Criminal Defense Attorney in Island Heights, NJ
When you are charged and summoned to appear at Island Heights Municipal Court, a skilled New Jersey criminal defense lawyer can drastically increase your chances of obtaining a favorable resolution. With years of experience handling cases in New Jersey's municipal courts, including Island Heights, Attorney Joseph D. Lento, and his team will work to secure the best possible outcome for you, whether you're dealing with a DWI, ordinance violation, or disorderly persons offense.
About Island Heights, New Jersey
Located along the north bank of the Toms River inlet Island Heights derives its name from its topography: it contains the second-highest bluff on the New Jersey shore, and it was at one time an island separated from the mainland by a creek. The community developed around a Christian camp meeting site on the bluff, and today, the borough remains a "dry town," home to approximately 1650 people.
About Island Heights Municipal Court
Island Heights Municipal Court convenes at the Municipal Building at One Wanamaker Municipal Complex. The court primarily deals with minor offenses like traffic tickets, ordinance violations, and disorderly persons offenses, while indictable offenses are referred to Ocean County Superior Court in Toms River for trial. During holidays, weekends, and off-hours when Superior Court offices are closed, the municipal judge on-call can issue emergency temporary restraining orders as needed.
Municipal Court Contact Info:
One Wanamaker Municipal Complex
Post Office Box 797
Island Heights, NJ 08732-0797
Phone: (732) 270-6161
Fax: (732) 270-5070
Municipal Court Judge: Damian Murray
Court Administrator: Elizabeth Boettger
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Monday Evenings 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
How Having an Attorney Helps You at Municipal Court
A criminal conviction in the state of New Jersey can have significant repercussions, from jail time and probation to financial penalties and a damaging criminal record. Representing yourself in municipal court is an unwise decision that may increase your chances for maximum penalties. An experienced attorney can provide you with more options for mitigating your sentence or having the charges dismissed altogether. If you qualify, your attorney can also assist you in applying for diversionary programs such as Pre-Trial Intervention or Conditional Discharge. At the end of these programs, any charges against you will be dropped, leaving your criminal record untainted.
The Lento Law Firm can help with any court-related matter at Island Heights Municipal Court, including, but not limited to:
- Traffic tickets/moving violations
- Drug-related offenses
- Disorderly behavior
- Criminal mischief
- Restraining orders
- Indictable offenses
- Diversionary programs
If you must appear at Island Heights Municipal Court, don't take unnecessary chances with your criminal record or your future. Attorney Joseph D. Lento understands the workings of New Jersey's municipal courts and can work to get you a better outcome. To schedule a consultation, call the Lento Law Firm today at 888-535-3686.