Municipal Court Defense in Morris County, NJ

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Minor crimes and ticketed offenses in Morris County are heard in Municipal Court in the town or township where the alleged offense took place. New Jersey Municipal Courts handle traffic and parking tickets; minor criminal offenses, such as shoplifting or passing bad checks; and violations of local ordinances, such as for loud music or building code violations. 

If you are headed to Municipal Court, you need an experienced defense attorney. Even a disorderly person offense, the lowest category of offense under New Jersey criminal law, can lead to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. If you are convicted, it will be on your record any time an employer, bank, school or landlord does a background check.

If you or a loved one has been arrested or ticketed and ordered to appear in Municipal Court in Morrisville, Parsippany, Denville, Boonton, Dover or another Morris County township or borough, contact the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall in Morrisville. Our legal team includes former prosecutors and public defenders, which gives us an insider’s understanding of how the case against you will be pursued. Our firm has successfully represented defendants in Municipal Courts for more than 15 years.

The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall can provide the qualifications, experience and resources necessary to develop a solid defense for you. Call or fill out our online form now to set up a free initial consultation with one of our experienced Municipal Court defense attorneys in our Morristown, N.J., office.

What is a New Jersey Municipal Court?

Many people in New Jersey find that their first and only contact with the N.J. judicial system is in a local Municipal Court. They may be the defendant, a crime victim or a witness.

Four general categories of offenses are heard in Municipal Court:

  • Motor vehicle and traffic law violations
  • Municipal ordinance violations
  • Disorderly and petty disorderly persons offenses 
  • Violations of regulations of the N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife, Division of Parks and Forestry, Office of Weights and Measures, and boating and animal cruelty regulations.

More serious crimes, such as robbery and assault, are known as indictable offenses. They may be initially filed in Municipal Court before being transferred to Superior Court. The county prosecutor may return such a case to the Municipal Court as a less serious charge but will usually present it to a Grand Jury to obtain an indictment. An indictment will be heard in a New Jersey Superior Court.

In criminal matters, such as an assault, shoplifting, harassment or drug possession, you will be required to appear in court. However, you can pay a fine without going to court if the “Court Appearance Required” box has not been checked on the complaint or if the charge is listed on either the Statewide Violations Bureau Schedule or the Local Violations Bureau Schedule.

If a court appearance is not required but you want to challenge a ticket, you must go to court.

Regardless, we suggest consulting one of our attorneys about a ticket or criminal charge in Morris County. An initial legal consultation with the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall is free. We can explain the steps needed to resolve the charges against you.

Cases We Handle in Morris County Municipal Courts

Regardless of the charges you face, you have the Constitutional right to a qualified legal defense. Unless you plead guilty, prosecutors must prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt to obtain a conviction.

Our attorneys can represent you in Municipal Court in Morris County to protect your rights. Our objective is to resolve your case in a manner that has the least possible impact on your life today and in the future.

Contact the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall for assistance with:

  • City Ordinance Violations
  • Disorderly Conduct Charges 
  • Disorderly Persons Offenses (misdemeanor offenses)
  • Domestic Violence Cases (domestic assault)
  • Preliminary Proceedings for Indictable Offenses (felonies)
  • Providing Alcohol to Minors
  • Small Claims Cases
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Use of Fake ID’s.

The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall will seek the most favorable outcome for you in Municipal Court. You should never go to court without legal representation. In almost all cases we can obtain a lesser penalty than a defendant can on his or her own. If a guilty plea is in your best interests, we will be frank with you about that. Call us for experienced legal assistance today.

Courts We Serve in Morris County

The attorneys of the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall are available to represent you on any issue in a Municipal Court in Morris County, New Jersey. We are active, known and respected in:

Boonton Municipal Court
3333 Route 46 East, Parsippany, NJ 07054
973-263-4290, ext. 1
Boonton Municipal Court services are provided by Parsippany-Troy Hills Municipal Court under a shared services agreement.

Boonton Township Municipal Court
155 Powerville Road, Boonton Township, NJ 07005
973-402-4006

Butler Municipal Court
1 Ace Road, Butler, NJ 07405
973-838-0559

Chatham Borough Municipal Court
Hartley Dodge Building 
50 Kings Road 
Madison, NJ 07940  
973-593-3026 

The Borough of Madison Joint Municipal Court serves the Borough of Chatham, Chatham Township, Harding Township, Borough of Madison, and Morris Township.

Chatham Township Municipal Court
Hartley Dodge Memorial Building
50 Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940
973-593-3026

The Borough of Madison Joint Municipal Court serves the Borough of Chatham, Chatham Township, Harding Township, Borough of Madison, and Morris Township.

Chester Borough Municipal Court
50 North Road, Chester, NJ 07930
908-879-3660, ext. 2126

The Municipal Court is shared by Chester Borough and Mendham Borough.

Chester Township Municipal Court
1 Parker Road, Chester, NJ 07930
908-879-5100, ext. 816

Denville Township Municipal Court
1 Saint Mary’s Place, Denville, NJ 07834
973-625-8300, ext. 2

Dover – Victory Gardens Shared Municipal Court
37 North Sussex Street, Dover, NJ 07801
973-366-2200, ext. 1137

The Town of Dover has entered into a shared services agreement with the Borough of Victory Gardens for municipal court services.

