What Are The Types of Cases That Are Heard In Municipal Court?
It is no surprise that there are many different types of intricacies in the United States legal system. Many people are confused by what cases get heard in what type of court and why? Why do certain cases stay at a town by town, or county by county level, while many other cases are given over to the state of the government. The easy answer is that the subject matter of different cases requires a possible large consequence to behavior and that is why they are distributed as such. Smaller cases that require minimal to no consequence are kept at a municipal level and municipal court judges makes the determination as to the guilt or innocence of the individual. Here is an overview of the types of cases that are heard on a municipal level.
There are two fairly common issues that many people are familiar with the municipal court dealing with entail motor vehicle or traffic law issues. For example, if you are caught speeding through a specific town, you will more than likely be issued a ticket with an option to be able to appear to dispute the ticket if you feel as though you were not wrongly ticketed. Other common tickets in this realm deal with parking violations. For example, in many towns there are parking rules in which you are not allowed to park on a certain side of the street on a certain day. While these tickets are harder to fight, if you can somehow show that you were legally parked in a spot outside of the time where the rules are enforced, you could possibly have a chance.
Other offenses that municipal court often hear deal with drunk driving or disorderly persons’ charges. Depending on the severity of the details of your case, a judge may deem that a warning is sufficient or as severe as a fine or loss of license. Municipal courts will also hear cases that deal with the violations of Fish and Game laws including hunting for a certain type of game outside of season or without the correct identification to be able to do so.
It is understandable that when any person hears the words ‘court appearance’ they tend to panic. Regardless of what you are being charged with, however, it is always important to have an attorney in your corner to protect your rights. The Law Offices of Marc A. Futterweit is well versed in catering to any municipal court issue that a person many face. We will walk you through all of your options depending on your case while still adhering to your wishes as to the handling of your case. We understand that the details of every case will be different and we understand that they will always have a different effect on each one of our clients. If you are dealing with a municipal court issue, please call our office today at 973-442-0200 or visit our website at www.futterweit.com to learn more about municipal court issues.