PRACTICE AREAS

MUNICIPAL COURT

Successfully representing clients in municipal court matters in New Jersey.

Have you ever been pulled over and issued a ticket by a police officer? With all of the vehicles on the road in New Jersey, it is a frequent occurrence for many people. After receiving a ticket, many drivers find themselves confused regarding the consequences of receiving a traffic violation. Many drivers understand the reason for why they received a careless driving ticket but worry themselves about what to do after being cited by a police officer.

Once a ticket is issued, DO NOT IGNORE IT! While it may be tempting to cast it aside and forget about the consequences, it is required that tickets be addressed in a timely fashion and with the appropriate municipal court. If traffic tickets are ignored, drivers can end up with a: warrant for their arrest, suspended license or more significant court costs later down the road.

The Law Offices of Drinkwater & Goldstein, LLP Handles:

>  Traffic Violations including careless driving, driving while suspended & driving without a license

>  Drug Possession (limited to Municipal Court charges)

>  Simple assault

>  Shoplifting

>  Harassment

>  DUI (including Refusal charges)

>  Other Municipal Court cases

 

If you have received a municipal court ticket and are looking to dismiss or have your ticket downgraded to a lesser charge, Attorney Tara L. Magitz can represent you. For a free initial consultation about a Municipal Court case, please contact Tara L. Magitz at Drinkwater & Goldstein, LLP at (856) 753-5131.

COMMON MUNICIPAL COURT TICKETS

 

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs

New Jersey DUI (Driving Under the Influence) or DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) arrests are extremely serious, and carry significant penalties. The penalties for a conviction can be devastating to both the person charged and their family. The license suspension ranges from a mandatory 3 month to 12 month suspension for a first offense to 10 years for a third or subsequent offense. Each conviction may subject an individual to incarceration in the county jail -up to 30 days for a first offense; up to 90 days for a second offense; and a mandatory 180 days for a third or subsequent offense. There are also significant monetary costs, which include a $1,000.00 surcharge each year for 3 years.

An experienced DUI/DWI attorney can lead you through the intricate issues involved in the process including analyzing the police reports and other evidence from the pending prosecution to ensure that your legal rights are protected and reviewing your driving history to determine if relief is available to you from any prior convictions. We pay attention to the documents provided, the details provided in the police report, and seek out expert opinions to address every avenue.

Driving with a Suspended License

In order to operate a motor vehicle in New Jersey an individual must have a valid New Jersey driver’s license or permit or a valid driver’s license from that individual’s state or country of residence at the time of operation. New Jersey law imposes stiff penalties upon an individual who operates a motor vehicle while his driver’s license has been refused or whose driver’s license or reciprocity privilege has been suspended or revoked. Depending upon the number of prior convictions for Driving with a Suspended License the fines range from $500 to $1000, up to 6 months additional license suspension and 10 days in jail.

Careless Driving

Police officers in New Jersey frequently ticket drivers for “Careless Driving” as a catch-all ticket when a specific ticket does not apply. New Jersey Annotated Statute 39:4-97 says, “A person who drives a vehicle carelessly, or without due caution and circumspection, in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, a person or property, shall be guilty of careless driving.” Although Careless Driving does not carry the significant penalties that “Reckless Driving” does, it still carries with it a monetary cost and Motor Vehicle eligibility points.

Serving all of Camden County and Gloucester County including  Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Haddonfield, Washington Township, Turnersville, Sewell, Williamstown, Atco, Berlin, Waterford, Lindenwold, Stratford, Collingswood, Haddonfield and Haddon Heights.

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Drinkwater & Goldstein, LLP

277 White Horse Pike, Suite 200

Atco, NJ 08004-2275

info@drinkwatergoldsteinlaw.com

(856) 753-5131

 

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