Some speeding and traffic tickets are issued in Helmetta. The Helmetta DWI and Traffic Court has jurisdiction over traffic tickets, DWI, and disorderly persons offenses such as assault and possession of marijuana. If you are trying to reach the court by phone, know that the court keeps very odd hours. The Helmetta Court is only open Monday from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m., and Thursday 6 to 8 p.m. The Judge in the Helmetta Court is the Honorable Thomas F. X. Foley, J.M.C. Judge Foley also presides in Freehold Township Court, Millstone Court, Sea Bright, and Hazlet Court.
Helmetta is a tiny borough in central Middlesex County. The most recognized building in the town is the big, sadly abandoned Helme Products Inc. plant that lies on the Camden and Amboy Railroad line that traverses the borough. The old plant started to produce “snuff” in the late 19th century. In 1900, the plant was purchased by the American-Sniff Company in a takeover by Helme Products Inc., but the joint venture fell through some ten years later. By 1925, the plant became the biggest snuff factory on the planet. Hundreds of workers filled the plant. Around 1990, the plant was taken over by American Maize-Products. Swisher International bought the plant a few years later, who later moved the mill to Wheeling, West Virginia.