East Hanover Municipal Court
1000 Route 10 West, Whippany, NJ 07981
973-428-2519

East Hanover Municipal Court services are provided by Hanover Township Municipal Court under a shared services agreement.

Florham Park Municipal Court
111 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park, NJ 07932
973-410-5324

Harding Township Municipal Court
Hartley Dodge Memorial Building
50 Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940
973-593-3026

The Borough of Madison Joint Municipal Court serves the Borough of Chatham, Chatham Township, Harding Township, Borough of Madison, and Morris Township.

Hanover Township Municipal Court
1000 Route 10 West, Whippany, NJ 07981
973-428-2519

Jefferson Township Municipal Court
1033 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
973-208-6129

Kinnelon Municipal Court
130 Kinnelon Road, Kinnelon, NJ 07405
973-838-7644

Lincoln Park Municipal Court
34 Chapel Hill Road, Lincoln Park, NJ 07035
973-694-6100, ext. 2067

Long Hill Township Municipal Court
915 Valley Road, Gillette, NJ 07933
908-647-8369

Madison (Borough of) Joint Municipal Court
Hartley Dodge Memorial Building
50 Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940
973-593-3026

The Borough of Madison Joint Municipal Court serves the Borough of Chatham, Chatham Township, Harding Township, Borough of Madison, and Morris Township.

Mendham Borough Municipal Court
50 North Road, Chester, NJ 07930
908-879-3660, ext. 2126

The Municipal Court is shared by Chester Borough and Mendham Borough.

Mendham Township Municipal Court
1 Parker Road, Chester, NJ 07930
908-879-5100, ext. 816

Montville Township Municipal Court
360 Route 202, Suite 2, Montville, NJ 07045
973-335-1022

Morris Plains Municipal Court
531 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains, NJ 07950
973-538-4019
Morris Township Municipal Court
Hartley Dodge Memorial Building
50 Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940
973-593-3026

The Borough of Madison Joint Municipal Court serves the Borough of Chatham, Chatham Township, Harding Township, Borough of Madison, and Morris Township.

Morristown Municipal Court
200 South Street, PO Box 150, Morristown, NJ 07960
973-292-6687

Mountain Lakes Municipal Court
1 St. Mary’s Place, Denville, NJ 07834
973-625-8300, ext. 2

Mountain Lakes Municipal Court services are provided by Denville Municipal Court under a shared services agreement.

Mount Arlington Municipal Court
419 Howard Blvd., Mount Arlington, NJ 07856
973-398-6832, ext. 130 

The Municipal Court is shared by Mount Arlington and Wharton.

Mount Olive Township Municipal Court
204 Flanders-Drakestown Road
PO Box 450, Budd Lake, NJ 07828
973-691-0900, ext. 7242

Netcong Municipal Court
204 Flanders-Drakestown Road
PO Box 450, Budd Lake, NJ 07828
973-691-0900

Netcong Municipal Court services are provided by Mount Olive Township Municipal Court under a shared services agreement.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Municipal Court
3333 Route 46 East, Parsippany, NJ 07054
973-263-4290, ext. 1

Pequannock Township Municipal Court
530 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
973-835-5700, ext. 114

Randolph Township Municipal Court
502 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph, NJ 07869
973-989-7054

Riverdale Municipal Court
91 Newark Pompton Turnpike
PO Box 6, Riverdale, NJ 07457
973-835-1013

Rockaway Borough Municipal Court
3333 Route 46 East, Parsippany, NJ 07054
973-263-4290, ext. 1

Rockaway Borough Municipal Court services are provided by Parsippany-Troy Hills Municipal Court under a shared services agreement.

Rockaway Township Municipal Court
65 Mount Hope Road, Rockaway, NJ 07866
973-627-9000

Roxbury Township Municipal Court
1715 Route 46 West, Ledgewood, NJ 07852
973-448-2033

Washington Township Municipal Court
43 Schooley’s Mountain Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853
908-876-3852

Wharton Municipal Court
419 Howard Blvd., Mount Arlington, NJ 07856
973-398-6832, ext. 130 

The Municipal Court is shared by Mount Arlington and Wharton.

Mediation and Appealing a N.J. Municipal Court Decision

If you face a charge that involves harm to another person, you may be required to work with a mediator to settle the dispute outside of court. You may also ask the court to allow mediation if your case is eligible.

You may appeal a verdict handed down in Municipal Court to the Morris County Superior Court. The Superior Court reviews the judge’s decisions and transcripts of Municipal Court trials on appeal and will only reverse a decision if it finds a mistake regarding the facts or application of the law.

You must file an appeal within 20 days of the Municipal Court decision. You can request that the Municipal Court penalty be “stayed,” or set aside, pending the outcome of your appeal. The judge will decide.

Contact Our Morris County Municipal Court Defense Attorneys

Never face a criminal charge without legal representation. Even paying the fine on a ticket puts a stain on your record. Other offenses could land you in jail and cost hundreds of dollars, regardless of your actual guilt or innocence if you are on your own. Schedule a free, no-obligation legal consultation with a respected Municipal Court criminal defense attorney from The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall in Morristown, N.J., today.