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Gloucester County Municipal Court Lawyer

Experienced Gloucester County Traffic Ticket and DUI Attorney Defending Clients Rights in Gloucester County and Throughout New Jersey 

If you are facing criminal charges in Gloucester County, you should take them very seriously. A conviction for a crime can result in a criminal record. You may also have to pay a hefty fine and spend significant time in jail. You are already in a better position if a Gloucester County Municipal Court hears your case. Municipal courts typically consider cases involving less serious charges, such as disorderly persons offenses, DWI offenses, traffic infractions, petty disorderly persons offenses, and small municipal infractions, among others. Because these cases are frequently heard quickly and without a jury trial, the likelihood of a protracted disagreement is reduced. Additionally, jail terms are uncommon and generally just 180 days long, and individuals who want to have their records wiped may be given a fast-track process to do so. It’s important to have an experienced Gloucester County municipal court lawyer fighting in your corner to keep these charges at a minimum. 

If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor crime, DUI or a traffic infraction in Gloucester County, criminal defense lawyer Michele Finizio can help. Don’t take any chances with unnecessary fines and penalties. Contact the Law Offices of Michele Finizio for quality legal representation by an experienced team. We will help you fight and beat the charges being brought against you. We will work to get the best outcome in your case so you can avoid the most severe penalties.

Contact our law firm and take the first step to protect your rights and freedom. Get invaluable insight into your case and the best strategy for your defense. 

Beat Criminal and Municipal Charges with the Help of an Experienced Gloucester County Municipal Court Lawyer 

Crimes in New Jersey are classified based on the severity of harm caused as a result of the crime or the damage involved. New Jersey’s criminal code categorizes crimes as: 

Indictable Crimes 

These are serious crimes often known as felonies in other states. A conviction for an indictable crime often results in a prison sentence and a hefty fine. These crimes are further categorized as follows: 

  • Fourth-degree crimes – These are the least severe indictable crimes. They include shoplifting, marijuana possession, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They are punishable by up to 18 months in state prison. 
  • Third-degree crimes – These include shoplifting, drug charges, and aggravated assault. They are punishable by between 3 and 5-year sentences in state prison. 
  • Second-degree crimes – These include gun charges, robbery, sexual assault, and drug offenses. They are punishable by 5 to 10 years in state prison. 
  • First-degree crimes –These are the most serious crimes. They include murder, owning or maintaining a drug manufacturing facility, and kidnapping. They are punishable by 10 to 20 years in state prison. 

Municipal Crimes

Disorderly persons offenses

These are known as misdemeanors in other states. They include simple assault, shoplifting, and possession of fewer than 50 grams of marijuana. These crimes are punishable by up to 6 months imprisonment in a county jail as well as a $1000 fine. Petty disorderly persons offenses such as harassment, disorderly conduct, and simple assault are punishable by up to 30 days in county jail as well as a $500 fine. 

Traffic offenses

These are not criminal charges but can result in serious legal problems and should therefore be taken seriously.

DUI charges

Although a DUI/DWI is not considered a criminal charge in New Jersey, it can still result in long-term consequences. You could end up spending time in jail or lose your driving privileges. 

No matter what type of charge you are facing, contact the Law Offices of Michele Finizio for representation from a skilled and experienced Gloucester County municipal court lawyer to secure the best defense for your case. 

About Gloucester County and Municipal Court Violations

Gloucester County is considered part of the metropolitan Philadelphia area located to the northwest of Atlantic City and to the south of Philly. It is home to farms and Revolutionary War battlegrounds with a recorded population of 302,294 according to the 2020 US Census. It is a major transportation hub and is also home to various notable educational institutions including Rowan University and Rowan College of South Jersey.  Gloucester County’s crime rates are considered lower than the national average. In fact, the county has the eighth-lowest crime rate among New Jersey’s 21 counties. 

Traffic tickets are unfortunately high in Gloucester County as a section of I-295 and the New Jersey Turnpike almost run side-by-side here. In 2017 there were 3,859 summonses, 4,256 summonses in 2016, and an all-time high of 4,788 in 2013 (the most summonses issued in the past five years).

In New Jersey, your odds of beating a traffic ticket are slim. According to an article published by nj.com, the Judiciary reported that 110,032 of the 147,996 speeding citations issued on non-toll roads led to a guilty plea or verdict. In court, just 366 drivers were found not guilty. However, 9,832 drivers had their speeding charges dropped in court by the judge due to things like a lack of proof. The remaining speeding citations were either combined with other offenses or reduced as part of a plea agreement.

It’s important to have the appropriate legal guidance when you’re facing serious penalties and fines from traffic tickets, DUIs, and criminal charges in Gloucester County and throughout New Jersey. Contact the Law Offices of Michele Finizio today to get the defense you need.

Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation with an Experienced Gloucester County Municipal Court Lawyer 

If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal or municipal offense, you should get in touch with the Law Offices of Michele Finizio. Take the first step to protecting your rights and improving the outcome of your case by consulting with an experienced Gloucester County municipal court lawyer from our law firm. We have extensive experience representing clients facing various criminal charges and have great success in Gloucester County municipal courts. We will help you navigate the complex legal system and help you achieve a favorable outcome. 

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Facing Criminal Charges in Gloucester County

Do I need a lawyer for a minor crime in Gloucester?

Yes. Even being charged for a minor crime can have a serious and long-term impact on your life. A criminal conviction stays on your record for life. This record will interfere with your chances of securing a job, getting housing, and other things many people take for granted. If you are convicted, you may be sentenced to prison. This will mean time away from your family and friends. You may also have to pay hefty fines and fees which will place an economic burden on you and your family. 

Having an experienced Gloucester county municipal court lawyer fighting in your corner is your best chance of avoiding charges or convictions for minor crimes. Contact the Law Offices of Michele Finizio for consultation with our team. We will provide you with the best strategy to achieve a favorable outcome in your case. 

How will a criminal defense lawyer help me?

If you are facing criminal charges it is important to have the representation and guidance of an experienced Gloucester county municipal court lawyer. A lawyer will investigate your case and the legality of the charges that are being brought against you. They will also determine if you were arrested legally and work to have your greed. They will look at the evidence and investigate your case to build a strong defense on your behalf. They will represent you in court and fight on your behalf to protect your best interests. Your attorney will negotiate on your behalf to get the charges reduced or dropped. An experienced attorney can help you avoid the lifelong impact of a conviction. 

Contact the Law Offices of Michele Finizio to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney and learn more about how we can help.

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