Edison Township Disorderly Persons Offense
The Edison Township Municipal Court processed over 2,100 criminal complaints charging individuals with some form of disorderly persons offense last year. There were few municipalities in Middlesex County with a higher total for municipal court offenses falling within this grade. If you have been charged with a disorderly persons offense in Edison NJ, you should know a few things from the outset. You will be left with a criminal record if you are convicted of the offense. This result can certainly affect your ability to gain employment, secure or maintain a professional license or even the status of your citizenship/immigration.
There are also direct consequences to your being found guilty that include fines, probation, suspension of driving privileges and even the possibility of jail. It is of paramount importance that you consult with a knowledgeable criminal attorney if you are facing an Edison violation of this nature. Our firm has a staff of defense lawyers that has exceptional qualification for defending you including over 100 years in practice between the members of our team including years serving as prosecutors in Middlesex County and elsewhere.
Disorderly Persons Charge in Edison NJ
The jurisdiction of the Edison Municipal Court is limited to criminal cases involving disorderly persons charges and motor vehicle violations. The court does not have the ability to deal with anything beyond an initial arraignment when it comes to indictable criminal charges of the first through fourth degree. The primary characteristic distinguishing the two categories of offense stems from the fact that there is a right to indictment by grand jury when someone is charged with a crime whereas no such right exists with disorderly persons cases. Our firm handles all municipal court criminal offenses including:
- Simple Assault
- Bad Checks
- Disorderly Conduct
- Resisting Arrest
- Possession of 50 Grams or Less of Marijuana
- Possession or Use of Drug Paraphernalia
In addition to the offenses listed, the municipal court judge in Edison reviews and rules on a large percentage of domestic violence complaints filed in the town; namely, have the responsibility to decide whether or not a Temporary Restraining Order should be issued.
Edison NJ Disorderly Persons Offense Attorneys
It is easy to make the mistake of believing that a disorderly persons offense is minor since it is a criminal charge heard in municipal court. This is not an accurate categorization for many reasons. The conviction can actually land you in the Middlesex County Jail for as much as six (6) months. Anyone convicted of a disorderly persons offense is also left with a record that cannot be removed for an absolute minimum of five (5) years. With negative consequences like these in play, it certainly is not advisable to defend yourself on such a charge in Edison Municipal Court. The foolishness of this thinking is even more obvious in view of the fact that our attorneys are able to avoid a conviction for this grade of offense in most cases. To learn how our lawyers can succeed in this fashion for you, call our Edison Office at 732-248-7675.