Criminal Defense Attorney in Lawnside, NJ
Are you being summoned to Lawnside Municipal Court for a criminal charge, disorderly persons offense, DWI, or moving violation? If so, hiring a criminal defense attorney with experience in New Jersey municipal courts will increase your chances for a positive outcome. Attorney Joseph D. Lento has successfully represented many defendants in New Jersey municipal courts, including Lawnside, NJ.
About Lawnside, New Jersey
Located in central Camden County, NJ, the borough of Lawnside has a distinguished history in the struggle for black freedom—having first been founded by abolitionists as a haven for freed and escaped slaves in 1840, then eventually incorporated in 1926 as the first self-governing black municipality north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Today, Lawnside is home to more than 2900 people.
Lawnside Municipal Court
Lawnside Municipal Court is held at the Municipal Building in the heart of town. The court is responsible for handling traffic violations, local ordinance issues, and criminal offenses within the borough. Indictable offenses may have initial hearings at municipal court but are usually transferred to Camden County Superior Court. The judge on call may also issue emergency temporary restraining orders if the Camden Superior Court is not open.
Lawnside Municipal Court Location/Contact Info
Borough of Lawnside Municipal Building
4 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Road
Lawnside, NJ 08045
Court Administrator: Lisa Roberts
Office Hours: M-F 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Why You Need an Attorney for Municipal Court
Some people mistakenly assume that they don't need an attorney to represent them at municipal court since the offense is typically minor. However, even minor offenses can result in fines, jail time, and a criminal record if you don't have the right lawyer to help you. An experienced criminal defense attorney who has municipal court experience will greatly increase your chances of prevailing at court. A skilled lawyer can:
- Offer arguments and evidence to exonerate you from the charges.
- Negotiating for reduced charges or penalties where applicable.
- Assist you with acceptance into any diversionary programs for which you may qualify (e.g., Conditional Discharge or Pretrial Intervention), which may clear your criminal record and prevent jail time.
- Work to keep potentially indictable offenses at the municipal court level to allow a defendant a better resolution
Examples of issues we can help with at Lawnside Municipal Court:
- Domestic violence
- Traffic citations
- Petty theft
- Minor drug offenses
- Criminal mischief
- Disorderly behavior
- Some indictable offenses, such as firearm charges, aggravated assault, etc.
Call a Lawnside Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
Let attorney Joseph D. Lento work to get you the best possible resolution at the Lawnside Municipal Court. Call the Lento Law Firm at 888-535-3686 for an appointment today.