Mahwah Criminal Defense Lawyers

By hiring the Aretsky Law Group as your Criminal Defense Attorneys in Mahwah you are choosing dedicated, experienced, and strategic advocates who will stand by you and fight for your rights every step of the legal process. Our lawyers are always readily available to answer your questions and address your concerns, ensuring you feel supported through this stressful time. Criminal convictions can come with significant fines and court fees, probation requirements, and could result in a criminal record, which can affect your employment, housing opportunities and more. The process of being arrested and going to court is emotionally draining. Hiring an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney in Mahwah can help you navigate the legal process, reduce potential penalties, and alleviate some of the stress. Our Mahwah Criminal Defense lawyers have track records of achieving favorable outcomes for our clients, effectively defending against various criminal charges.

Types of Criminal Matters in New Jersey:

In New Jersey, municipal courts handle a variety of lower-level criminal offenses, traffic violations, and other minor infractions. Here are the types of criminal offenses typically handled by our attorneys and heard in municipal court:

Disorderly Persons Offenses: These are also known as misdemeanors and include:

  • Simple Assault: Minor physical altercations that do not result in serious injury.
  • Harassment: Acts intended to annoy, alarm, or harass another person.
  • Shoplifting: Theft of goods with a value below a certain threshold.
  • Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana: Typically less than 50 grams.
  • Disorderly Conduct: Engaging in behavior that disrupts public peace and order.
  • Criminal Mischief: Acts of vandalism or property damage that are relatively minor.
  • Petty Disorderly Persons Offenses

Less severe than disorderly persons offenses, these include:

  • Simple Fighting or Quarreling: Minor physical altercations.
  • Offensive Language or Behavior: Conduct considered offensive in public.

Motor Vehicle Violations: These are among the most common cases in municipal courts:

  • Speeding: Exceeding the posted speed limits.
  • Reckless Driving: Driving with willful disregard for the safety of persons or property.
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI/DWI): Operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
  • Driving with a Suspended License: Operating a vehicle while one's driving privileges are revoked or suspended.
  • Seatbelt Violations: Failing to wear a seatbelt while driving or as a passenger.

Local Ordinance Violations: Violations of municipal laws and regulations, such as:

  • Noise Violations: Exceeding allowable noise levels in residential areas.
  • Public Intoxication: Being visibly drunk or under the influence of drugs in public.
  • Curfew Violations: Being out past a mandated curfew time, typically for minors.
  • Animal Control Issues: Violations related to pet ownership, such as leash laws.

Other Minor Offenses

  • Trespassing: Entering or remaining on property without permission.
  • Loitering: Remaining in a public place without a clear purpose.
  • Minor Theft: Theft of property below a certain value threshold.
  • Public Nuisance: Acts that interfere with the comfort, peace, and health of the public.
Penalties and Process

Penalties for offenses heard in municipal court can include fines, community service, probation, and jail time (up to 6 months for disorderly persons offenses). The legal process typically involves:

  • Arrest or Summons: Initiating the case with an arrest or issuance of a summons.
  • Initial Appearance: The defendant's first appearance in court to hear the charges.
  • Pre-Trial Conference: Discussions between the defense and prosecution to negotiate plea deals or prepare for trial.
  • Trial: A judge hears the evidence and decides on guilt or innocence.
  • Sentencing: Imposing penalties if the defendant is found guilty.

Municipal courts play a crucial role in addressing these minor criminal offenses efficiently and fairly, ensuring that more severe cases are reserved for higher courts. The Mahwah Municipal Court is located at 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, New Jersey.


While a misdemeanor is less severe than a felony, the consequences and stress associated with a conviction can still be significant and far-reaching. Taking proactive steps to manage the legal, personal, and emotional aspects can help mitigate the impact. Let our Mahwah criminal defense attorneys work together with you to navigate your legal challenges and secure a favorable resolution. Don’t wait, call us today to schedule a free consultation 201-580-3411.

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