the commission shall refuse to grant the permit or license until such time as the document may be verified by the issuing agency to the commission’s satisfaction.

A person violating this section shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 60 days, but if that person has never been licensed to drive in this State or any other jurisdiction, the applicant shall be subject to a fine of not less than $200 and, in addition, the court shall issue an order to the commission requiring the commission to refuse to issue a license to operate a motor vehicle to the person for a period of not less than 180 days. The penalties provided for by this paragraph shall not be applicable in cases where failure to have actual possession of the operator’s license is due to an administrative or technical error by the commission.

Nothing in this section shall be construed to alter or extend the expiration of any license issued prior to the date this amendatory and supplementary act becomes operative.

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The Sloan Law Firm provides aggressive and experienced legal to defense to anyone charged with unlicensed driving and other traffic violations in New Jersey.  If you or a loved one have been charged with unlicensed driving and would like to discuss the charge with a New Jersey Unlicensed Driving Lawyer, please do not hesitate to contact the Sloan Law Firm at: (908) 358-2938.  The initial consultation is always free.  We are available 24/7.

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New Jersey Leaving the Scene of an Accident Lawyer (5 Star Client Reviews)

New Jersey Leaving the Scene of an Accident Lawyer

NEW JERSEY LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT LAWYER

Leaving the scene of an accident is illegal in New Jersey and the consequences for violating the law are very serious.  It is important for anyone charged with leaving the scene of an accident or failure to report an accident in New Jersey to consult with an experienced New Jersey Leaving the Scene of an Accident Lawyer. 

Free Consultations Available – (908) 358-2938

In New Jersey, those involved in a car accident must stop their vehicle as close to the scene of the accident as possible. They must identify themselves to all other parties involved in the accident and the police. If it was a single-car accident, they must report the accident to the nearest police station.  It is not a defense that you had no knowledge of the damage caused by the accident.  If the accident resulted in injury, death, or property damage worth $250 or more, it is presumed that you are aware of your accident.

Penalties to Leaving the Scene of an Accident

The penalties associated with leaving the scene of an accident includes fines ranging from $200 to $400, up to one month in jail and a driver’s license suspension of up to six months.  For a second or subsequent offense of this type, the penalties include fines ranging from $400 to $600, one to three months in jail and a driver’s license suspension up to one year.

Leaving the scene of an accident where serious bodily injury occurred is an indictable offense.  In New Jersey, it is a third-degree crime.  Serious bodily injury is defined as any injury that results in permanent disfigurement, protracted loss or impairment of function or movement of any bodily organ or member, or substantial risk of death.  A conviction for leaving the scene of an accident where serious bodily injury occurred can result in five years in prison.

New Jersey Leaving the Scene Lawyer – (908) 358-2938

The Sloan Law Firm handles leaving the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident and other traffic infractions occurring in New Jersey.  For a free initial consultation, call (908) 358-2938.

Leaving the Scene of an Accident Statute

N.J.S.A. 39:4-129:  Action in case of accident.

(a) The driver of any vehicle, knowingly involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to any person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene until he has fulfilled the requirements of subsection (c) of this section.  Every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.  Any person who shall violate this subsection shall be fined not less than $2,500 nor more than $5,000, or be imprisoned for a period of 180 days, or both.  The term of imprisonment required by this subsection shall be imposed only if the accident resulted in death or injury to a person other than the driver convicted of violating this section.

In addition, any person convicted under this subsection shall forfeit his right to operate a motor vehicle over the highways of this State for a period of one year from the date of his conviction for the first offense and for a subsequent offense shall thereafter permanently forfeit his right to operate a motor vehicle over the highways of this State.

(b)The driver of any vehicle knowingly involved in an accident resulting only in damage to a vehicle, including his own vehicle, or other property which is attended by any person shall immediately stop his vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible, but shall then forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene of such accident until he has fulfilled the requirements of subsection (c) of this section.  Every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.  Any person who shall violate this subsection shall be fined not less than $200 nor more than $400, or be imprisoned for a period of not more than 30 days, or both, for the first offense, and for a subsequent offense, shall be fined not less than $400 nor more than $600, or be imprisoned for a period of not less than 30 days nor more than 90 days or both.

In addition, a person who violates this subsection shall, for a first offense, forfeit the right to operate a motor vehicle in this State for a period of six months from the date of conviction, and for a period of one year from the date of conviction for any subsequent offense.

