Edison Criminal Defense & DWI Attorneys
Although Edison has received many accolades as one of the more livable communities in the United States, this does not mean it is immune to criminal, DWI and traffic offenses. This is only to be expected as the highest populated municipality in Middlesex County and the fifth most in New Jersey. With so many people and over 30 square miles within the township, the 171 or so officers employed by the Edison Police Department encounter a wide array of violations. The same can also be said, however, by the former prosecutors and skilled criminal attorneys at our firm who comprise one of the largest defense teams in the state. If you were arrested for an assault, drug, DWI/DUI or theft offense in Edison Township, we possess the skills and experience, including over 100 years defending both basic and complex charges, to succeed on your behalf.
The initial aftermath of an arrest can be confusing and intimidating. The primary concern is typically the penalties and consequences that will be faced in the event of conviction. What we can tell you, assuming this is your concern, is that you will have a record if you are found guilty of any criminal charge and will lose your license if you are convicted of DWI. The variety of criminal charge heard in Edison Municipal Court is referred to as a disorderly persons offense. Although this grade of offense is the lowest set forth in the New Jersey Criminal Code, it nevertheless can result in up to six months in the county jail, significant fines, probation, community service, drug testing and suspension of your driver’s license. A DUI also carries serious penalties if you are convicted including a revocation of your privilege to drive, thousands of dollars in surcharges, skyrocketing insurance rates, and the possibility of incarceration, especially if it is your second, or third offense. Our attorneys regularly appear in Edison Township Municipal Court and, more importantly, have a high rate of success in avoiding penalties like these. In fact, we are able to escape a conviction altogether for disorderly persons offenses and are probably more successful than you might believe in DWI cases.
Felony offenses are graded in terms of severity in New Jersey by “degree.” Fourth degree crimes are the least serious indictable felonies and first degree crimes are the most severe. Any criminal charge of this nature falls outside the jurisdiction of Edison Municipal Court. The result is that all proceedings in these types of cases are heard the Middlesex County Superior Court in New Brunswick with the exception of an initial arraignment in the municipal court. Our firm is a longtime player in this arena and has handled literally thousands of indictable offenses over the years. We even maintain an law office on Paterson Street directly across from the County Courthouse to better service our clients who are facing Superior Court charges.
Criminal cases can be complicated and the stakes high. Many of the same considerations apply to DWI violations. This is not a realm for the inexperienced. So do your research wisely and dig deep to figure out what you are really considering. Is the attorney you are reading about someone who has been doing this work for decades or is this someone who is twisting words to throw you off from the fact that they have limited experience. Concerns like these are nonexistent with our firm. We can offer you a defense firm of both a size and level of experience that few in the state, let alone Middlesex County, can parallel. To discuss how we can assist you in defending your criminal offense, call 732-248-7675.
Charges Filed in Edison NJ
The New Jersey Administrative Offices of the Courts compiles statistics for criminal, dwi, and traffic complaints filed in Edison Township. The last reported 12 month period spanned July 2013 through June 2014.
During that period, 1013 charges were filed involving first, second, third and fourth degree indictable crimes. There were also 2,148 disorderly persons offenses filed. In terms of traffic violations, 21,973 moving violations and 137 DWI summonses were issued. These statistics are high in terms of the norm around the state.
Township of Edison Municipal Court
The Edison Municipal Court is extremely busy and employs three judges as opposed to one like most municipalities in Middlesex County. The Chief Judge is the Honorable Gary M. Price, with the Honorable Parag Patel and Honorable Mary Casey also presiding. The prosecutors are Tara Auciello, Joseph Lombardi and Rosalind Westlake. Kelly Sommer is the Court Administrator and Vanessa Tovar is the Assistant Administrator. The following is contact and scheduling information for the court:
Edison Municipal Court
100 Municipal Boulevard, Edison, NJ 08817
Day Sessions: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:00 a.m.
Night Sessions: Tuesday & Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Common Roadways for DWI & Other Arrests
Edison has been described as a transportation hub since it has so many major roadways connecting within its borders. Over 5 miles of the New Jersey Turnpike runs through the municipality at or around Exit 10. Large segments of Interstate 287 and U.S. 1 are also within Edison Township. These roadways are the primary source of DWI, drug and other roadway arrests made in the town by Edison Police and New Jersey State Police.
Directions to Edison Municipal Court
From NJ Turnpike: Take Exit 10 for NJ-440. Keep left at fork and proceed onto Interstate 287 North. Take Exit 2B and proceed onto NJ Route 27 toward New Brunswick. Turn onto Municipal Drive and the court is located at #100.
From U.S. Route 1: Exit roadway at Plainfield Avenue and proceed until it intersections with Ovington Avenue. Turn right onto Ovington Avenue and almost immediately left onto Hillcrest Avenue. Turn right when you reach Route 27. Municipal Drive will be on your left.
From Interstate 287: Take Exit 2B and follow signs for Route 27. Municipal drive will be located on your right in approximately 5 miles. The court is located at #100 to your right.