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Old Bridge Criminal Defense Attorney (Middlesex County, NJ)

06
Jan
2011

by in Criminal Defense, DWI Defense, Traffic Tickets

Old Bridge Police make a substantial amount of arrests for drug possession, assault, and other criminal complaints. A good deal of DWI arrests are also made in Old Bridge. Traffic tickets, which are not criminal matters in New Jersey, are certainly doled out heavily in Old Bridge as well. My office appears in the Old Bridge Municipal Court on a regular basis to defend defendants against all of these charges.

I represent both adults and juveniles who are charged with criminal offenses, traffic tickets, and DWI in Old Bridge. Old Bridge is a suburban town in southern Middlesex County. The town is bordered by Marlboro, which is in Monmouth County. The town is also surrounded by East Brunswick, Sayreville, Monroe Twp, and Matawan.

The Old Bridge Municipal Court has jurisdiction over disorderly persons charges, Old Bridge DUI, and traffic tickets. Old Bridge Police give out a ton of traffic tickets. All Old Bridge juvenile charges are sent to the Middlesex County Family Court. They will be prosecuted by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

My office also handles Old Bridge expungements and Old Bridge appeals. Both of these processes are highly technical. You should absolutely consult with an attorney before undertaking either.

If you have already been convicted of a traffic ticket, DWI, or criminal offense in Old Bridge, you have only 20 days to file a notice of appeal. You must also order transcripts of the hearing. It is wise to write a legal brief and submit a proposed order to the judge as well. You will be given a hearing date in the Superior Court, where you can argue your case to a Law Division Judge.

If you have already eclipsed the 20 day period, another form of appeal may be possible. This is known as a petition for post-conviction relief (“PCR”). A PCR must be filed in 5 years unless good cause is shown. If an appeal or PCR is not appropriate given your case, an expungement may be able to clean up your record.

If you are arrested or charged with a criminal offense, DWI or traffic ticket in Old Bridge Township, you will be scheduled for a first appearance in the Old Bridge Court before Judge James Webber, J.M.C. The prosecutor in Old Bridge is Lane Miller, Esq. The first appearance, while not a pleasant experience, actually does exist for your benefit. The purpose of the first appearance, or “arraignment,” is so that you understand the charges against you, the penalties that you face, and what your rights are.

At your arraignment, the judge will read the complaint to you in open court, advise you of the possible consequences of those charges, advise you that you have the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, and a right to a trial. You must then enter a plea of either guilty or not-guilty. If you retain an attorney before the first appearance, your appearance may be waived.

Your next court date will be a status conference where the case can be resolved by plea. If this is not possible, your case will be set for a trial date.

Call now if you have been charged with a criminal offense, DWI or traffic ticket in Old Bridge. Utilizing an experienced criminal defense attorney who is familiar with the court can be the difference between having a criminal record not.

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