Table of Contents
- Washington Township Municipal Court Information
- Washington Township Disorderly Persons Offense
- Traffic Tickets in Washington Township
- Crime of the First, Second, Third or Fourth Degree in Washington Township
- Washington Township Domestic Violence Charges
- Directions to Washington Township Municipal Court
Don’t take any chances when it comes to a criminal charge. Even if it seems like a minor deal, the consequences of showing up to court unprepared could be catastrophic. If you or a loved one has been accused of committing a crime in Washington Township, New Jersey, the experienced criminal defense lawyers at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall can help you. Jonathan Marshall and his team of accomplished attorneys has extensive experience representing clients charged with simple assault, marijuana possession, driving while intoxicated (DWI) and other offenses in Washington Township Municipal Court. We also have what it takes to defend defending indictable crimes of the first degree, second degree, third degree or fourth degree.
You can count on us to get the job done for you because we know what it takes to win in the courtroom. Our credentials in Gloucester County speak for themselves:
- Our attorneys have over 200 years of combined experience both prosecuting and defending criminal cases in New Jersey.
- Our criminal defense team includes a former county prosecutors, as well as municipal court prosecutors, who have handled a wide range of cases in Gloucester County and elsewhere, including everything from homicide and armed robbery to drug possession and resisting arrest.
- The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall also employs lawyers whose experience in the courtroom is so considerable that they are among less than 2% of those licensed in the state that have earned the distinction of being a certified criminal trial attorney.
To speak with a member of our criminal defense team or to schedule a free consultation at our Woodbury office, contact us at (856) 818-4770.
Charged With DWI, a Traffic Violation, Disorderly Persons Offense or Indictable Crime in Washington Township New Jersey
Washington Township is located in Gloucester County, New Jersey. The municipality has a current population of nearly 50,000 people. The township, which was formed from parts of Deptford Township, has a thriving economy and an excellent school system. Washington Township includes the unincorporated communities of Turnersville, Hurffville, and Grenloch.
If you’ve been accused of a minor crime or issued a traffic ticket in Washington Township, your case will likely be heard in the Washington Township Municipal Court. The only criminal cases dealt with at the local municipal court level are disorderly persons offenses and petty disorderly persons offenses. Indictable felony charges, which expose defendants to jail time exceeding six months, are first processed in local municipal court but are then sent to Gloucester County Superior Court in Woodbury, New Jersey.
Contact a Washington Township NJ DWI Attorney for a Free Consultation
The aggressive criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have the knowledge and experience needed to fight your criminal charges in Washington Township, NJ. If you were arrested and logically considering which lawyer is the best candidate for representing your interests, we believe our team should be at the top of your list. We have over two centuries of experience to bring to the table and a staff of lawyers whose qualifications are truly rare. Call us now to discuss your case or schedule a meeting at our New Jersey office. You can reach us 24 hours a day at (856) 818-4770.
Other Helpful Links and Information about Washington Township NJ
- For additional information about Washington Township, check out the Washington Township website.
- The Washington Township Police Department can be contacted at 856-256-1212. To learn more about the local police, visit the police department website.
- For daily news from Gloucester County, see the NJ.com website.
The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall defends clients charged in Washington Township with: disorderly persons offenses like marijuana possession, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, simple assault, shoplifting, bad checks and obstructing the administration of law; traffic tickets and summonses like DWI, DUI, driving while suspended, reckless driving, careless driving, driving without insurance, speeding and possession of cds in a motor vehicle; and indictable crimes like aggravated assault, eluding, burglary, theft by deception, credit card theft/fraud, distribution of cds, drug possession and terroristic threats.
Washington Township Municipal Court Information
The Washington Township Municipal Court is located at 1 McClure Drive in Sewell, NJ. The court office can be reached by calling 856-589-0546 between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM Monday-Friday.
- Honorable Martin W. Whitcraft is the Judge.
- Scott Burns is the Prosecutor.
- Donna Tomasetti is the Court Administrator.
To get more detailed information about the Washington Township Municipal Court, go to the court’s official website.
