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Don’t Make the Mistake of Taking a Municipal Court Appearance Too Lightly

Municipal Court Room Southern New Jersey - Malamut & Associates If you’ve ever been ticketed for speeding, chances are good that you just paid the fine and moved on with your life, swearing to yourself that you’d be more careful about the speed limit in the future. Writing a check easy, but few people realize that it is also an admission of guilt, and once you have done so you open yourself up to serious repercussions, including points on your driver’s license and increased insurance rates. The alternative to writing a check is defending yourself, but if you are considering doing this don’t make the mistake of taking a municipal court appearance too lightly. At Malamut & Associates Attorneys at Law, we have the experience and legal knowledge that you need to give you the best chance of reducing traffic ticket fines, the subsequent impact on your insurance rates, the suspension of your license, and even jail time.

The municipal court system in the state of New Jersey is where a number of charges and violations are heard. These include everything from speeding tickets to charges of driving under the influence. The municipal court is also the site of hearings on minor drug offenses and other non-criminal activities. Because the court is viewed as addressing lower level violations, people sometimes make the mistake of believing that their proceedings are somehow less serious, and that they will either be able to provide their own legal arguments or that pleading guilty will not have any significant repercussions. This is a mistake. Being found guilty of a municipal court offense can have long lasting implications.

A conviction in New Jersey’s municipal courts – even for a speeding ticket – has the potential of a sentence of time in jail and significant fines. Driving violations can result in suspension of your license and driving privileges, while being found guilty of other offenses can prevent you from getting a job, getting certifications or licenses for certain professions, or passing a background check in the future. And if you are not a U.S. citizen, being convicted of a municipal court offense can have an immediate impact on your status and your ability to stay in the United States.

In light of all of these factors, it is essential that if you are facing a municipal court violation you provide yourself with experienced and knowledgeable legal representation. At Liebling and Malamut Attorneys at Law, our firm has extensive resources and familiarity with the state’s municipal courts, as well as the professionals who work within the system. You can rely upon us to provide you with the benefit of our experience to aggressively and effectively pursue a reduced charge against you, the charges being dropped, or an innocent verdict depending upon the circumstances. Do not take chances with your future. Call us today to set up a convenient appointment.