While a disorderly persons offense may not sound all that worrisome, any conviction can have ramifications that create adverse consequences in your future. I am Robert A. Jones, and I am a New Jersey lawyer who has experience as a municipal court prosecutor and on the other side of the bench as a municipal court judge.
I have represented individuals accused of committing disorderly persons offenses, which include shoplifting, disorderly conduct and simple assault, just to name a few. A disorderly persons charge can lead to up to six months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000.
With over 10 years of experience working in the court — 1 1/2 years as municipal prosecutor and 9 years as municipal judge, I know all of the possible plea agreements. I know what the other side is likely to say when it presents its case, and I know what judges need to hear.
If the crime you are accused of committing is your first offense, I may be able to get you a conditional discharge that puts the charge on hold, or a conditional dismissal. You will go on probation for a year, and if you stay out of trouble for that time, the authorities can drop the charges and I can file a motion to get the charge expunged from your record. Expungement means you can apply for jobs, loans, etc. and say — honestly — that you have never been convicted of a crime.
Traffic tickets are expensive in more ways than one. They are also sometimes issued unjustly. If you believe the police had no probable cause to give you a ticket — or even if they did — I can help you minimize the impact that the ticket has on your driving privileges and your car insurance.