Though many do not consider a municipal court charge to be “criminal” in nature, conviction on many such charges can in fact give you a criminal record which can “hound” you for the rest of your life. If you have been charged with a municipal court offense, you should seek representation from an experienced defense lawyer.
At Mariano & Coiro, P.C., we have represented many people in Somerset County and Central New Jersey accused of municipal court charges for more than 30 years. We are experienced, knowledgeable and understand what is and is not possible in the municipal court system. We will work diligently to obtain the best outcome possible for you.
Mariano & Coiro, P.C., defends people accused of all types of violations in municipal court, including:
- Traffic violations — speeding, driving with a revoked/suspended license, driving without insurance, etc.
- Drug possession
- Theft and shoplifting
- Property code violations
- And other misdemeanor charges
Contact us for a consultation regarding a municipal court charge. Attorney Joseph W. Coiro can review your case and discuss your legal options.
Paying a traffic fine is an admission of guilt. Before you pay a fine, consider getting legal representation, particularly if you have prior offenses on your record. Mariano & Coiro, P.C., can represent you in court with the goal of getting the charge dismissed or reduced to one with lesser penalties. This can keep “points” off your driving record, too many of which will ultimately result in the suspension of your license.
Many people do not realize that what seems like a simple matter of paying a fine and going home is rarely ever that. ALL moving violations (that is, essentially all motor vehicle offenses other than parking tickets) carry insurance points, in addition to state motor vehicle points assessed against your license. Insurance points are used by your insurance company to increase your rates each year for seemingly minor offenses, and may also result in the state levying substantial surcharges against you, in addition to the fines you already paid. The state and insurance company point systems are complex and confusing. As a result, what at first seems to be a simple traffic ticket could result in an increase in your insurance premiums by hundreds of dollars, and even the suspension of your license. Joseph W. Coiro is an experienced defense attorney and will work hard to minimize the impact of any charges, and otherwise seek the best outcome possible in your case.
Even though DWI, “no insurance” and “driving while revoked” cases are heard in municipal court, in terms of fines, penalties and the effect on your life and lifestyle, they are in a different category than other traffic cases. Because the consequences of a DWI, no insurance or driving while revoked conviction are so severe, you need aggressive and competent representation. A conviction for any of these offenses may result in the loss of your license for a considerable period of time. A DWI conviction, for example, can result in the loss of your driver’s license for 7-8 months, and possibly up to several years, depending upon your prior record and the nature and circumstances of your offense. In addition, substantial fines are levied against you which could total in thousands of dollars, not to mention the dramatic increase in your insurance rates which are mandated by law, following any DWI conviction. The law even makes jail time mandatory for certain DWI cases, including repeat offenders. More importantly, unlike many other states, New Jersey does NOT provide temporary or “drive to and from work” licenses. If your license is suspended, you cannot drive during the suspension period. This may, of course, impact your employment, as well as your lifestyle. Mariano & Coiro, P.C., will aggressively defend your rights and your driver’s license.
Avoiding a Conviction, Minimizing Penalties
In many cases involving municipal court charges, we have helped our clients avoid conviction and jail time, as well as minimizing other penalties, in both criminal and traffic matters. For first-time criminal offenses in particular, it may be possible for us to obtain a diversion or conditional discharge outcome. This can enable you to avoid a conviction, and lead to the ultimate dismissal of all charges against you, provided that you stay out of trouble and comply fully with any other terms set by the court. If you are eligible and want this type of outcome, Mariano & Coiro, P.C., will seek to obtain it for you.
Facing a Charge in Municipal Court? Get Help Immediately
For a consultation about a municipal court charge, contact Mariano & Coiro, P.C.