If you have been summoned to appear in Raritan Municipal Court and charged with an offense, there are a number of circumstances which may apply in your case. First, you may be accused of a low-level criminal offense such as simple assault or disorderly conduct. Or, perhaps you have been charged with a motor vehicle violation such as DWI or DUI. You may also have received a notice entitled “First Appearance for Indictable Offenses,” in which case you may be required to appear in Raritan Municipal Court before your case is transferred to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office for review and a potential Grand Jury Indictment. In order to effectively navigate through the complex process necessary to resolve your legal matter, it is critical to identify and enlist an experienced legal advocate who can ensure that you are thoroughly protected. Understanding the legal avenues which may be available to you will allow you to make informed, confident decisions with your future in mind.
At The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, our seasoned team of defense lawyers pride themselves of client relationships, shared trust, and a collaborative approach to crafting highly effective defenses that position our clients for the best chances of success. Our consistent track record of success has earned us notable distinctions among those in our field, such as Top 100 Criminal Attorneys from National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Attorneys Under 40 in New Jersey, and 10 Leaders in New Jersey Criminal and DWI Defense. Regardless of these honors, we consider our satisfied clients our greatest source of pride. If you or someone you love has been charged with a criminal or traffic offense, please contact our Somerset County Offices at 908 722-1011 for a free initial consultation. We are available 24/7 to assist you.
Raritan Municipal Court Information
The Raritan Borough Municipal Court hears between 10 and 20 criminal matters per court session, including Shoplifting, Marijuana Possession, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The Municipal Court also hears between 70 and 80 traffic matters, including Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Speeding, and Driving an Uninsured Vehicle.
The Raritan Borough Municipal Court is located at 22 First Street, Raritan, New Jersey, 08869. The court office can be contacted directly at (908) 231-1300, extension 27. The court office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m to 4:15 p.m. Court sessions are held twice per month, generally on Mondays at 3:00 p.m.
- Chief Judge: Honorable Katherine E. Howes
- Municipal Prosecutor: Jeffery Ziegelheim, Esq.
- Court Administrator: Linda Lella
For more information about the Raritan Borough Municipal Court, visit the following website: Raritan Municipal Court.
NOTE: It is essential to confirm the specific Raritan court in which you are required to appear, as there are two separate Raritan municipalities and courts in New Jersey. The court code on your complaint or summons is the easiest way to confirm the court and is a four-digit number typically referred to as “Court ID.” The following are the court codes for the Raritan courts in New Jersey:
- Raritan Borough Municipal Court (Somerset County): 1816
- Raritan Township Municipal Court (Hunterdon County): 1021
About Raritan Borough NJ
Raritan is a Borough in Somerset County, New Jersey and has a population of 8,098. It was originally created as Raritan Town, a subdivision of Bridewater Township in 1868. Then, in 1948, the Borough of Raritan was incorporated by the New Jersey Legislature.
Helpful Links and Information About Raritan NJ
- For additional information about Raritan, visit the Raritan Official Website.
- The Raritan Police Department can be contacted at (908) 725-6700. To learn more about the Raritan Police Department, visit their official website.
Understanding your New Jersey Criminal or Traffic Case
The New Jersey Justice System is composed of certain distinct units, each of which is granted specific powers under State Law. New Jersey’s Constitution describes this organizational structure as follows: “Judicial power shall be vested in a Supreme Court, a Superior Court, County Courts, and inferior courts of limited jurisdiction.” The relevance of these divisions is immediately revealed when you or someone you love has been charged with a criminal offense or motor vehicle violation, as the nature of the crime, the degree of the charge, and the location of the offense will determine the legal venue in which your case is ultimately adjudicated. For example, if you have been accused of a felony, meaning a first, second, third, or fourth degree crime, such as aggravated assault, robbery, or distribution of cocaine, your case will be transferred to the Superior Court in the county in which the alleged offense occurred. On the other hand, charges for lower-level criminal offenses, known as disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offenses, will be heard and decided at the local Municipal Court in the municipality where your charges originated. Lastly, if you are a juvenile, general procedure dictates that your case be heard in the Family Division of the Superior Court in your county of residence.
Contact the Somerset County offices of The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall at 908-722-1011 for a free consultation about your Raritan Borough Municipal Court case.