Disorderly Persons Offenses
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 in Camden, Cherry Hill, Gloucester Township, Bellmawr, Washington Township, Atlantic City, or anywhere else in New Jersey, 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 South Jersey prosecutors build their cases and will put that knowledge to work for you when defending you against your petty crime charges.
New Jersey disorderly persons offenses are governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:1-4. One common charge is disorderly conduct. The NJ 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 NJ 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 County, Gloucester County, Atlantic County, 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 NJ criminal cases in Superior Court moved to Municipal Court, where they are more easily fought.
The most common disorderly persons offenses in South Jersey include:
While disorderly persons offenses are non-indictable charges, the consequences associated with a conviction can be harsh.
Disorderly persons offenses are punishable by:
Additionally, if you are convicted of having committed a disorderly persons offense in NJ, 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.
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.
As an assistant prosecutor Ms. Cohen litigated complex motions for the State, was an acting Camden City Municipal Prosecutor, and indicted over 800 cases before the Camden County Grand Jury. Ms. Cohen handled hundreds of indictable/felony and juvenile cases and tried numerous jury trials, in areas such as drug possession and distribution, school zone violations, domestic violence, aggravated assault, fraud, burglary, robbery, child sexual assault, child physical abuse, homicides, attempted murder and other crimes of magnitude.
With over 30 years in the criminal justice system, Ms. Cohen has developed a great working relationship with members of the local justice system. Ms. Cohen uses her vast experience to get her clients the best possible results.
Ms. Cohen leaves no stones unturned when she builds aggressive defense strategies designed to obtain the best possible outcome for her clients.
The New Jersey Supreme Court’s Attorney Certification Program is designed to help the public make sound and informed choices when deciding to hire an attorney. While there are over 60,000 practicing attorneys in the state of New Jersey, fewer than 250 New Jersey lawyers have been recognized by the NJ Supreme Court as Certified Criminal Trial Attorneys. Camden County criminal lawyer Jill Cohen has been recognized as an NJ Supreme Court Certified Criminal Trial Attorney every year since 2008. To become a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, Ms. Cohen received recommendations from her peers and judges throughout South Jersey.
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.