(c)The driver of any vehicle knowingly involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to any person or damage to any vehicle or property shall give his name and address and exhibit his operators license and registration certificate of his vehicle to the person injured or whose vehicle or property was damaged and to any police officer or witness of the accident, and to the driver or occupants of the vehicle collided with and render to a person injured in the accident reasonable assistance, including the carrying of that person to a hospital or a physician for medical or surgical treatment, if it is apparent that the treatment is necessary or is requested by the injured person.

In the event that none of the persons specified are in condition to receive the information to which they otherwise would be entitled under this subsection, and no police officer is present, the driver of any vehicle involved in such accident after fulfilling all other requirements of subsections (a) and (b) of this section, insofar as possible on his part to be performed, shall forthwith report such accident to the nearest office of the local police department or of the county police of the county or of the State Police and submit thereto the information specified in this subsection.

(d)The driver of any vehicle which knowingly collides with or is knowingly involved in an accident with any vehicle or other property which is unattended resulting in any damage to such vehicle or other property shall immediately stop and shall then and there locate and notify the operator or owner of such vehicle or other property of the name and address of the driver and owner of the vehicle striking the unattended vehicle or other property or, in the event an unattended vehicle is struck and the driver or owner thereof cannot be immediately located, shall attach securely in a conspicuous place in or on such vehicle a written notice giving the name and address of the driver and owner of the vehicle doing the striking or, in the event other property is struck and the owner thereof cannot be immediately located, shall notify the nearest office of the local police department or of the county police of the county or of the State Police and in addition shall notify the owner of the property as soon as the owner can be identified and located. Any person who violates this subsection shall be punished as provided in subsection (b) of this section.

(e)There shall be a permissive inference that the driver of any motor vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to any person or damage in the amount of $250.00 or more to any vehicle or property has knowledge that he was involved in such accident.

For purposes of this section, it shall not be a defense that the operator of the motor vehicle was unaware of the existence or extent of personal injury or property damage caused by the accident as long as the operator was aware that he was involved in an accident.

There shall be a permissive inference that the registered owner of the vehicle which was involved in an accident subject to the provisions of this section was the person involved in the accident; provided, however, if that vehicle is owned by a rental car company or is a leased vehicle, there shall be a permissive inference that the renter or authorized driver pursuant to a rental car contract or the lessee, and not the owner of the vehicle, was involved in the accident, and the requirements and penalties imposed pursuant to this section shall be applicable to that renter or authorized driver or lessee and not the owner of the vehicle.

Any person who suppresses, by way of concealment or destruction, any evidence of a violation of this section or who suppresses the identity of the violator shall be subject to a fine of not less than $250 or more than $1,000.

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The Sloan Law Firm provides aggressive and experienced legal to defense to anyone charged with leaving the scene of an accident in New Jersey.  If you or a loved one have been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and would like to discuss the charge with a New Jersey Leaving the Scene of an Accident Lawyer, please do not hesitate to contact the Sloan Law Firm at: (908) 358-2938.  The initial consultation is always free.  We are available 24/7.

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Phone Number, Website, Contact Information & Guide to Middlesex County, NJ Municipal Courts

Middlesex County NJ Municipal Court

What are the locations and phone numbers for the Municipal Courts in Middlesex County, NJ?

Carteret Municipal Court
230 Roosevelt Avenue
Carteret, NJ 07008
Phone: (732) 541-3900
Web: http://www.ci.carteret.nj.us/

Cranbury Municipal Court
(Shared with Plainsboro)
641 Plainsboro Road
Plainsboro, NJ 08536
Phone: (609) 799-0863
Web: https://www.plainsboronj.com/170/Municipal-Court

Dunellen Municipal Court
355 North Avenue
Dunellen, NJ 08812
Phone: (732) 968-3400
Web: http://dunellen-nj.gov/departments/municipal_court/index.php#.Wx_Qk_ZFzp0

East Brunswick Municipal Court
1 Civic Center Drive
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Phone: (732) 390-6850
Web: https://www.eastbrunswick.org/content/202/275/default.aspx

Edison Municipal Court
100 Municipal Boulevard
Edison, NJ 08817
Phone: (732) 248-7328
Web: http://www.edisonnj.org/departments/municipal_court/index.php

Helmetta Municipal Court
51 Main Street
Helmetta, NJ 08828
Phone: (732) 521-1757
Web: http://www.helmettaboro.com/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=102&TPID=10877

Highland Park Municipal Court
221 South 5th Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
Phone: (732) 777-6010
Web: http://www.hpboro.com/index.aspx?NID=130

