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Municipal Court Lawyers in Mercer County, New Jersey

NJ Criminal Defense Attorneys Help You Fight Charges for Disorderly Persons Offenses & Traffic Offenses in Trenton and Princeton

The Davis Law Firm, LLC is a New Jersey criminal defense firm that secures justice for people who have been accused of crimes in Trenton, Princeton, Hamilton Township, Lawrence Township, or anywhere else in Mercer County, NJ. Our knowledgeable criminal attorneys understand that dealing with the NJ criminal justice system can be a confusing, and often scary, ordeal. That’s why we work hard to protect you against overzealous prosecutors, whether you’ve been charged with shoplifting in Trenton Municipal Court, marijuana possession in Princeton Municipal Court, or aggravated assault in Mercer County Superior Court. We can also defend you against traffic offenses and DWI charges in Mercer County, New Jersey.

Disorderly persons offenses in New Jersey are heard in municipal court, while more serious felony-level offenses are heard in superior court. A disorderly persons offense (or misdemeanor) is a lesser offense that generally doesn’t involve any violence and that carries a maximum punishment of six (6) months in the local county jail and a $1,000 fine. Petty disorderly persons offenses and municipal ordinance violations carry less severe penalties, such as 30 days in the county jail and a $500 fine.

Do you face municipal court charges in Mercer County? Do not take any chances when it comes to your freedom and your future. Contact the experienced criminal defense lawyers at the Davis Law Firm, LLC – either by calling 609-587-9100 or by filling out our online contact form.

NJ Criminal Code: Disorderly Persons Offenses

Simple Assault – N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(a)

Simple Possession of Less Than 50 Grams of Marijuana – N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(4)

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2

Shoplifting – N.J.S.A. 2C:20-11

Receiving Stolen Property – N.J.S.A. 2C:20-7(a)

Bad Checks – N.J.S.A. 2C:21-5

Disorderly Conduct – N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2

Resisting Arrest – N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2

Criminal Mischief – N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3

Trespassing – N.J.S.A. 2C:18-3

Harassment – N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4

Lewdness – N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4

Obstruction – N.J.S.A. 2C:29-1

Hindering Apprehension – N.J.S.A. 2C:29-3

Possession of a Hypodermic Needle or Syringe – N.J.S.A. 2C:36-6

Prostitution – N.J.S.A. 2C:34-1

Traffic Violations and Statutes in NJ

39:3-4 Vehicle Registration Required

  1. Unregistered vehicles shall not be permitted to be driven, parked or stand on a public highway.
  2. A Police Officer is authorized to remove any such vehicle on a public highway.

39:3-9a Failure to Notify of Name Change; Failure to Sign License

  1. DMV to be notified within two weeks after name change.
  2. A license shall be endorsed in handwriting.

39:3-10 Driver’s License Required

  1. A license or permit required to operate a motor vehicle.

39:3-11 Failure to Comply with Restriction Codes

  1. A license was granted with reasonable conditions placed on the applicant such as the use of eyeglasses.

39:3-17.1 Continuation of Non-Resident Driving Privilege

  1. Non-resident privilege ends 60 days after becoming resident.

39:3-29 Failure to Exhibit Documents

  1. License, registration and insurance card to be exhibited upon request of Officer.
  2. Government vehicle, vehicle under control of ICC, PUC or vehicles registered out of state are exempt from insurance requirement.

39:3-32 Lost, Damaged or Defaced License Place to be Replaced

  1. Must be reported to DMV and replaced within 24 hours.

39:3-33 Display of License plates

  1. Must be displayed not less than 12 inches, nor more than 49 inches height.
  2. Must be horizontal, free from swinging, fee of obstruction.

39:3-36 Failure to Notify of Address Change

  1. DMV to be notified within 1 week of change of address.

39:3-40 Driving While Suspended

  1. No person shall operate a vehicle whose license privilege has been revoked.

Penalties for Violation of 39:3-40

  • 1st Offense: $500, up to 6 months additional suspension.
  • 2nd Offense: $750, 5 days in jail, up to 5 months additional suspension.
  • 3rd Offense: $1,000 fine, 10 days in jail, up to 6 months additional suspension, 45 additional days in jail if involved in an injury accident.

39:3-44 Unsafe Vehicle

  1. A vehicle in such condition as to endanger or likely to endanger a person or property shall not be driven, moved or parked on a highway.

39:3-47 Lighted Lamps Required

  1. Any time from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise.
  2. Any other time when visibility is less than 500 feet.
  3. When windshield wipers are activated.

39:3-50 Color of Lamps

  1. White or amber to front of vehicle.
  2. Red or amber to rear of vehicle.
  3. Permit required for flashing lights.

39:3-60 Improper Use of Multiple Beam Headlights

  1. High beams not to be used within 500 feet of other vehicles.

39:3-66 Maintenance of Lamps

  1. All lamps must be kept clean and in good working order.

39:3-69 Horn and/or Audible Warning Device

  1. Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a horn audible from a distance of not less than 200 feet used only when necessary to ensure safe operation.

39:3-70 Loud, Defective or No Muffler

  1. All motor vehicles having a combustion motor to be equipped with muffler.
  2. Must prevent excessive or unusual noise and annoying smoke.

