Mr. Galdo has extensive experience with Municipal Court matters. The Municipal Court handles a variety of offenses commonly known as disorderly persons offenses, petty disorderly persons offenses, local ordinances and traffic violations. Although less serious than crimes or felonies handled in the Superior Court of New Jersey, these offenses should not be ignored. Penalties may include jail time, significant fines and loss of license, among other sanctions. Additionally, convictions may result in other significant consequences, such as motor vehicle points, surcharges, increase insurance premiums, unemployability and loss of federal school loans.
Some of the more common offenses heard in municipal court are: Possession or Use of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and related CDS charges, Simple Assault, Criminal Mischief, Criminal Trespass, Theft, Shoplifting, Bad checks, Lewdness, Obstruction, Resisting Arrest, Eluding, Hindering Apprehension, Disorderly Conduct, Harassment, Minor Weapons Offenses and Underage Drinking. Local Ordinance offenses may involve property maintenance violations, alcohol related offenses, disorderly conduct, dog or other animal violations and zoning violations, among others.
Traffic offenses may include Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs, Refusal to Submit to a Breath Test, Driving While Suspended, Driving with No Insurance, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Driving without a License, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, Speeding, Disregard of Stop Sign/Traffic Light and others.
Before pleading guilty to a disorderly persons offense, a petty disorderly offense, a local ordinance or a traffic violation, know what you are getting into. Call now for a free/no obligation consultation during which Mr. Galdo can review your case for any legal discrepancies and discuss your defense options.