Jamesburg Municipal Court
131 Perrineville Road
Jamesburg, NJ 08831
Phone: (732) 521-0614
Web: http://www.jamesburgborough.org/court.html

Metuchen Municipal Court
500 Main Street
Metuchen, NJ 08840
Phone: (732) 632-8505
Web: http://www.metuchennj.org/metnj/DEPARTMENTS/Court/

Middlesex Municipal Court
1200 Mountain Avenue
Middlesex, NJ 08846
Phone: (732) 356.4644
Web: http://www.middlesexboro-nj.gov/index.php/departments/courts

Milltown Municipal Court
39 Washington Avenue
Milltown, NJ 08850
Phone: (732) 828-2100
Web: http://www.milltownnj.org/court/

Monroe Municipal Court
1 Municipal Plaza
Monroe Township, NJ 08831
Phone: (732) 521-4020
Web: http://www.monroetwp.com/court.cfm

New Brunswick Municipal Court
25 Kirkpatrick Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: (732) 745-5089
Web: http://thecityofnewbrunswick.org/municipal-court/

North Brunswick Municipal Court
710 Hermann Road
North Brunswick Township, NJ 08902
Phone: (732) 247-0922
Web: http://www.northbrunswicknj.gov/departments/court

Old Bridge Municipal Court
1 Old Bridge Plaza
Old Bridge, NJ 08857
Phone: (732) 721-5600
Web: http://www.oldbridge.com/court

Perth Amboy Municipal Court
361 New Brunswick Avenue
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
Phone: (732) 442-6011
Web: http://ci.perthamboy.nj.us/municipal-court-information.html

Piscataway Municipal Court
555 Sidney Road
Piscataway Township, NJ 08854
Phone: (732) 562-2330
Web: http://www.piscatawaynj.org/mun_court/municipal-court

Plainsboro Municipal Court
(Shared with Cranbury)
641 Plainsboro Road
Plainsboro, NJ 08536
Phone: (609) 799-0863
Web: https://www.plainsboronj.com/170/Municipal-Court

Sayreville Municipal Court
1000 Main Street
Sayreville, NJ 08872
Phone: (732) 525-5446
Web: http://sayrevillepolice.org/court/

South Amboy Municipal Court
140 North Broadway Street
South Amboy, NJ 08879
Phone: (732) 525-5929
Web: http://www.southamboynj.gov/Departments/court

South Brunswick Municipal Court
540 Ridge Road
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
Phone: (732) 823-3963
Web: http://www.southbrunswicknj.gov/departments/court

South Plainfield Municipal Court
2480 Plainfield Avenue
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
Phone: (908) 226-7651
Web: http://www.southplainfieldnj.com/spnj/Court/

South River Municipal Court
61 Main Street
South River, NJ 08882
(732) 257-1233
Web: http://www.southrivernj.org/municipal_court_main.html

Spotswood Municipal Court
77 Summerhill Road
Spotswood, NJ 08884
Phone: (732) 251-0700
Web: http://www.spotswoodboro.com/court.html

Woodbridge Municipal Court
1 Main Street
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Phone: (732) 636-6430
Web: https://www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us/267/Municipal-Court

What is Handled by a Municipal Court in Middlesex County?

In New Jersey Municipal Courts handle matters such as traffic tickets (including DUI), town ordinance violations and disorderly persons offenses. Disorderly persons offenses are sometimes referred to as misdemeanors.

What Types of Criminal Offenses Are Handled in the Middlesex County Municipal Courts?

Common disorderly persons offenses that are handled in the Middlesex County municipal courts include:
• Shoplifting
• Simple Assault
• Harassment
• Marijuana Possession
• Drug Paraphernalia
• Disorderly Conduct
• Underage Drinking
• Public Intoxication
• Loitering
• Destruction of Property
• Resisting Arrest

Many municipal courts have court only once a week. When people go to court, there is usually a full calendar. Busier towns have court more than once a week. There is no set rule for how many times a municipal court must meet.

Municipal Court Personnel

In any court session, you will certainly see the municipal court judge. Municipal Court judges are usually appointed by the town mayor, which is why the municipal court judge changes from time to time. It does not mean that the municipal court judge is doing a bad job. Most of the time, it has to do with politics.

Aside from the judge, you may see the town prosecutor. Because of the heavy case load, the prosecutor is usually in his or her office negotiating plea agreements with various defendants. Occasionally, the judge will require an explanation from the prosecutor as to a particular plea agreement and then the prosecutor will appear. The prosecutor will also be there for any trial.

