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Edison Criminal Defense Attorney
A Former Edison Prosecutor From Our Firm Is Ready to Defend You
If you are interested in representation by a Edison Criminal Defense Attorney who is highly knowledgeable in municipal court and other charges, you are in the right place. The lawyers at our firm, The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, have over 100 years of combined experience defending Township of Edison criminal and traffic offenses, including marijuana possession, shoplifting, burglary, cocaine and heroin cases. Our team includes several former prosecutors with Jason Seidman, Esq., having recently departed from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. Whether you were charged with DWI in Edison or a crime of the first, second, third or fourth degree, our lawyers possess the know-how to provide a thorough and effective defense to your offense. To speak to a lawyer on our staff immediately about your charge, call our Woodbridge Office at 732-634-0700 for a free initial consultation.
|Frequently Asked Questions By Clients Facing Charges in Edison New Jersey|
|Where will my Edison traffic offense or criminal charge be heard? The Edison Municipal Court has limited jurisdiction to handle ordinance violations, traffic tickets and misdemeanor criminal charges that are called disorderly persons offenses under New Jersey Law. If you are facing an offense falling in one of these categories, it will be heard in the Municipal Court of Edison. Conversely, an offense that is indictable, meaning that it is a crime of the first degree, second degree, third degree or fourth degree, falls under the authority of the Middlesex County Superior Court in New Brunswick. Your case will be transferred to the county courthouse if it is of this nature. You should also know that restraining order hearings can only be heard at the Superior Court except that they are dealt with in the Family Division.|
|Should I plead guilty or not guilty to the Edison charge I am facing? You may plead guilty, not guilty or guilty with an explanation. It is always recommended that you speak to a lawyer about the penalties that you are facing and options in terms of defending the charge.|
|Who will decide whether I am innocent or guilty of the Edison offense that was charged? All municipal court cases, including DWI, are decided by a single person, the Edison Municipal Court judge presiding over your case. Charges that are indictable carry with them the right to a trial by jury. If your Edison criminal offense involves burglary, aggravated assault or another indictable crime, you will have this right.|
|Do I need an attorney when I appear in Edison Municipal Court? You have the right to be represented by an attorney of your choosing but I not required to hire a lawyer. If you are indigent and do not have the money to retain a defense attorney, the court will appoint you a public defender. There are strict income guidelines for qualifying for a public defender, for example, single person with no dependents must make $15,075 or less to qualify. You are encouraged to contact one of our lawyers for a free consultation about what can be accomplished on your behalf.|
|What penalties do I face if I am convicted of criminal or motor vehicle charges in Edison? The penalties for a criminal offense hinge on the degree of the charge. A disorderly persons offense typically carries a fine of up to $1,000 and up to 6 months in the Middlesex County Jail. Indictable violations carry the following standard penalties: up to a $10,000 fine and 18 months in prison for a fourth degree crime; up to a $15,000 fine and 5 years in prison for a third degree crime; up to a $150,000 fine and 5-10 years in prison for a second degree crime; and up to a $250,000 fine and 10-20 years in prison for a first degree crime.|
|How will my criminal charge be handled if its a crime of the first, second, third or fourth degree? A crime of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th degree is always indictable so it must be dealt with at the Superior Court in New Brunswick. You will not typically be required to appear in Edison Municipal Court because charges of this nature fall outside local jurisdiction. An initial appearance at the county level is provided, in most cases, at the time of processing or in the nail shortly thereafter. All proceedings that are thereafter conducted shall be at the county courthouse.|
|Will I have a criminal record if I am convicted of an offense in Edison? You will absolutely have a criminal record if you are convicted of an Edison disorderly persons offense or first-fourth degree crime. Any entity that conducts a background check following conviction will see that you have this violation on your record and may make his/her decision regarding employment, issuance of a professional license or any other determination with this information effecting their determination.|
Edison NJ Municipal Court Information
Edison ranks 1st in Middlesex County in population so it is not surprising that its municipal court decides so many charges each year. During the one year period ending June 2016, the Edison Municipal Court processed 11,516 tickets for moving traffic violations and 2,876 complaints for a disorderly persons offense like simple assault or harassment. Resolution of all of these matters was the responsibility of the Edison Township Municipal Court located at 100 Municipal Boulevard, Edison, NJ 08817. The violations bureau is open weekdays between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is available by telephone at 732-248-7328. The Court Administrator, Kelly Sommer, oversees these operations on a daily basis. Responsibility for all decision making in the courtroom rests with the three municipal court judges that sit in Edison Municipal Court, namely, Honorable Gary Price (Chief), Honorable Mary H. Casey, and Honorable Parag P. Patel. Court sessions are held at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. For further details, you may consult the official website of Edison Municipical Court Website.
Arrested for a First, Second, Third or Fourth Degree Crime in Edison Township
Although Edison Township would not be described as a high crime community, over one thousand individuals are arrested for indictable charges of the first, second, third and fourth degree almost every year. These offenses include not only the extreme like robbery and sexual assault but also fourth degree aggravated assault and third degree shoplifting in Edison. The municipal court in Edison lacks jurisdiction to preside over cases falling within this grading since you have a right to presentation of the charge to a grand jury which can only be empaneled at the Middlesex County Superior Court. The result is that all proceedings in an indictable crime case, with the possible exception of an initial arraignment, must occur at the county courthouse in New Brunswick NJ. These types of offenses typically carry the possibility of many years in prison and thousands of dollars in financial consequences and fines if you are convicted. Representation by a highly experienced criminal lawyer is always advised.
Edison Township Criminal Lawyers
There certainly a wide range of offenses that you could potentially be facing. What you should nevertheless know is that the consequences of a conviction can be life altering whether your charge is for distribution of drugs or something like driving while suspended or driving without insurance. Indeed, you may be incarcerated for any of these violations under New Jersey Law. Hiring an attorney with experience in defending your violation and in handling cases in the court system. The Edison Township Criminal Lawyers at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have both of these qualities. We have defended just about every type of charge you can imagine and are a fixture in both Edison Municipal Court and the county court. Our attorneys routinely secure dismissals and downgrades of offenses and are ready to secure a similar outcome for you. Give us a call anytime 24/7 at 732-634-0700 to speak to a lawyer immediately.
Directions to Edison Municipal Court
From Interstate 287. Take Exit 2B and merge onto New Jersey Route 27. In about .9 miles, turn right onto Municipal Boulevard. You will merge onto a traffic circle and must take the first exit to continue on Municipal Boulevard. The municipal court will be to your right.
From NJ Turnpike/Interstate 95. Take Exit 9 and merge onto New Jersey 18 North toward New Brunswick. Follow signs and ramp for U.S. 1 North. Turn right on Loring Avenue and then quickly left onto Irving Street. At the end of this roadway, turn left on Plainfield Avenue. Turn right on Lincoln Highway/New Jersey Route 27. Turn right on Municipal Boulevard in one mile.
From the Garden State Parkway. Take Exit 130 and merge onto U.S. 1 South. Follow signs for Interstate 287 North and take exit for toward Morristown/Mahwah. Take Exit 2B from Interstate 287 toward New Brunswick. The roadway will merge onto New Jersey Route 27. In approximately .9 miles, turn right onto Municipal Boulevard.
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