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Disorderly Persons Offenses Examples, Fines, Jail Time, Penalties

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Posted: September 5, 2010

What are the penalties, fines and prison terms for DP and Municipal Offenses in New Jersey?

New Jersey Municipal Offenses

In New Jersey charges of lesser offenses are heard by the Municipal Court in the municipality, city, or township where the offense allegedly took place. If you are convicted of a petty disorderly offense, disorderly persons offense, or other disorderly conduct you can be sentenced to up to 6 months in jail, required to perform community services, and be subject to fines of up to $1,000, restitution, and probation.

  • Municipal Disorderly Persons (DP) Offenses: Up to 6 months in jail and fine of up to $1,000 for a disorderly persons offense.
  • Municipal Petty Disorderly Persons (DP) Offenses: Up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $500 for a petty disorderly persons offense.

Examples of Municipal Disorderly Persons Offenses

Under New Jersey law, disorderly persons offenses are not treated as crimes. In most other states, “disorderly persons offenses” would be referred to as “misdemeanors.” Disorderly persons offenses carry penalties of up to six months in jail and $1,000 fine. Examples of disorderly persons offenses include possession of marijuana under fifty grams, simple assault, harassment, shoplifting, and other similar type offenses.

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