Criminal Defense Attorney in Gloucester City, NJ
Have you been summoned to appear at Gloucester City Municipal Court? If so, hiring an attorney who is experienced with the New Jersey municipal courts system will greatly increase your chances of a favorable outcome. Joseph D. Lento, a New Jersey criminal defense attorney, has helped many defendants facing charges in Gloucester City, NJ, and surrounding areas. The Lento Law Firm is here to help you, whether you're challenging a simple traffic violation, answering a DWI offense, or facing other misdemeanor-level charges or disorderly persons offenses.
About Gloucester City, New Jersey
Situated along the Delaware River just across from south Philadelphia via the Walt Whitman Bridge, Gloucester City had its origins as a fort and a trading post for beaver pelts in the early 1600s. Today, it's part of Philadelphia's busy suburban sprawl, home to approximately 11,500 people. Gloucester City also has the distinction of being one of several cities claiming to be the “birthplace of rock & roll,” as 50s group Bill Haley & His Comets developed their signature sound while performing at the Twin Bar.
Gloucester City Municipal Court
Gloucester City Municipal Court is held at the Court House on Monmouth Street in downtown Gloucester City, primarily dealing with traffic tickets, local ordinance violations, DWI cases, and other minor criminal offenses. The judge on call may also issue emergency temporary restraining orders if needed while Camden Superior Court is not in session.
Gloucester City Municipal Court Location/Contact Info
Gloucester City Municipal Court House
313 Monmouth Street
Gloucester City, NJ 08030
Municipal Court Judge: Charles Shimberg
Court Administrator: Samantha Ege
Office Hours: Monday-Wednesday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Thu. 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Why You Need an Attorney for Municipal Court
Many people assume they should just show up at municipal court without legal representation since these courts mainly deal with minor offenses. However, even minor offenses can lead to fines, jail time, and a criminal record, especially if you don't have the right attorney helping you. A criminal defense attorney with municipal court experience can greatly improve your odds of prevailing at court. An experienced lawyer can:
- Provide arguments and evidence in support of dismissing the charges against you.
- Take circumstances into account to negotiate for reduced charges and/or penalties.
- Help you qualify for any diversionary programs for which you may be eligible, such as Conditional Discharge and Pretrial Intervention, which upon completion will drop the charges from your criminal record and keep you from serving jail time.
- Work to keep potentially indictable charges in municipal court to allow a defendant a better resolution
Common Issues We Defend Against at Gloucester City Municipal Court:
- Domestic violence
- Traffic tickets
- Petty theft
- Criminal mischief
- Disorderly conduct
- Minor drug offenses
- Certain indictable offenses, which may be either referred to superior court or reduced to misdemeanor-level offenses
Call a Gloucester City Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
Don't take chances even with minor criminal offenses by going it alone. Before appearing at Gloucester City Municipal Court, call the Lento Law Firm at 888-535-3686 to schedule a consultation. Let attorney Joseph D. Lento work to get you the best possible resolution.