If you have been summoned to appear in Watchung 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 possession of marijuana or possession of drug paraphernalia. Or, perhaps you have been charged with a motor vehicle violation such as driving under the influence of drugs (DUI) or possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. You may also have received a notice entitled “First Appearance for Indictable Offenses,” in which case you may be required to appear in Watchung 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.
Watchung Municipal Court Information
During a typical court session, 15 to 25 criminal matters are heard, including Shoplifting, Theft, and Simple Assault. Similarly, the Municipal Court addresses over 100 traffic matters including Speeding, Cell Phone Violations, Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), and Driving While Suspended.
The Watchung Municipal Court is located at 840 Somerset Street, Watchung, New Jersey, 07069. The court office can be contacted directly at (908) 757-1407. Court Sessions are held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 9:00 a.m.
- Chief Judge: Honorable John F. Richardson
- Municipal Prosecutor: Richard Guss, Esq.
- Court Administrator: Jodi Hansen-Rodriguez
About Watchung NJ
Watchung is a Borough in Somerset County, New Jersey and has a population of 5,863. Although Watchung Borough does not have a large population (16th out of 21 in Somerset County), it does see a high volume of shoplifting offenses, particularly in the vicinity of the Route 22 corridor that encompasses the Watchung Square Mall and the Blue Star Shopping Center.
Helpful Links and Information About Watchung NJ
- For more information about Watchung, visit the Watchung Official Website.
- The Watchung Police Department can be contacted at (908) 756-3663. To learn more about the Watchung 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 possession of synthetic marijuana, armed robbery, or aggravated assault, 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 Watchung Municipal Court case