“What’s the difference between a municipal ordinance violation and a disorderly persons charge?”
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Sometimes people receive a violation or a ticket and they don’t necessarily understand what they’re facing. A disorderly persons offense is a criminal charge, and a municipal ordinance violation is not. This is obviously important, because each ticket/violation needs to be handled differently. If you’re not sure what you’re facing, feel free to call us for more information about your case.
A Disorderly Persons Offense in NJ – What am I facing?
A disorderly persons charge is a criminal charge in NJ like a misdemeanor. If you have been charged with a disorderly persons offense, you will be arrested and given a summons to appear in court to handle the charges. The charge will be handled in the Municipal Court in the town in which you are charged. Some examples of disorderly persons offenses are possession of marijuana under 50 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, harassment, disorderly conduct, lewdness, and shoplifting (in an amount less than $200). On a disorderly persons charge, the penalties include a $1,000 fine, probation, up to six (6) months in the county jail, and a permanent criminal charge on your record.
A Municipal ordinance violation in NJ – What am I facing?
A municipal ordinance violation (also known as a borough ordinance violation or a town code violation) is not a criminal offense like a disorderly persons charge is. These violations are similar to getting a ticket for littering or for a noise violation at your residence for having a party with too many people over. An ordinance violation typically just results in fines and, most importantly, does not cause a criminal charge on your record. You need to research the specific ordinance you are charged with because some can include jail time and a driver’s license suspension.
If you or a loved one needs assistance with a disorderly persons criminal charge or a municipal ordinance violation, contact our offices now for immediate assistance at 201-556-1571. The initial consultation is always provided free of charge.
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