Criminal Defense Attorney in Egg Harbor City, NJ
You have been summoned to appear in Egg Harbor City Municipal Court for a DWI, moving violation, or disorderly persons charge, etc. Even though the offenses are minor, there could be serious and lasting consequences. What can you do toto do improve your chances for a better outcome? Joseph D. Lento is a New Jersey criminal defense attorney who has successfully represented many clients in New Jersey's municipal courts, including Egg Harbor City, NJ.
About Egg Harbor City, New Jersey
Located in north-central Atlantic County along the Mullica River, Egg Harbor City is home to approximately 4050 people. It derives its name from an early Dutch explorer who discovered this area in the early 1600s and noticed the abundance of gull eggs lying across the meadows. (Ironically, given the size of Egg Harbor Township surrounding it, Egg Harbor City is actually about 30 minutes removed from Great Egg Harbor itself.)
Egg Harbor City Municipal Court
Under a shared services agreement, Egg Harbor City Municipal Court sessions are now held at Hammonton Joint Municipal Court in nearby Hammonton, NJ. The court administers all traffic tickets and local ordinance violations for the city, as well as minor criminal offenses. Initial hearings for indictable offenses may also be held at municipal court before being transferred to Atlantic County Superior Court in Mays Landing. If emergency temporary restraining orders are needed after hours or on weekends/holidays when Superior Court offices are closed, the municipal judge can issue those restraining orders as needed.
Court Location and Contact Information:
Hammonton Municipal Court
100 Central Ave.
Hammonton, NJ 08037
Phone: 609-567-4300 ext. 3
Email: [email protected]
Municipal Court Judge: Frank J. Raso
Court Administrator: Crystal Czerwinski
Hours of Operation: Monday through – Friday 9:00 a.m. – -4:30 p.m.
Why You Need an Attorney for Egg Harbor City Municipal Court
Because the offenses handled in municipal court are usually minor, many people believe that they do not need an attorney to defend them when they appear in court. However, even minor offenses can lead to jail time, fines, and criminal records in New Jersey--and these outcomes are even more likely without adequate legal representation. A skilled lawyer can increase your chances of obtaining a more favorable outcome. A good attorney can:
- Build a defense case with supporting evidence to prove that you are innocent and have the charges dropped
- Negotiate for downgraded charges (e.g., from indictable offense to disorderly persons offense)
- Negotiate for reduced fees and penalties if applicable
- Assist you in applying for a diversionary program like Pre-Trial Intervention and Conditional Discharge, which could clear your criminal record and possibly save you from jail.
We can assist with the following issues at Egg Harbor City Municipal Court:
- Traffic citations
- Minor drug offenses
- Petty theft
- Criminal mischief
- Disorderly behavior
- Restraining orders
- Diversionary programs
- Some indictable offenses
A good attorney can make all the difference when you are facing municipal court charges. Call the Lento Law Firm at 888-535-3686 for an appointment today.