Seaside Heights Criminal Attorneys
Although the Ocean County Borough of Seaside Heights
only had 2,887 year round residents as of the last consensus, that clearly is a small fraction of population during summer vacation season of this popular Jersey Shore community. Whether its the amusements, the beach or the town’s bars that are the attraction, somewhere between 30,000-65,000 end up in the municipality when it gets warm, including young adults during the prom, graduation and college vacation season. The Seaside Heights Police Department
also balloons with special seasonal officers during this time to deal with the many disorderly conduct
, resisting arrest
, underage drinking, marijuana possession
and other offenses filed in the town. If you were arrested in Seaside Heights for any variety of criminal offenses, it is certainly in your best interests to obtain the guidance of an experienced defense lawyer as soon as possible. The Seaside Heights Criminal Attorneys at Marshall Bonus Proetta & Oliver
make up the largest criminal team in the area with former prosecutors in 15-20 Ocean County municipalities on our staff. Our lawyers have extensive experience defending disorderly persons offenses and traffic violations in Seaside Municipal Court, as well as first, second, third and fourth degree crimes at the Ocean County Superior Court located in Toms River. For a free consultation with a skilled attorney, contact our Toms River Office
at (732) 286-6500 anytime of day or night.SEASIDE HEIGHTS MUNICIPAL COURT INFORMATION
An insane amount of charges are filed in Seaside Heights annually with over 3,000 indictable crimes, disorderly persons offenses and municipal ordinance violations processed in the municipality over the twelve months ending June 2016. Approximately 350 of the complaints were for indictable offenses like burglary, aggravated assault and possession of hard drugs like heroin and cocaine, all of which were referred to the Ocean County Superior Court. The rest of the offenses were handled in the Seaside Heights Municipal Court. The municipal is so busy that it employees two judges, Honorable James Liguori, the Chief Judge, and Honorable Daniel Sahin. The municipal court is located at 116 Sherman Avenue, Seaside Heights, New Jersey 08751
, and can be reached at 732-830-6458. Inquiries can be directed to Jane Carrozza, Municipal Court Administrator, or as directed to another member of her staff. The Municipal Prosecutor is Kim Pascarella, Esq. The Seaside Heights NJ Municipal Court conducts sessions, including initial appearances and trials, every Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. For additional details, you may refer to the Seaside Heights Municipal Court official website
Municipal Ordinance Violation in Seaside Heights
The Borough Council of Seaside Heights has adopted a set of ordinances that apply to conduct within the borough. The following are the more widely issued violations issued by the police in Seaside Heights.
- 17-10. Purchasing, acceptance or consumption of alcohol by a minor. This is the mirror ordinance to the New Jersey drinking under age law. It also prohibits entry into premises limited to those of legal age to consume alcohol.
- 17-12. Misrepresentation by a minor in order to purchase alcohol. Here the Council is targeting those who use a fake, false and fraudulent driver’s license to obtain alcohol or gain admittance to an establishment where it is served.
- 17-16. Consumption of alcoholic beverages in public or in a motor vehicle. This is the Seaside Heights drinking in public ordinance.
- 154-2. Urinating and defecating in public; public nudity.
- 154-6. Disturbances. This is directed at any conduct that “creates any disturbance by violence.” This is the catchall ordinance utilized by Seaside Heights police officers whenever they allege someone acted unruly, misbehaved, were intoxicated in public or otherwise engaged in conduct that caused a disturbance (e.g. disorderly).
The penalties for most ordinance violations carry a maximum fine of $1,250, up to 90 days in the county jail, and a period of community service.Seaside Heights NJ Criminal Lawyer
There certainly are a lot more forces that can lead to trouble in Seaside Heights than most municipalities in the region. With so many clubs and bars where alcohol flows briskly, as well as individuals who come to the borough to engage in both good and bad, the opportunity for conflict or disorder is higher than in most places. To compound things further, the police are aware of these circumstances and can be hypersensitive when it comes to events that trigger a charge or arrest. The Seaside Heights Criminal Lawyers at our firm are sensitive to these circumstances and utilize their 100 years of combined experience to insure that one bad night does not become life altering. If you have been charged with a criminal offense or issued a serious motor vehicle summons/ticket in Seaside Heights, you need to give us a call. Our history is such that you stand an overwhelming probability of avoiding a record and other penalties when we defend you. Our lawyers are available now at (732) 286-6500 for an immediate consultation.Additional Seaside Heights Resources