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Misdemeanors / Municipal Matters

Disorderly Persons Offenses - Indictable Crimes

Attorney for Disorderly Persons & Indictable Crime Offenses

New Jersey law, unlike other States, breaks down criminal offenses into "Indictable Crimes" and "Disorderly Persons Offenses." Most other States refer to such criminal offenses as "Felonies" and "Misdemeanors". In New Jersey there are two types of Disorderly Persons Offenses. The first level of Disorderly Persons Offense is merely called a "Disorderly Persons Offense" or a "DP". The second level of Disorderly Persons Offense is Called a "Petty Disorderly Persons Offense" or a "Petty DP".

A Disorderly Persons Offense is punishable by up to 6 months imprisonment. A Petty Disorderly Persons Offense is punishable by up to 30 days imprisonment. Regardless of what you choose to call such offenses, a disorderly person's offenses are serious maters.

Call our firm today to schedule your free consultation with our Bergen County attorney.

Some of the criminal and quasi criminal charges that are handled in municipal court include:

If you are facing criminal charges in municipal court and need to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer, contact Law Offices of Joseph R. Donahue, LLC. Our law office is located in Ridgewood, New Jersey. To contact our law office, call (201) 574-7919.

Protect Your Rights

Some people make the mistake of thinking that a misdemeanor conviction is not significant. Maybe your friends or family have told you that it is not worth the cost of hiring an attorney. Maybe you have been told to simply plead guilty and just get it over with.

Before making any final decisions that may adversely affect your rights and record, we strongly suggest that you contact an attorney. A DWI or serious traffic violation can result in increased insurance rates. A conviction for drug possession or theft may limit your future employment opportunities. A conviction implying an act of intimidation or violence may be used against you in a divorce or custody battle.

There are a tremendous number of unknown collateral consequences that may result from what seems like a very minor incident. Consulting with an attorney is the first step to making an informed decision in your case.

Schedule a Free Consultation

To schedule a free consultation with a criminal defense attorney at Law Offices of Joseph R. Donahue, LLC, call (201) 574-7919. If you have a question about a case in Municipal Court, feel free to contact us by e-mail as well.

While our law firm is based in Bergen County, we work with clients accused of criminal charges in Northern and Central New Jersey, including the Federal courts in Newark and Trenton and the State and Municipal courts of Bergen County, Essex County, Passaic County, Hudson County, Union County, Morris County, Middlesex County, Hackensack, Paterson, Passaic, Jersey City, Newark, Elizabeth, Morristown, Union City, Allendale, Alpine, Bergenfield, Bogota, Carlstadt, Cliffside Park, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Dumont, East Rutherford, Edgewater, Elmwood Park, Emerson, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fair Lawn, Fairview, Fort Lee, Franklin Lakes, Garfield, Glen Rock, Hackensack, Harrington Park, Hasbrouck Heights, Haworth, Hillsdale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Leonia, Little Ferry, Lodi, Lyndhurst, Mahwah, Maywood, Midland Park, Montvale, Moonachie, New Milford, North Arlington, Northvale, Norwood, Oakland, Old Tappan, Oradell, Palisades Park, Paramus, Park Ridge, Ramsey, Ridgefield, Ridgefield Park, Ridgewood, River Edge, River Vale, Rochelle Park, Rockleigh, Rutherford, Saddle Brook, Saddle River, South Hackensack, Teaneck, Tenafly, Teterboro, Upper Saddle River, Waldwick, Wallington, Washington Township, Westwood, Woodcliff Lake, Wood-Ridge, and Wyckoff.

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Reviews & Testimonials

At Law Offices of Joseph R. Donahue, LLC, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.

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    ""the superior court judge issued a written order reversing the municipal court's guilty decision""

    Our son was arrested and charged with DUI in early December of 2015. We got a lawyer who helped us gather evidence (arrest ...

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    "restored my faith in lawyers"

    Mr. Donahue defended me in DWI,it would have been my 3rd.I would have lost DL for ten years and 180 days in jail. I would ...

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Our Trial-Tested Approach

We always strive to put our clients in the best position possible, so our immediate goal is to obtain a case dismissal or acquittal. If this cannot be done, we seek to minimize the consequences by all legal means possible, perhaps by pursuing a plea agreement, which could include alternate sentencing that improves the impact on our client’s record. Our Bergen County criminal defense attorney is a resolute advocate who never hesitates to take a case to trial if it is in the best interests of our client. No matter how complex your charges may be, we have the proven expertise and passion to help you achieve a positive outcome. Discover how we can help you today.