Mercer County Criminal Defense Lawyers
Jersey City & Freehold Attorneys serving Essex, Hudson, Monmouth County, and Nearby NJ Areas
Criminal charges can have life altering consequences attached to them, whether it is the possibility of having to serve years in jail, or the loss of your driver’s license. That’s why when facing criminal prosecution experienced and aggressive legal representation is an absolute must.
If you or a loved one are facing charges in a Mercer County court, the attorneys at Clark & Clark are exactly what you need on your side. With more than 35 years of criminal trial experience our attorneys will put their experience to work evaluating the evidence in your case, safeguarding your constitutional rights, and advising you on the best path to protect your record.
Difference Between Indictable Cases Pending in Mercer County Superior Court and Disorderly Persons Offenses Heard in Mercer County Municipal Courts
Uncertainty is perhaps the most worrying aspect of facing criminal charges in Mercer County so understanding the basics is an essential first step. Felonies, which are the most serious charges, are commonly referred to as indictable offenses. They are prosecuted by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and heard in Mercer County Superior Court in Trenton.
At Clark & Clark we’ve handled many violent felonies such as:
- Aggravated Assault
- Terroristic Threats
- Eluding the Police
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Misconduct
We have also represented clients charged with many non-violent felonies such as:
- Criminal Mischief
- Distribution, Manufacturing, or Possession of CDS, (controlled dangerous substances such as Marijuana, Heroin, Cocaine, Oxycodone, and Roxicodone)
Indictable offenses can carry lengthy state prison sentences and hefty fines that can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Misdemeanors, commonly referred to as disorderly persons offenses, are not handled in Mercer County Superior Court but rather are handled in the individual Mercer County town municipal court where the charge occurred. There are a wide range of disorderly persons offenses like:
- Simple Assault
- Disorderly Conduct
- Criminal Mischief
- Underage Possession of Alcohol
- Providing Alcohol to Minors
- Possession of Marijuana Less Than Fifty Grams
While they are generally considered less serious than felonies they nevertheless can carry Mercer County Jail sentences of up to 6 months, loss of driving privileges, and thousands of dollars in fines or restitution.
All traffic summonses are also heard in the Mercer County town municipal court where the charge arose. These cases commonly include violations for:
- Drunk Driving
- Reckless Driving
- Careless Driving
- Driving With a Suspended or Revoked License
- Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident
- Driving Without Car Insurance
These offenses are not criminal in nature, however, traffic cases can carry serious consequences like the loss of your driver’s license in this state for two years of more, and points on your driving record that will incur insurance surcharge payments, and insurance premium hikes. In some cases, certain traffic violations can even carry terms of incarceration in the Mercer County Jail.
Put Our Experience to Work Protecting Your Rights and Your Record
Clearly, with all of the consequences a case in Mercer County court could involve, putting up a defense without the best possible representation is simply not an option. With more than thirty five years of criminal trial experience on both the prosecution and defense sides of the process, the lawyers at Clark & Clark continually achieve the most favorable results in criminal cases for our clients.
Where our clients have been innocent, we have gone to trial and won. In many cases we have successfully litigated the suppression of the State’s evidence and obtained dismissals of the charges. In cases where the evidence against the client is strong, we have nevertheless been able to advocate on behalf of the client and negotiate a plea deal that involves significantly reduced penalties.
At Clark & Clark we have the skill and experience to investigate your case, analyze the evidence, and advise you on a course of action that is best for you. Whether we are seeking a dismissal, negotiating the best plea deal available, or defending your legal rights at a trial, we understand the courts in Mercer County, and how to make the system work best for you. Call us at 732-303-7857 for a free consultation.