Criminal Defense Attorney, Burlington County, NJ

Being arrested or charged with a crime in Burlington County, NJ, is no laughing matter—not even for a minor offense. An arrest in itself can be highly disruptive to your life and that of your family, as can the weeks or months while you're awaiting trial. If the charges result in a conviction…even more so.

If you're facing criminal charges in New Jersey, you will likely face a slew of emotions and questions. What happens if you are convicted? What does arrest or conviction mean for your job? Your family? Your future?

As an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney with an excellent record of success, Joseph D. Lento understands better than most how the Burlington County courts work and how to ensure your rights are protected through the process. To help you be better prepared in the event of criminal charges, the Lento Law Firm has compiled the following helpful information on the New Jersey criminal justice system, courts in Burlington County, and what to expect if you become a defendant.

Ramifications of Criminal Charges in Burlington County, NJ

The impact of criminal charges on you and your family begins the moment you are arrested or receive a summons, and it continues until your trial (and beyond, if you're convicted). New Jersey criminal reform rules have eliminated bail requirements for nearly all criminal cases in recent years, but that doesn't mean life returns to normal for you after an arrest. Your release from jail to await trial is considered “conditional,” and the courts may impose certain restrictions on you depending on the level of “risk” to ensure you show up for your trial. Some of these conditions may profoundly affect your life and routine. Examples may include:

  • Requiring you to check-in with law enforcement regularly.
  • Giving you a curfew.
  • Requiring to you remain employed until your trial (or to be actively seeking employment if you were unemployed).
  • Restricting your ability to travel.
  • Placing you in the custody of a designated individual who is responsible for your movements.
  • Forbidding or restricting your use of alcohol during the pre-trial period.
  • Forbidding you to possess a firearm during the pre-trial period.
  • Issuing one or more restraining orders that prohibit you from making contact with certain loved ones.

If the courts deem you to be a flight risk, they may still impose bail in certain instances. In other cases, they may require you to remain in “pre-trial detention” (i.e., jail) until your trial.

The Consequences of Conviction

The list of possible restrictions only deals with the pre-trial period—the time between when you are charged with a crime and when your trial happens. If you are convicted of a crime in New Jersey, the impacts can be even further reaching. A conviction can result in any or all of the following:

  • Fines, probation, and/or jail time.
  • Financial difficulty—either by being held in jail or losing a job due to your arrest/conviction.
  • Fewer job prospects. Being convicted of a crime can restrict your ability to work in certain jobs. It can also affect your chances for advancement in your current job.
  • Restrictions or loss of custody. Being convicted of certain crimes may jeopardize your custody or visitation rights.

Misdemeanors and Felonies in New Jersey

New Jersey uses different terminologies than most other states to classify certain crimes, although the way those crimes are processed is similar. New Jersey doesn't use the terms misdemeanor or felony; instead, “misdemeanors” are disorderly persons offenses, and “felonies” are indictable offenses. Let's discuss these two terms more in detail.

Disorderly Persons Offenses in New Jersey

In New Jersey, disorderly persons offenses are the equivalent of misdemeanor crimes in other states. They are considered “minor” crimes and carry lessor sentences that may include probation, fines, and occasionally a bit of jail time. Common examples of disorderly persons offenses include:

  • Disorderly conduct
  • Bad check writing
  • Simple assault
  • Marijuana possession (less than 50 grams)
  • Harassment
  • Shoplifting

If you're accused of a disorderly persons offense in Burlington County, your case will be assigned to the Municipal Court within that jurisdiction, whether the alleged crime occurred in Florence, Westhampton, Delanco, etc. Most sentences for disorderly persons conviction involve penalties like probation, community service, and/or small fines, but be aware the sentence could be up to six months in jail and up to $1000 in fines. (Having a good defense attorney in your corner can go along way toward mitigating these penalties.)

