Camden County Municipal Court Attorney
Handling Criminal Cases in Municipal Court
Too often, people fail to take their charges in municipal court seriously. It’s important to know that these charges are very serious and carry severe penalties. They can result in criminal convictions that will affect you for years if not your entire life. For young offenders, a criminal conviction in municipal court can limit your ability to borrow money for college, affect your credit, and even stifle your career by preventing you from obtaining certain jobs.
Lawyers may be sending letters to obtain you as a client, but they do not always have your best interests at heart. You can count on The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen to defend you against your municipal court charges in Camden County because we have over 30 years of experience and have practiced in municipal courts in Camden County and throughout New Jersey.
Discuss your charges with us today by calling (856) 351-5115 and scheduling a free consultation.
Put Our Former Prosecution Experience to Work for You
If you are facing charges in municipal court, it is important to work with an attorney who has a close relationship with prosecutors in the area. As a former prosecutor herself, Attorney Jill Cohen has strong, working relationships with the prosecutors and judges throughout Camden County. Further, we are intimately familiar with New Jersey criminal codes and local township code violations. We can often get clients’ criminal offenses reduced to minor local code violations, which can thereafter be expunged. We also often get criminal charges dismissed altogether.
When it comes to defending traffic offenses in NJ municipal courts, we know the tricks of the trade. We can anticipate and advise you as to what you can expect when you are charged by police for motor vehicle offenses. It takes an attorney who knows the system in and out to get you favorable results. Attorney Jill Cohen has been representing all types of people in municipal courts since starting her criminal practice in 2006.
Changing Laws Affecting Marijuana Possession Charges
At The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen, we review statutes and case law every day to keep abreast of changes that will benefit you. Recently, the New Jersey legislature decided that marijuana possession charges in municipal court will no longer be heard. Although these charges will not yet be dismissed outright, our Camden County municipal court attorney may be able to get the charges reduced to a city or town ordinance, or just wait until the law changes. Additionally, now that marijuana may be legalized in New Jersey, we may be able to successfully litigate a motion to get anything found in a motor vehicle suppressed if the only probable cause to search the vehicle was the smell of marijuana.
DUI Cases in Municipal Court
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) is a large part of our criminal defense practice. Many attorneys charge excessive fees and advertise themselves as having superior knowledge of DUIs. In fact, any good lawyer must know how to beat a DUI, as it is a large part of our practice. We can help anyone who has been charged with DUI.
As you may know, you can be charged with driving under the influence of drugs even if you are prescribed the drug. Defending these cases often requires the advice of a renowned toxicologist who can challenge the police’s opinions that you were driving adversely due to the effect of the drugs. At The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen, we work closely with toxicologists who can provide an opinion supporting your case. Further, we can often get these types of DUI charges dismissed if the township police did not prepare their case appropriately. Finding mistakes in each case helps us achieve positive results.
Post-Conviction Relief for DUI Charges in New Jersey
Attorney Jill Cohen recently filed and won a motion for post-conviction relief arising out of a guilty plea for driving while under the influence of Xanax. The prior attorney advised our client to plead guilty to a DUI because the client admitted that he was prescribed Xanax and had taken a small amount before getting behind the wheel. He was in an accident, and the police and his prior attorney believed that he couldn’t beat the DUI charge. However, our toxicology expert reviewed the state’s records and gave an opinion that the Xanax in our client’s system had nothing to do with the accident and played no part in his ability to safely drive. Therefore, the matter was dismissed as part of post-conviction relief.
The Effect of Marijuana Legalization on DUI Charges
Even if marijuana becomes legal in New Jersey, that will not stop the police from issuing tickets for driving while under the influence of marijuana. If the police see or smell marijuana in your car, they might assume that your driving is affected by the marijuana — even if that is not true. The reality is that it is very difficult for the state to prove marijuana adversely affected your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. The police need to have drawn blood or taken a urine sample just to begin the analysis. At The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen, we have a wealth of experience in helping clients fight DUI charges in New Jersey and getting these cases dismissed.
You should also remember that New Jersey law does not require you to consent to giving a blood or urine sample. If the police ask, you can refuse. Under the law today, nothing can be held against you for your failure to agree to give the police samples. Keep in mind that you must still comply with a breath test or suffer the consequences. Those refusal cases are very difficult to beat. However, there is no legal basis to extract blood or urine — and without those samples, it can be impossible to prove a charge of driving under the influence of drugs. If you do give a blood or urine sample, we still advise you to have one of our toxicologists or drug experts give an opinion that might help your case.
Schedule a Free Consultation
Whether you have you been charged with a disorderly persons offense, a traffic offense, or DUI, you can count on our Camden County municipal court lawyer to represent you effectively and aggressively. We would be happy to review your case and determine the next step you should take to achieve a positive outcome.
Call (856) 351-5115 now to get started.
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