Berkeley Municipal Court

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Although Berkeley Township was once comprised predominantly of those residing at Holiday City, the municipality has grown to the 6th most populated community in Ocean County. There is little doubt that its popularity stems from its shoreline along both the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay, including from the section of the town known as Bayville. Whether you reside in Berkeley or were just passing through along the Garden State Parkway, U.S. Route 9, Route 35 or another roadway, it stands to reason that you have been charged with a criminal or motor vehicle violation based on your landing on this page. Our firm, Marshall Bonus Proetta & Oliver, is highly experienced in defending cases arising in this venue, including fighting for those facing charges in Berkeley Township Municipal Court. One of our attorneys, Matthew Dorry, even served as the prosecutor in the municipal court prior to joining our firm. There is little room for debate that our criminal attorneys are skilled in defending cases in this jurisdiction and are available to assist you. Call our office at (732) 286-6500 to speak to a Berkeley NJ Criminal Lawyer. The consultations is complimentary so there is no reason to hesitate in contacting us.

Berkeley Municipal Court InformationOur attorneys regularly appear in Berkeley Municipal Court and are rarely unsuccessful in getting a matter downgraded or dismissed. Berkeley Municipal Court is located at 631 Pinewald-Keswick Road, Bayville NJ 08721. To contact the court regarding a payment or violation, you may call 732-240-6661 during regular business hours. The Court Administrator is Aileen Alonzo, CMCA. Initial appearances referred to as an arraignment, hearings, trials and other proceedings of Berkeley Municipal Court are conducted on the second, third or fourth Wednesday of the Month at 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The Judge is James J. Gluck and the Prosecutor is Joseph Grisanti. For additional information, you can refer to the official Berkeley Township Municipal Court website.

Berkeley Township NJ Criminal ChargeIf you were arrested for criminal charge in Berkeley Township NJ, the offense you are facing can fall into one of two categories. The following is a summary of both, examples of charges falling within each, and a discussion regarding jurisdiction to decide a violation falling within each category. It is always best to consult an attorney to gain a full understanding of an offense, especially when the consultation is free. In any case, this is a breakdown of the criminal cases that arise in Berkeley New Jersey.

Disorderly Persons Offense. The grade of criminal offense heard in Berkeley Municipal Court are referred to as disorderly persons offenses. Charges falling within this category are akin to a misdemeanor although they do result in a record that will be revealed in a background check. They also carry penalties that include up to six (6) months in prison in most cases. Common types of this violation are possession of drug paraphernalia, simple assault, obstructing the administration of law, disorderly conduct and harassment. Our attorneys, including Mr Moschella, have a track record of avoiding a conviction to these charges through downgrades, dismissals and diversion programs like conditional discharge and conditional dismissal. Results like these are norm rather than the exception so it is clearly in your best in your best interests to contact our Berkeley Township Municipal Court Defense Attorneys.

Indictable Crime of the First, Second, Third or Fourth Degree. When someone is charged in Berkeley with an offense that is a felony, this is called an indictable charge. A complaint of this nature may fall within one of four grades, namely, a first degree crime, second degree crime, third degree crime or fourth degree crime. All of these violations result in potential penalties involving years in state prison and thousands of dollars in fines. The Berkeley Township Municipal Court lacks jurisdiction to decide cases of this variety as they must be adjudicated at the Ocean County Superior Court in Toms River NJ. While the list of indictable crimes in New Jersey is virtually endless, examples include burglary, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, and all charges involving drugs like heroin, cocaine or basically any CDS other than marijuana.

Traffic Offense in Berkeley New JerseyWith a significant stretch of the Garden State Parkway running through Berkeley, as well as other major roadways, there is a significant amount of motor vehicle summonses heard in the municipal court. Approximately 3,723 tickets for moving violations were filed in the town over the most recent 10 month period reported which ended April 2015. The traffic violations included not only speeding but more serious offenses like driving while suspended, leaving the scene of an accident, operating without insurance and possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. The traffic attorneys at our firm, including Mr. Moschella, have historically been victorious in motor vehicle cases like these in avoiding points, license revocations and fines.

Berkeley NJ Criminal LawyersIf you have been charged with an offense in Berkeley Township you should contact an Ocean County law firm immediately. A conviction of a disorderly persons offense can expose you to excessive fines and court fees, probation, community service, and even up to 6 months in jail. However, our clients rarely have to face such penalties because the majority of our cases end in a dismissal or downgrade. This is a direct result of our team of veteran defense attorneys and former prosecutors who hold almost 100 years of combined experience. In fact, attorney Matthew Dorry from our office was a prosecutor in a number of municipalities throughout Ocean County. If you would like to speak with Tom or another attorney from our office then contact us at (732) 286-6500 to set up a free initial consultation.

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