Every town has one or more public defenders as well. In Middlesex County municipal courts, public defenders are available to those that are charged with a criminal offense or serious traffic infraction. In addition, the defendant must qualify financially. If you qualify for the public defender, the cost is $200. Like the prosecutor, public defenders usually have very heavy caseloads as well.

Usually, you will also see private criminal defense attorneys. Unlike the public defender, the private criminal defense lawyer is usually there on behalf of one client. His or her time and efforts are devoted completely towards one client. Private attorney cases are usually handled first.

Aside from the lawyers, you will probably also notice:
• Court administrators
• Court clerks
• Police officers
• Interpreters
• Violation bureau clerks

How Does a Municipal Court Session Function Procedurally?

It is really up to the judge to determine how he or she wants to handle the court session. Generally speaking, first appearances are handled first because they take the least amount of time. First appearances are for defendants to hear the charges against them and to enter an initial plea of guilty or not guilty. You may hear on the cable news about a not guilty plea from a defendant that appears to be obviously guilty. It is important to point out that this is an initial plea and not guilty plea is done initially many times so that the defendant can obtain a lawyer. Judges are very reluctant to put through a guilty plea without a lawyer present for the defendant. After you enter your first appearance in municipal court, the court will schedule your case for either a trial or a conference. Whether the matter is listed for trial or a conference usually depends on the nature of the charge.

After first appearances are out of the way, the judge will typically take plea agreements. Plea agreements are relatively quick but usually take longer than first appearances. Plea agreements are generally the result of a conference between the prosecutor and the criminal defense attorney.

Trials are always handled last. They take the most amount of time and it allows the judge to get through everyone else’s case so that they are not waiting around for the trial to end just to enter a not guilty plea or put through a plea agreement.

Can I Pay My Traffic Ticket Online?

Parking tickets and some traffic tickets can be paid online. Some traffic tickets require a court appearance. The ticket usually has a boxed checked off that will notify you as to whether or not a court appearance is required.

Pay Your Traffic Ticket Online Here

Middlesex County NJ Criminal Defense Lawyer – (908) 358-2938

The Sloan Law Firm aggressively defends clients dealing with criminal charges and traffic infractions in every Middlesex County municipal court and throughout New Jersey. If you have received a summons for a traffic ticket or a criminal offense and would like to speak with a Middlesex County NJ Municipal Court Attorney, call (908) 358-2938. The initial consultation is free.

The firm serves clients in: Carteret, Cranbury, Dunellen, East Brunswick, Edison, Helmetta, Highland Park, Jamesburg, Metuchen, Middlesex, Milltown, Monroe, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, Piscataway, Plainsboro, Sayreville, South Amboy, South Brunswick, South Plainfield, South River, Spotswood, Woodbridge and throughout Middlesex County.

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Overview: Morris County NJ Municipal Court System

Morris County NJ Municipal Court System Lawyer

Morris County NJ Municipal Court System

In Morris County and throughout New Jersey, Municipal Courts handle matters such as traffic tickets (including DUI), town ordinance violations and disorderly persons offenses.  Disorderly persons offenses are sometimes referred to as misdemeanors.

Where are the Municipal Courts in Morris County, New Jersey located?

Boonton Municipal Court
(Shared with Parsippany-Troy Hills)
3333 Route 46 East
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Phone: (973) 263-4290 or 4291
Web: https://www.boonton.org/163/Court

Boonton Township Municipal Court
155 Powerville Road
Boonton Township, NJ 07005
Phone: Phone: (973) 402-4006
Web: https://www.boontontownship.com/municipal-court

Butler Municipal Court
1 Ace Road
Butler NJ 0740
Phone: (973) 838-0559
Web: http://www.butlerborough.com/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=19&TPID=3600

Chatham Borough Municipal Court
(Shared with Chatham Township, Harding, Madison and Morris)
Hartley Dodge Building
50 Kings Road
Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: (973) 593-3026
Web: http://chathamborough.org/chatham/Government/Municipal%20Court/

Chatham Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Chatham Borough, Harding, Madison and Morris)
Hartley Dodge Building
50 Kings Road
Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: (973) 593-3026
Web: http://www.chathamtownship-nj.gov/departments/court

Chester Borough Municipal Court
(Shared with Mendham Borough)
50 North Road
Chester, NJ 07930
Phone: (908) 879-3660 ext. 2126
Web: http://chesterborough.org/departments/municipal-court/

Chester Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Mendham Township)
1 Parker Road
Chester, NJ 07930
Phone: (908) 879-5100 ext. 816
Web: https://chestertownship.org/departments/municipal-court-violations/