Disorderly Persons Offenses
A major category of charges falling under the jurisdiction of the Washington Township Municipal Court is disorderly persons offenses. While these types of violations are what is commonly referred to as a misdemeanor in other states, they nevertheless result in a criminal record that will follow you for decades. They also carry up to six months in the Gloucester County Jail. Common disorderly persons offenses encountered in Washington Township Municipal Court include:
- Simple Assault
- Disorderly Conduct
- Bad Checks
- Obstructing the Administration of Law
The jurisdiction of Washington Township municipal court extends to all traffic tickets issued within the 21.6 square miles of the town. Whether you were issued a summons on Route 42, Route 168 or a local roadway like Egg Harbor Road, this is where the charge will be heard. Although there is an almost endless array of motor vehicle infractions that someone can face in this court, some offenses are encountered more often than others, including:
- Careless Driving
- Driving While Suspended
- Driving Without Insurance
- Reckless Driving
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident
- Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle
Your criminal offense will not be heard at the municipal level if it involves a crime of the first, second, third or fourth degree. Cases involving matters within these grades fall under the jurisdiction of the Gloucester County Superior Court because they are indictable in nature. What this means is that you must be indicted by a Grand Jury before offenses like these can be prosecuted and the only place where these proceedings can take place is the county courthouse in Woodbury New Jersey. The most frequently arising indictable crimes in Washington Township include:
- Aggravated Assault
- Terroristic Threat
- Theft by Deception
- Possession of Cocaine, Heroin, LSD, Xanax and other drugs
- Distribution of CDS
- Endangering the Welfare of a Child
- Credit Card Theft & Fraud
Washington Township Domestic Violence
A potentially complicated situation is created when someone is charged with domestic violence in Washington Township or another municipality. The primary reason for this statement stems from the fact that this type of case typically results in both restraining order proceedings in the Family Division of the Gloucester County Superior Court and a parallel criminal proceeding in either Washington Township Municipal Court (e.g. simple assault, harassment or other disorderly persons offense) or the Superior Court (e.g. aggravated assault, terroristic threat, stalking or other indictable crime).
When the Washington Township Police Department are summonsed to the scene of a domestic call they typically encounter allegations of assault or other allegations of violence. If they find probable cause to believe domestic violence has occurred, they ask the victim if he/she would like to obtain a temporary restraining order. They also sign a criminal charge against the aggressor. The restraining order results in a bar of contact between the victim and the defendant, and also a hearing at the Gloucester County Superior Court to determine whether the restraints should become permanent and final. This proceeding is referred to as a final restraining order hearing.
Directions to Washington Township Municipal Court
From Route 55S: Take Exit 56A towards Washington Township, turn slight right onto Route 47. Stay straight to go onto Egg Harbor RD/CR-603. Turn right at Greentree Rd/CR-603. After the light at Heritage Valley Dr. (Ott’s on left), make a left on McClure Drive.
From Atlantic City Expressway: Take Exit 44 and merge onto NJ Route 42 North. Keep right at the fork and continue to Exit 7. Turn right onto Route 705/Sicklerville Roadd (signs for NJ-168/Blackwood/NJ-42 N). Make a sharp left onto NJ-168 S/E Black Horse Pike and proceed for 1 mile. Turn right onto Greentree Road. In about 2.2 miles turn left onto McClure Drive – court is on right.
From the New Jersey Turnpike: Take Exit 3 to merge onto NJ-168 N/Black Horse Pike North toward Camden. Turn left onto West Browning Road in about .4 miles. Continue straight on Creek Road and then turn left onto Harding Avenue. You will then turn left on Leaf Avenue. Merge onto NJ Route 42 South and take Exit 13 for NJ Route 55 (Glassboro/Vineland). Continue for about 3.8 miles and take Exit 56A to merge onto NJ Route 47 South. Continue straight onto Egg Harbor Road and proceed for 2.7 miles. Turn right onto Greentree Road and then left onto McClure Drive in about .5 miles.