Indictable Offenses in New Jersey

Felony-level crimes in New Jersey are called indictable offenses, in part because state law requires a grand jury indictment for crimes at this level. If you are charged with an indictable offense in Burlington County, your trial will take place in Mt. Holly, NJ at the Burlington County Superior Court.

New Jersey classifies indictable offenses according to degrees of seriousness (Fourth, Third, Second, and First Degree), with increasing maximum penalties for each. A Fourth-Degree indictable crime, for example, could result in a maximum of 18 months in prison and $10,000 in fines, while a First-Degree crime could result in life in prison and fines up to $200,000. Some examples of indictable offenses include:

  • Marijuana possession (more than 50 grams)
  • Burglary
  • Arson
  • Forgery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Sexual assault/rape
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Distribution of drugs
  • Armed robbery
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder (homicide)

Courts in Burlington County, New Jersey

New Jersey's court system is designed simply, which makes it fairly easy to determine which type of court will handle your case based on the type of charges. Let's discuss the courts in Burlington County, NJ, and the types of cases they handle.

Municipal Courts in Burlington County

In the New Jersey court system, Municipal Courts represent the lowest tier, dealing with minor concerns like traffic tickets and vehicle citations, as well as disorderly person offenses (misdemeanors). They also hold preliminary hearings for more serious indictable offenses to determine whether those cases should be bound over for trial. There are no jury trials in Municipal Courts; the presiding judge makes a ruling and pronounces sentence after hearing from both sides.

There are currently 39 Municipal Courts in Camden County, NJ, some of which operate from the same location and/or under shared services. See below for the location of the court nearest you:

