What You Need To Know About Municipal Courts in NJ
In many cases, for a person who has not been trained in the legal field, people do not realize that there are different branches of courts. Of course everyone has always heard of the Supreme Court as being the highest court in the United States. However, many people are not aware that there is a specific court in each county of New Jersey that only deals with after death issues (probate court) or divorce and minor children issues (family court). While these two examples tend to deal with bigger and more serious issues, there is another branch of courts that tend to deal more with specifically state law violations. This type of court is called the municipal court.
The general mission statement for the New Jersey municipal courts is one that should not be taken lightly as typically New Jersey municipal courts will ensure that the ‘everyday’ aspects of carrying out the laws continue to move forward: “We are an independent branch of government constitutionally entrusted with the fair and just resolution of disputes in order to preserve the rule of law and to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States and this State”. Municipal courts tend to focus themselves on issues within a very specific location, not necessarily a County as the probate or family court will. For example, they will deal with misdemeanor violations, parking tickets, public intoxications, driving under the influence, or simply assault, just to name a few.
Many people believe that because their case is ‘just’ a municipal case they will be able to handle it on their own without the assistance of an attorney. Sometimes they may be correct. For example, if you were speeding down the highway one night and got pulled over and were issued a ticket, typically you would be given the opportunity to fight that ticket on a specific night in the town that issued the ticket. If you know full well that you were speeding and do not want to fight the ticket, you will usually be able to simply pay the ticket and not have to appear. However, what if you believe that you were not speeding and that you should not have been issued the ticket? You are on a very strict budget and just do not have the extra money to be able to spend on a ticket you know that you do not deserve. You would then have to appear in Court to try and fight the ticket.
Appearing by yourself in any type of Court situation is never advisable. Even trained attorneys will usually hire another attorney to represent them in any court hearing. While municipal courts tend to deal with the ‘smaller’ issues in the justice world, the courts can still hand down sentences that could potentially be life changing for a person depending on the circumstance. The Law Offices of Marc A. Futterweit are here to help you in any type of municipal court case. Whether you feel that you have been unjustly issued a ticket or charged with a crime, our office will be able to assist you to the best possible outcome for your case. Please call our office today at 973-442-0200 to schedule an appointment or visit our website at www.futterweit.com to find out more information.