In New Jersey, there are 566 municipalities. There are five types of municipality in the state:
- 250 boroughs
- 52 cities
- 15 towns
- 246 townships
- 3 villages
Each one of these municipalities is permitted under New Jersey state law to create and enact local rules and regulations. These local rules, intended to help self-govern a specific municipality, are referred to as ordinances.
What Do Municipal Ordinances Mean for My Case?
N.J.S.A. 40:49-5. Penalties for Violating Ordinances allows for penalties for a conviction of violation of a local ordinance including up to 90 days in jail, fines of up to $2,000, and could be required to perform up to 90 days of community service. An arrest for a municipal violation will also appear on your criminal record. Once convicted, there is a two-year waiting period before you may file a petition for expungement, and additional restrictions on having your record seal may also apply.
Ordinance violations of a town’s specific local code might include charges of disturbing the peace, excessive noise, littering, loitering, or public intoxication.
Violations of local ordinances are not considered crimes and should not show up on a criminal record, nor should local ordinance violations appear in criminal background checks.
There Is No Better Way to Safeguard Your Record Than With Our Experience
Even if you may have violated the law, you do not have to plead guilty to the initial charges brought against you. Our criminal attorneys have successfully convinced the Municipal Prosecutors to amend the charges to a less serious charge, such as down to a non-criminal Municipal Ordinance violation, that are not considered crimes or criminal acts on your record.
The same principal of plea negotiations applies to traffic charges. Our attorneys are often able to get Municipal Prosecutors to amend a traffic ticket to a non-point or reduced point traffic offense or an offense that does not affect our client’s driver’s license. A common example in traffic cases is where a client has been issued a summons for careless driving, reckless driving, or speeding. Here, we are usually able to convince the prosecutor to offer a plea to unsafe driving, which is a no point traffic infraction that carries only a fine.
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