Criminal Defense Attorney in Cape May Point, NJ
Are you being summoned to appear at Cape May Point Municipal Court for a disorderly persons charge, ordinance violation, or DWI case? A criminal defense attorney with municipal court experience can greatly increase your chances of getting a favorable outcome. Joseph D. Lento is a New Jersey criminal defense attorney with extensive experience representing defendants in Cape May Point and other NJ communities who are facing offenses in municipal court.
About Cape May Point, New Jersey
Located at the southwest tip of the Cape May peninsula in southern New Jersey, Cape May Point is a tiny coastal borough with a year-round population of 300 people (but whose population swells up more than 15 times that amount in the summer months. Cape May Point's key landmark, the Cape May Lighthouse, is ironically located just outside borough limits in Lower Township.
About Cape May Point Municipal Court
Under a shared services agreement, cases for Cape May Point are heard at nearby Cape May City Municipal Court. This court deals mostly with traffic tickets, ordinance violations, and disorderly persons offenses committed in Cape May Point. More serious indictable offenses may have their preliminary hearings here before moving to the Cape May Superior Court in Middle Township.
Court Location and Contact Information:
643 Washington Street
Cape May, NJ 08204
Email: [email protected]
Municipal Court Judge: Louis J. Belasco, Jr.
Court Administrator: Amanda I. Melendez
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
How an Experienced Attorney Can Help Your Municipal Court Case
Even if you are facing a relatively minor charge (as is often the case in municipal court), the consequences of being convicted of any crime in New Jersey can still be significant. A criminal record can make it difficult to get a job, housing, or a professional license. In addition, you may face high fines and even jail time. That is why it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side, even when dealing with minor offenses.
When you hire a defense attorney with specific experience in New Jersey's municipal courts, you can be confident that your attorney will be familiar with the procedures, prosecutors, and judges in your court. This local knowledge can give you an advantage when it comes to negotiating favorable terms. A good attorney can:
- Negotiate for lenient penalties that help you avoid jail
- Work to get charges downgraded, if applicable
- Fight to get charges dismissed
- Coordinate your application to diversionary programs like Pre-Trial Intervention, which can result in dismissed charges and protect you from a criminal record
The Lento Law Firm can help with any of these matters at Cape May Point Municipal Court:
- Traffic violations
- Simple assault
- Minor drug offenses
- Disorderly behavior
- Criminal mischief
- Petty theft
- Restraining orders
- Diversionary programs
- Indictable offenses
Don't jeopardize your future or get a criminal record by appearing at the Cape May Point Municipal Court without representation. Call the Lento Law Firm at 888-535-3686 for assistance with your case today.