Disorderly Persons Offense
Some of the most common non-motor vehicle related charges heard in the municipal courts of New Jersey are disorderly persons offenses and petty disorderly persons offenses. Not only is an arrest for a disorderly persons offense embarrassing, but more significantly, they can result in a criminal record that shows up in a criminal background check.
If you are facing a disorderly persons charge such as shoplifting, resisting arrest or countless others, you need the assistance of an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney. Robert E. DePersia, II has over 30 years of knowledge and experience in the municipal courts in New Jersey, and can provide you with invaluable legal advice in your case.
Some of the most common disorderly persons offenses in the New Jersey municipal courts include:
Even though these are non-indictable charges, punishable by a maximum prison term of six (6) months, an individual arrested for a disorderly persons offense will still incur a criminal record. In order to remove a disorderly persons offense you will be required to file an expungement application.
Penalties for Disorderly Persons Offense in NJ
If convicted of a disorderly persons offense, you will be exposed to fines up to $1000 as well as up to 6 months in prison. Certain offenses also carry a mandatory loss of driving privileges, even if the offense had nothing to do with operating a motor vehicle.
Potential long term consequences for conviction of a disorderly persons offense include immigration issues, loss of employment, and/or suspension or revocation of licenses such as a medical license or license to practice law. Additionally, a criminal record can make it difficult to obtain new employment, acquire a loan, get into college, or own a firearm.
If you have been charged with a disorderly persons offense, it is important that you retain an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney to insure that your case is downgraded to a Municipal Ordinance violation or dismissed altogether. Robert E. DePersia, II can review your case and offer valuable insight into the defense of your case. Call today for a free consultation (856) 795-9688.