Denville Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Mountain Lakes)
1 St. Mary’s Place
Denville, NJ 07834
Phone: (973) 625-8300
Web: http://www.denvillenj.org/departments/municipal_court.php

Dover Municipal Court
(Shared with Mine Hill and Victory Gardens)
37 North Sussex Street
Dover, NJ 07801
Phone: (973) 366-2200
Web: http://www.dover.nj.us/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=17&TPID=6267

East Hanover Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Hanover)
1000 Route 10 West
Whippany, NJ 07981
Phone: (973) 428-2519
Web: http://www.easthanovertownship.com/departments/court.htm

Florham Park Municipal Court
111 Ridgedale Avenue
Florham Park, NJ 07932
Phone: (973) 410-5324
Web: http://www.fpboro.net/departments/municipal-court/

Hanover Township Municipal Court
(Shared with East Hanover)
1000 Route 10 West
Whippany, NJ 07981
Phone: (973) 428-2519
Web: http://www.hanovertownship.com/Departments/MunicipalCourt/CourtInformation.aspx

Harding Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Madison and Morris)
Hartley Dodge Building
50 Kings Road
Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: (973) 593-3026
Web: http://www.hardingnj.org/content/1068/178/default.aspx

Jefferson Township Municipal Court
1033 Weldon Road
Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
Phone: (973) 208-6129
Web: http://www.jeffersontownship.net/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=4&TPID=138

Kinnelon Municipal Court
130 Kinnelon Road
Kinnelon, NJ 07405
Phone: (973) 838-7644
Web: http://www.kinnelonboro.org/municipal-court-7/

Lincoln Park Municipal Court
34 Chapel Hill Road
Lincoln Park, NJ 07035
Phone: (973) 694-6100 ext. 2067
Web: http://www.lincolnpark.org/134/Municipal-Court

Long Hill Township Municipal Court
915 Valley Road
Gillette, NJ 07933
Phone: (908) 647-8000
Web: http://longhillnj.gov/court.html

Madison Municipal Court
(Shared with Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Harding and Morris)
Hartley Dodge Memorial
50 Kings Road
Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: (973) 593-3026
Web: http://www.rosenet.org/directory.aspx?did=14

Mendham Borough Municipal Court
(Shared with Chester Borough)
50 North Road
Chester, NJ 07930
Phone: (908) 879-3660 Ext.2126
Web: http://www.mendhamnj.org/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=94&TPID=14685

Mendham Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Chester Township)
1 Parker Rd
Chester, NJ 07930
Phone: (908) 879-5100 ext. 816
Web: http://www.mendhamtownship.org/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=77&TPID=10251

Mine Hill Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Dover and Victory Gardens)
37 North Sussex Street
Dover, NJ 07801
Phone: (973) 366-2200
Web: http://minehill.com/

Montville Municipal Court
360 Route 202, Suite 2
Montville, NJ 07045
Phone: (973) 335-1022
Web: http://montvillenj.org/183/Municipal-Court

Morris Plains Municipal Court
531 Speedwell Avenue, 2nd Floor
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
Phone: (973) 538-4019 ext. 206
Web: http://www.morrisplainsboro.org/directory/town-directory

Morris Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Chatham Township, Chatham Borough, Harding and Madison)
Hartley Dodge Building
50 Kings Road
Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: (973) 593-3026
Web: http://www.morristwp.com/126/Municipal-CourtJoint-Municipal-Court

Morristown Municipal Court
200 South Street
Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: (973) 292-6687
Web: https://www.townofmorristown.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=6A7FF0EE-988B-47CB-9996-313E57DBFE34

Mount Arlington Municipal Court
419 Howard Boulevard
Mount Arlington, NJ 07856
Phone: (973) 398-6832
Web: https://mountarlingtonnj.org/court/

Mount Olive Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Netcong)
204 Flanders-Drakestown Road
Budd Lake, N.J. 07828
Phone: (973) 691-0900
Web: http://mountolivetownship.com/index.php/departments/municipal-court

Mountain Lakes Municipal Court
(Shared with Denville)
1 St. Mary’s Place
Denville, NJ 07834
Phone: (973) 625-8300
Web: https://mtnlakes.org/departments/municipal-court/

Netcong Municipal Court
(Shared with Mount Olive)
204 Flanders-Drakestown Road
Budd Lake, NJ 07828
Phone: (973) 691-0900
Web: http://netcong.org/municipal-court/

Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Municipal Court
(Shared with Boonton)
3333 Route 46 East
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Phone: (973) 263-4290
Web: http://www.parsippany.net/Departments/Municipal-Court/

