Municipal Court

Essex County Municipal Court Hearing Attorney

If you have been charged with speeding, reckless driving, simple drug possession or another minor offense, you will likely be required to appear at a municipal court hearing. Attorney Joseph D. Rotella provides comprehensive representation to clients in New Jersey's municipal courts.

To discuss municipal court representation, contact the Newark law offices of Joseph D. Rotella today at 973-621-0333. Free consultations are available. How do Municipal Courts Differ from Other Courts?

Municipal courts are established at the local level by towns or cities. These limited jurisdiction courts handle minor offenses such as traffic tickets and municipal ordinance violations. At the municipal court level, there are no jury trials. Rather, the judge is the sole factfinder and determines guilt or innocence.

What Types of Cases Are Handled in Municipal Court Hearings?
  • DWI / DUI — Involving the breathalyzer and Alcotest
  • Speeding
  • Careless driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Simple assault
  • Municipal ordinance violations (violations of local building codes, failure to cut grass, disturbing the peace, etc.)
  • Fish and game violations

In addition to the crimes listed above, other crimes tried at higher courts are sometimes pushed back to the municipal courts.

Attorney Joseph D. Rotella represents clients in Essex County, Hudson County, Union County, Passaic County, Morris County, and Middlesex County. This includes the municipal courts of Jersey City, Morristown, Trenton, and Camden.