New Jersey Disorderly Persons Defense Attorney
Experienced Camden County Criminal Defense Lawyer Fights Disorderly Persons Offenses Charges for Clients Throughout New 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 criminal 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.
Criminal Defense Lawyer Jill Cohen Defends Clients Against Municipal Court Charges in Camden County, Burlington County & Atlantic County, NJ
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:
- Simple assault
- Resisting arrest
- Creating a hazardous or physically dangerous condition
- Using offensive language in a public place with intent of offending others
- Writing bad checks
- Noise disturbances
- Public urination
- 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
Severe Consequences of a Disorderly Persons Conviction in New Jersey Include Real Jail Time
While disorderly persons offenses are non-indictable charges, the consequences associated with a conviction 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)
- 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 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.
Contact a Skilled Criminal Defense Lawyer for a Free Consultation About Your NJ 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.