Pequannock Township Municipal Court
530 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, 2nd Floor
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
Phone: (973) 835-5700 ext.114
Web: http://www.peqtwp.org/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=60&TPID=6293

Randolph Municipal Court
502 Millbrook Avenue
Randolph, NJ 07869
Phone: (973) 989-7054
Web: http://www.randolphnj.org/government/municipal_court

Riverdale Municipal Court
91 Newark-Pompton Turnpike
Riverdale, NJ 07457
Phone: (973) 835-1013
Web: https://www.riverdalenj.gov/riverdale-municipal-court

Rockaway Borough Municipal Court
(Shared with Boonton and Parsippany-Troy Hills)
3333 Route 46 East
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Phone: (973) 263-4290
Web: http://rockawayboropd.org/MunicipalCourt.html

Rockaway Township Municipal Court
65 Mount Hope Road
Rockaway, NJ 07866
Phone: (973) 627-9000
Web: http://www.rockawaytownship.org/186/Court

Roxbury Township Municipal Court
1715 Route 46 West
Ledgewood, NJ 07852
Phone: (973) 448-2033
Web: http://www.roxburynj.us/11/Municipal-Court

Victory Gardens Municipal Court
(Shared with Dover and Mine Hill)
37 North Sussex Street
Dover, NJ 07801
Phone: (973) 366-2200
Web: http://victorygardensnj.gov/court.html

Washington Township Municipal Court
43 Schooley’s Mountain Road
Long Valley, NJ 07853
Phone: (908) 876-3852
Web: http://wtmorris.org/index.php/departments/municipal-court.html

Wharton Municipal Court
(Shared with Mount Arlington)
419 Howard Boulevard
Mount Arlington, NJ 07856
Phone: (973) 398-6832
Web: http://whartonnj.com/

What Kinds of Criminal Offenses Are Handled in the Morris County Municipal Courts?

Criminal offenses include:

• Shoplifting
• Simple Assault
• Harassment
• Marijuana Possession
• Drug Paraphernalia
• Disorderly Conduct
• Underage Drinking
• Public Intoxication
• Loitering
• Destruction of Property
• Resisting Arrest

Many municipal courts have court only once a week. When people go to court, there is usually a full calendar. Busier towns have court more than once a week. There is no set rule for how many times a municipal court must meet.

Who Works in Municipal Courts?

In any court session, you will certainly see the municipal court judge. Municipal Court judges are usually appointed by the town mayor, which is why the municipal court judge changes from time to time. It does not mean that the municipal court judge is doing a bad job. Most of the time, it has to do with politics.

Aside from the judge, you may see the town prosecutor. Because of the heavy caseload, the prosecutor is usually in his or her office negotiating plea agreements with various defendants. Occasionally, the judge will require an explanation from the prosecutor as to a particular plea agreement and then the prosecutor will appear. The prosecutor will also be there for any trial.

Every town has one or more public defenders as well. In Morris County municipal courts, public defenders are available to those that are charged with a criminal offense or serious traffic infraction. In addition, the defendant must qualify financially. If you qualify for the public defender, the cost is $200. Like the prosecutor, public defenders usually have very heavy caseloads as well.

Usually, you will also see private criminal defense attorneys. Unlike the public defender, the private criminal defense lawyer is usually there on behalf of one client. His or her time and efforts are devoted completely towards one client. Private attorney cases are usually handled first.

Aside from the lawyers, you will probably also notice

• Court administrators
• Court clerks
• Police officers
• Interpreters
• Violation bureau clerks

How Does a Municipal Court Session Work?

It is really up to the judge to determine how he or she wants to handle the court session. Generally speaking, first appearances are handled first because they take the least amount of time. First appearances are for defendants to hear the charges against them and to enter an initial plea of guilty or not guilty. You may hear on the cable news about a not guilty plea from a defendant that appears to be obviously guilty. It is important to point out that this is an initial plea and not guilty plea is done initially many times so that the defendant can obtain a lawyer. Judges are very reluctant to put through a guilty plea without a lawyer present for the defendant. After you enter your first appearance in municipal court, the court will schedule your case for either a trial or a conference. Whether the matter is listed for trial or a conference usually depends on the nature of the charge.

After first appearances are out of the way, the judge will typically take plea agreements. Plea agreements are relatively quick but usually take longer than first appearances. Plea agreements are generally the result of a conference between the prosecutor and the criminal defense attorney.