Bass River Municipal Court

3 North Maple Avenue, PO Box 214, New Gretna, NJ 08224

Phone: 609-296-1410

Beverly City Municipal Court

446 Broad Street, Beverly, NJ 08010

Phone: 609-747-4073

Bordentown City Municipal Court

204 Washington Street, Fieldsboro, NJ 08505

Phone: 609-298-1616

Bordentown Township Municipal Court

1 Municipal Drive, Bordentown, NJ 08505

Phone: 609-298-2802

Burlington City Municipal Court

Township of Burlington Municipal Building

851 Old York Road, Burlington Township, NJ 08016

Phone: 609-239-5825

Burlington Township Municipal Court

851 Old York Road, Burlington, NJ 08016

Phone: 609-239-5825

Fax: 609-239-2191

Chesterfield Township Municipal Court

41 Schoolhouse Road, Jacobstown, NJ 08562

Phone: 609-758-2522

Cinnaminson Municipal Court

1621 Riverton Road, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077

Phone: 856-829-4027

Delanco Township Municipal Court

770 Coopertown Road, Delanco, NJ 08075

Phone: 856-461-0561

Delran Municipal Court

900 Chester Avenue, Delran, NJ 08075

Phone: 856-461-3888

Eastampton Township Municipal Court

710 Rancocas Road, Westampton, NJ 08060

Phone: 609-267-1895

Edgewater Park Municipal Court

400 Delanco Road, Edgewater Park, NJ 08010

Phone: 609-877-7645

Evesham Township Municipal Court

984 Tuckerton Road, Marlton, NJ 08053

Phone: 856-983-2929

Fieldsboro Municipal Court

204 Washington Street, Fieldsboro, NJ 08505

Phone: 609-298-1616

Florence Township Municipal Court

711 Broad Street, Florence, NJ 08518

Phone: 609-499-2222

Hainesport Township Municipal Court

710 Rancocas Road, Westampton, NJ 08060

Phone: 609-267-1895

Lumberton Township Municipal Court

35 Municipal Drive, Lumberton, NJ 08048

Phone: 609-267-3389

Mansfield Township Municipal Court

3135 Route 206 South, Suite 2, Columbus, NJ 08022

Phone: 609-298-0542 ext. 1023

Maple Shade Township Municipal Court

200 Stiles Avenue, Maple Shade, NJ 08052

Phone: 856-779-9610 ext. 167

Medford Lakes Municipal Court

1 Cabin Circle Drive, Medford Lakes, NJ 08055

Phone: 609-654-7589

Medford Township Municipal Court

91 Union Street, Medford, NJ 08055

Phone: 609-654-8813

Moorestown Township Municipal Court

1245 North Church Street, Suite 4, Moorestown, NJ 08057

Phone: 856-235-0922

Mount Holly Township Municipal Court

23 Washington Street, Mount Holly, NJ 08060

Phone: 609-845-1120

Mount Laurel Municipal Court

100 Mount Laurel Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Phone: 856-234-2003

North Hanover Municipal Court

41 Schoolhouse Road, Jacobstown, NJ 08562

Phone: 609-758-2522 ext. 213

Palmyra Municipal Court

20 West Broad Street, Palmyra, NJ 08065

Phone: 856-829-1763

Pemberton Borough Municipal Court

50 Egbert Street, Pemberton, NJ 08068

Phone: 609-894-9363

Pemberton Township Municipal Court

500 Pemberton-Browns Mills Road, Pemberton, NJ 08068

Phone: 609-894-3337

Riverside Township Municipal Court

1 West Scott Street, Riverside, NJ 08075

Phone: 856-461-8820 ext. 2

Riverton Municipal Court

Cinnaminson Township Municipal Building

1621 Riverton Road, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077

Phone: 856-829-4027

Shamong Township Municipal Court

1 Cabin Circle Drive, Medford Lakes, NJ 08055

Phone: 609-654-7589

Southampton Municipal Court

5 Retreat Road, Southampton, NJ 08088

Phone: 609-859-2747

Springfield Township Municipal Court

3135 Route 206 South, Suite 2, Columbus, NJ 08022

Phone: 609-298-0542 ext. 1023

Tabernacle Township Municipal Court

163 Carranza Road, Tabernacle, NJ 08088

Phone: 609-268-0363

Washington Township Municipal Court

3 North Maple Avenue, PO Box 214, New Gretna, NJ 08224

Phone: 609-296-1410

Westampton Township Municipal Court

Municipal Building

710 Rancocas Road, Westampton, NJ 08060

Phone: 609-267-1895

Willingboro Township Municipal Court

1 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Willingboro, NJ 08046

Phone: 609-877-2200

Woodland Township Municipal Court

3 North Maple Avenue, PO Box 214, New Gretna, NJ 08224

Phone: 609-296-1410

Wrightstown Municipal Court

41 Schoolhouse Road, Jacobstown, NJ 08562

Phone: 609-758-2522 ext. 213

Burlington County Superior Court

In the New Jersey court system, Superior Courts serve as the primary jury trial courts, holding trials for indictable offenses (felonies) as well as most civil suits. If you are charged with an indictable offense in Burlington County, your preliminary hearing will likely be held in your local Municipal Court. If the case is bound over for trial, your jury trial will take place at Burlington Superior Court in Mt. Holly:

Burlington County Superior Court

49 Rancocas Road, Mt. Holly, NJ 08060

Phone: 609-288-9500

Appeals Court/NJ Supreme Court

If you disagree with the verdict of your trial, whether in Municipal or Superior Court, your attorney may choose to file an appeal with the Appellate Division of Superior Court—and then, if applicable, to the New Jersey Supreme Court. These courts entertain no witness testimony, and their job is not to hear new evidence but to review the facts and outcomes of the case. If you appeal your case, you will not appear in these courts; your attorney will argue before the judges on your behalf.

When you're accused of any type of crime in Burlington County, NJ, your choice of a defense attorney matters. You need someone representing your interest who has specific experience in New Jersey courtrooms, preferably one with a track record of success. Joseph D. Lento has successfully defended many clients against criminal charges in New Jersey, and his years of experience with Burlington County courts make him an excellent choice to defend your case.

Even if your charges seem minor, a conviction could have deep ramifications for your future. Don't risk your future by hiring the wrong attorney. Call the Lento Law Firm at (888) 535-3686 for a consultation today.

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