NJ Disorderly Persons Offenses
Most crimes charged in the State of NJ each year are Disorderly Persons Offenses like Simple Assault, Shoplifting, or Possession of Less Than 50 Grams of Marijuana. These charges carry a maximum sentence of 6 months in County Jail or a $1,000 fine. But, those convicted have a criminal record. There are diversionary programs like a "Conditional Discharge" under N.J.S.A. 2C:36A-1 which eligible 1st-time offenders can take advantage of to avoid a conviction and a criminal record. For special cases of immigrants, those with a Commercial Driver's License, or those in professions which more closely monitor background checks, even a conviction for a minor offense can be life altering. If charged with a Disorderly Persons (DP) Offense through receipt of a ticket and a summons/complaint in the mail, you want an attorney in your corner who can explain your exposure, the potential defenses, and will fight for you from the time you are charged up to and including Trial. Many DP cases can be resolved by way of a plea to a lesser offense or municipal violation. And police frequently make errors in the stop, identification, evidence gathering, and proof of probable cause -- giving a Criminal Defense Attorney opportunities to challenge the evidence and get the charges thrown out. If you have any questions at all about your Disorderly Persons charge, give us a call at (201) 529-8024.