Trials are always handled last. They take the most amount of time and it allows the judge to get through everyone else’s case so that they are not waiting around for the trial to end just to enter a not guilty plea or put through a plea agreement.

Can I Pay My Traffic Ticket Online?

Parking tickets and some traffic tickets can be paid online. Some traffic tickets require a court appearance. The ticket usually has a boxed checked off that will notify you as to whether or not a court appearance is required.

Pay Your Traffic Ticket Online Here

Morris County NJ Criminal Defense Lawyer – (908) 358-2938

The Sloan Law Firm aggressively defends clients dealing with criminal charges and traffic infractions in every Morris County municipal court and throughout New Jersey. If you have received a summons for a traffic ticket or a criminal offense and would like to speak with a Morris County NJ Municipal Court Attorney, call (908) 358-2938. The initial consultation is free.

The firm serves clients in: Boonton, Butler, Chatham, Chester, Denville, Dover, East Hanover, Florham Park, Hanover, Harding, Jefferson, Kinnelon, Lincoln Park, Long Hill, Madison, Mendham, Mine Hill, Montville, Morris Plains, Morris Township, Morristown, Mount Arlington, Mount Olive, Mountain Lakes, Netcong, Parsippany-Troy Hills, Randolph , Rockaway Borough, Roxbury, Victory Gardens, Washington Township, Wharton and throughout Morris County.

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Guide to Municipal Court: Union County NJ Edition

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Guide to Municipal Court: Union County NJ Edition

What is a Union County Municipal Court?

Before discussing the Union County Municipal Court system, it is important to understand New Jersey’s court system as a whole.  In New Jersey, the state court system is broken into different parts.  The New Jersey Supreme Court is the highest court in New Jersey.  The New Jersey Supreme Court generally handles appeals from a New Jersey Appellate Court.  New Jersey’s Appellate Courts are the second highest courts.  The Appellate Division usually handles appeals from a New Jersey Superior Court.  Every county in New Jersey has its own Superior Court.  Superior Courts handle a variety of matters.

The lowest court in New Jersey is the Municipal Court, sometimes referred to as traffic court.  Every town in Union County has its own Municipal Court.  Municipal Courts handle matters such as traffic tickets (including DUI), town ordinance violations and disorderly persons offenses.  Disorderly persons offenses are sometimes referred to as misdemeanors.

What Types of Criminal Offenses Are Handled in a Union County Municipal Court?

Disorderly persons offenses include:

  • Shoplifting
  • Simple Assault
  • Harassment
  • Marijuana Possession
  • Drug Paraphernalia
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Underage Drinking
  • Public Intoxication
  • Loitering
  • Destruction of Property
  • Resisting Arrest

Many municipal courts have court only once a week.  When people go to court, there is usually a full calendar.  Busier towns have court more than once a week.  There is no set rule for how many times a municipal court must meet.

Who Works in Municipal Courts?

In any court session, you will certainly see the municipal court judge.  Municipal Court judges are usually appointed by the town mayor, which is why the municipal court judge changes from time to time.  It does not mean that the municipal court judge is doing a bad job.  Most of the time, it has to do with politics.

Aside from the judge, you may see the town prosecutor.  Because of the heavy caseload, the prosecutor is usually in his or her office negotiating plea agreements with various defendants.  Occasionally, the judge will require an explanation from the prosecutor as to a particular plea agreement and then the prosecutor will appear.  The prosecutor will also be there for any trial.

Every town has one or more public defenders as well.  In Union County municipal courts, public defenders are available to those that are charged with a criminal offense or serious traffic infraction.  In addition, the defendant must qualify financially.  If you qualify for the public defender, the cost is $200. Like the prosecutor, public defenders usually have very heavy caseloads as well.

Usually, you will also see private criminal defense attorneys.  Unlike the public defender, the private criminal defense lawyer is usually there on behalf of one client.  His or her time and efforts are devoted completely towards one client.  Private attorney cases are usually handled first.

Aside from the lawyers, you will probably also notice:

  • Court administrators
  • Court clerks
  • Police officers
  •  Interpreters
  • Violation bureau clerks

How Does a Municipal Court Session Work?

It is really up to the judge to determine how he or she wants to handle the court session.  Generally speaking, first appearances are handled first because they take the least amount of time.  First appearances are for defendants to hear the charges against them and to enter an initial plea of guilty or not guilty.  You may hear on the cable news about a not guilty plea from a defendant that appears to be obviously guilty.  It is important to point out that this is an initial plea and a not guilty plea is often entered initially so that the defendant can obtain a lawyer.  Judges are very reluctant to put through a guilty plea without a lawyer present for the defendant.  After you enter your first appearance in municipal court, the court will schedule your case for either a trial or a conference.  Whether the matter is listed for trial or a conference usually depends on the nature of the charge.

