MUNICIPAL COURT CASES
In New Jersey, Municipal Courts handle a variety of matters, including disorderly persons offenses, petty disorderly persons offenses, municipal ordinance violations, and motor vehicle offenses. Disorderly persons offenses are violations of the criminal law including matters such as simple assault and possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana. Disorderly persons offenses are punishable by fines of up to $1,000.00 and by incarceration in the county jail for up to 180 days. Petty disorderly persons offenses are minor violations of the criminal law and include cases such as fighting. Petty disorderly persons offenses are punishable by fines of up to $500.00 and by incarceration in the county jail for up to 90 days. Municipal ordinance violations are violations of local law and include matters such as failing to obtain construction permits. Punishments for municipal ordinance violations vary depending upon the municipality, but generally, are punishable by fines of up to $500.00 and by incarceration in the county jail for up to 90 days. Motor vehicle offenses range from the very serious (for example, driving while intoxicated) to the very minor (for example, parking ticket violations) and punishments vary depending on the seriousness of the offense. These days, however, most motor vehicle violations are punishable by substantial fines, loss of driving privileges for substantial periods of time, and other very serious consequences.