Petty Crimes

Petty Crimes Defense Attorney in Camden County

Experienced Camden County Criminal Defense Lawyer Fights Petty Crimes Charges for Clients Throughout South Jersey

People who think about the term “petty crimes” often take the name at face value. These are petty, insignificant actions that don’t really hurt anyone. Right? Wrong! The annoying, harassing behaviors categorized as disorderly persons offenses (misdemeanors) in New Jersey are more than just inconvenient for victims. They can, indeed, be harmful — physically, financially and more. As a result, NJ prosecutors will often come down hard on offenders charged with disorderly persons offenses.

If you are facing charges associated with a disorderly persons offense, you need the assistance of an aggressive lawyer who will defend you against your charges in municipal court. Jill R. Cohen is a former Camden County assistant prosecutor and former acting Camden City Municipal Prosecutor. As such, she knows how prosecutors build their cases and will put that knowledge to work for you when defending you against your charges.

Criminal Defense Lawyer Jill Cohen Defends Clients Charged with Disorderly Persons Offenses in Camden County NJ

New Jersey disorderly persons offenses are governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:1-4. One common charge is disorderly conduct. The New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice defines disorderly conduct as taking place when an individual engages in improper behavior with the purpose of causing public inconvenience, annoyance or harm. It’s not unusual for juveniles to engage in this type of behavior. Disorderly persons offenses are handled in the Municipal Court of the township in which the offense took place.

Jill Cohen has had significant success in getting disorderly persons charges downgraded or dismissed in their entirety in municipal courts throughout Camden and Gloucester counties and across South Jersey. To get a conviction, the prosecutor must prove that the defendant committed a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Ms. Cohen, a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Criminal Attorney, will put her considerable experience to work for you in an effort to prevent the State from proving your guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Ms. Cohen also works tirelessly to get cases in Superior Court moved to Municipal Court, where they are more easily fought.

The most common disorderly persons offenses include:

  • Simple assault
  • Resisting arrest
  • Shoplifting
  • Harassment
  • Creating a hazardous or physically dangerous condition
  • Using offensive language in a public place with intent of offending others
  • Writing bad checks
  • Loitering
  • Noise disturbances
  • Public urination
  • Lewdness
  • Public intoxication
  • Criminal mischief
  • Property damage totaling less than $500
  • Possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Obstruction of justice
  • Other disorderly conduct

Consequences of a Disorderly Persons Conviction in NJ include Real Jail Time

While these are non-indictable charges, the consequences associated with a conviction on a disorderly persons offense can be harsh.

Disorderly persons offenses are punishable by:

  • Maximum prison sentence of six months (petty disorderly offenses carry a potential jail sentence of up to 30 days)
  • Monetary fines up to $1,000 ($500 for a petty disorderly persons offense)
  • Restitution
  • Court costs and penalties
  • Community service
  • Probation and potential jail time of up to six months

Additionally, if you are convicted of having committed a disorderly persons offense, your driving privileges, immigration status, job and professional licenses may be at risk. If you are convicted of a disorderly persons offense, you will have a criminal record that can’t be expunged until three years have passed.

Contact a Skilled Camden County Criminal Attorney for Free about Your Disorderly Persons’ Charges

Hiring an experienced Camden County criminal lawyer to handle your matter is the first step in preparing the best possible defense for your case. For more than 30 years, Jill Cohen has aggressively defended criminal law matters in New Jersey, including disorderly persons offenses.

Contact the Law Offices of Jill R. Cohen in Haddonfield, NJ to speak with Ms. Cohen today. She will answer all of your questions, review your options and get to work on building your defense.

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Regardless of the incidents that led up to your arrest, every resident of New Jersey has the constitutional right to a fair trial. If you have been arrested or are being investigated, you need sound legal advice. Contact me today.

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