After first appearances are out of the way, the judge will typically take plea agreements.  Plea agreements are relatively quick but usually take longer than first appearances.  Plea agreements are generally the result of a conference between the prosecutor and the criminal defense attorney.

Trials are always handled last.  They take the most amount of time.  Handling trials last allows the judge to get through everyone else’s case so that they are not waiting around for the trial to end just to enter a not guilty plea or put through a plea agreement.

I Got a Ticket, Where is the Municipal Court Located?

For the most part, the town in which you received the traffic ticket or summons is the town that will handle the court case.  Below is a complete list of Union County Municipal Courts.  Click on the court name to go directly to the municipal court’s website.

Berkeley Heights Municipal Court

360 Elkwood Avenue
New Providence, NJ 07974
Phone: (908) 665-1454/ (908) 743-1055
(In January 2018 the court office will be relocated and court sessions will be held in the City of Summit, located at 512 Springfield Avenue. This is due to renovations to the office and court room here in New Providence. The renovations are expected to last until May 2018.)

Clark Municipal Court

315 Westfield Avenue
Clark, NJ 07066
Phone: (732) 381-5395

Cranford Municipal Court

8 Springfield Avenue
Cranford, NJ 07016
Phone: (908) 709-7242

Elizabeth Municipal Court

One Police Plaza (between Commerce Place & East Grand Street)
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Phone: (908) 558-6800

Fanwood Municipal Court

75 North Martine Ave,
Fanwood, NJ 07023
Phone: (908) 322-8236

Garwood Municipal Court

403 South Avenue
Garwood, NJ 07027
Phone: (908) 789-0780

Hillside Municipal Court

1409 Liberty Avenue
Hillside, NJ 07205
Phone: (973) 926-1881

Kenilworth Municipal Court

567 Boulevard
Kenilworth, NJ 07033
Phone: (908) 276-1104

Linden Municipal Court

301 North Wood Avenue
Linden, NJ 07036
Phone: (908) 474-8429

Mountainside Municipal Court

1385 U.S. Highway 22 East
Mountainside, NJ 07092
Phone: (908) 232-5335

New Providence Municipal Court

360 Elkwood Avenue
New Providence, NJ 07974
Phone: (908) 665-1454

Plainfield Municipal Court

325 Watchung Ave
Plainfield, NJ 07060
Phone: (908) 753-3064

Rahway Municipal Court

1 City Hall Plaza
Rahway, NJ 07065
Phone: (732) 827-2039

Roselle Municipal Court

210 Chestnut Street
Roselle, NJ 07203
Phone: (908) 245-5588

Roselle Park Municipal Court

110 East Westfield Avenue
Roselle Park, NJ 07204
Phone: (908) 241-4631

Scotch Plains Municipal Court

430 Park Avenue
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Phone: (908) 322-6700

Springfield Municipal Court

100 Mountain Avenue
Springfield, NJ 07081
Phone: (973) 912-2213

Summit Municipal Court

512 Springfield Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
Phone: 908-273-6112

Union Municipal Court

981 Caldwell Avenue
Union, NJ 07083
Phone: (908) 851-5400

Westfield Municipal Court

425 East Broad Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
Phone: (908) 789-4060

Winfield Municipal Court

12 Gulfstream Avenue
Winfield, NJ 07036
Phone: (908) 925-3852

Can I Pay My Traffic Ticket Online?

Parking tickets and some traffic tickets can be paid online.  Some traffic tickets require a court appearance.  The ticket usually has a box checked off that will notify you as to whether or not a court appearance is required.

Pay Your Traffic Ticket Online Here

Union County NJ Criminal Defense Lawyer – (908) 358-2938

The Sloan Law Firm aggressively defends clients dealing with criminal charges and traffic infractions in every Union County municipal court and throughout New Jersey. If you have received a summons for a traffic ticket or a criminal offense and would like to speak with a Union County NJ Municipal Court Attorney, call (908) 358-2938.  The initial consultation is free.

The firm serves clients in: Berkeley Heights, Clark, Cranford, Garwood, Fanwood, Elizabeth, Hillside, Linden, Kenilworth, Mountainside, New Providence, Plainfield, Rahway, Roselle, Roselle Park, Springfield, Summit, Scotch Plains, Union, Westfield, Winfield and throughout Union County.

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