39:3-71 Mirrors

  1. Every passenger vehicle manufactured after 1/1/65 to be equipped with interior and driver’s side mirror.

39:3-72 Tires

  1. Unsafe tire – any exposed ply or cord, any bump, bulge, knot or excessive tread wear.

39:3074 Windshields

  1. At least one wiper required on driver’s side.
  2. No stickers, posters, etc. on windshield.

39:3-75 Safety Glass

  1. Vehicle shall not be driven with unduly fractured, discolored or deteriorated safety glass.

39:3-76.2a Child Restraints

  1. Children up to 8 years shall be secured in a rear set with a federally approved child restraint system.

39:3-76.2f Required Wearing of Seat Belts

  1. Every driver and front seat passenger of a passenger automobile shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt.

39:3-77 Unapproved Equipment or Devices

  1. No person shall sell, offer or use any unapproved device or equipment for use on a motor vehicle.

39:3-79.1 Mud Flaps

  1. Any bus, truck, full trailer or semi trailer exceeding a gross weight of 3 tons must be equipped with a rear wheel dirt flap.

39:3-81 Use of Studded Tires

  1. Use of studded tires approved between 14 November and 1 April or as determined by director.

39:4-10 Lamps and Reflectors on Bicycles

  1. Bicycles, when operated at night, shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible at a distance of 500 feet. They shall also be equipped with a red lamp at the rear visible at a distance of 500 feet.

39:4-11 Audible Signal on Bicycles

  1. No bicycle shall be operated unless it is equipped with a bell or other device capable of giving a signal audible for a distance of at least 100 feet.

39:4-12 Improper Riding on Bicycle

  1. A person on a bicycle shall not ride or carry another passenger on anything but a permanent and regular seat attached to the bicycle.

39:4-14 Hitching on Vehicles Prohibited

  1. No person riding on a bicycle, coaster, skates, sled or toy vehicle shall attach the same or himself to any vehicle upon a roadway.
  2. A person shall not ride a bicycle with his hands and feet removed from the handlebars and pedals, nor shall he practice trick or fancy riding in a street.

39:4-14.1 Rights and Duties of Bicycle Rider

  1. Bicycle rider to comply with applicable provisions of Title 39.

39:4-32 Improper Crossing of Roadway by Pedestrian

  1. Pedestrians shall not cross roadway against stop signal or traffic device or officer.
  2. A pedestrian crossing one “go signal” has the right of way over all vehicles until he has reached the opposite curb.

39:4-34 Pedestrian to Use Crosswalk

  1. Unlawful for pedestrians to cross any highway separated by medial barrier except where a provision is made for a crossing.
  2. On all highways where no sidewalks or paths are provided, pedestrians shall, when practical, walk only on the extreme left side of the roadway or its shoulder facing traffic.
  3. Where sidewalks are provided, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway.

39:4-35 Pedestrians Right to Complete Crossing

  1. Non-operator of a vehicle shall fail to give the right of way to a pedestrian at a crosswalk where the pedestrian has begun his crossing properly.

39:4-46a Display of Name and Address

  1. Every commercial vehicle shall display the name of the owner or lessee and the municipality in which the owner or lessee has his principal place of business.
  2. Franchised public utilities and fleets of 50 or more vehicles may display a corporate code instead.
  3. The sign or nameplate shall be in plain view and lettering shall be as close as possible to 3 inches in height.

39:4-46b Display of GVWR

  1. Vehicles over 26,000 pounds are to display a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating.

39:4-48 Owners of Consent to Use Motor Vehicle

  1. No person shall operate or use a motor vehicle without the permission of the owner.

39:4-49 Tampering with a Motor Vehicle

  1. No person shall tamper or interfere with a vehicle or put its engine in motion while it is standing without the permission of the owner.

39:4-49.1 Operating with Drugs in Possession or in Motor Vehicle

  1. No person shall operate a vehicle on any highway while knowingly having in their possession any CDS as defined in schedules I, II, III, IV or V.

39:4-50 Driving While Intoxicate/Allowing Another to Operate

  1. No person is to operate a vehicle while under the influence of any intoxicating liquor, narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit producing drug.
  2. .008% or more by weight of alcohol in the defendant’s blood.
  3. No person is to allow operation of a vehicle by person under the influence or intoxicating liquor, narcotic, hallucinogenic, or habit-producing drug.

Penalties for Violation of 39:40-50

  • 1st Offense: $250-$400, IDRC, 6 months – 1-year suspension, possible 30 days in jail.
  • 2nd Offense: $500-$1,000, 30 days community service, 2-90 days in jail, 2-year suspension.
  • 3rd Offense: $1,000 fine, 180 days in jail, 10-year suspension

39:4-50.2 Consent to Taking Breath Samples

  1. A person who operates a vehicle on any public road, street or highway or quasi public area in this state shall be deemed to have given consent to the taking of breath samples to determine the content of alcohol in his blood.
  2. No right to refuse or consult with anyone prior to taking the sample.

39:4-51a Consumption of Alcohol in Vehicle

  1. A person shall not consume an alcoholic beverage while operating a vehicle.
  2. A passenger shall not consume an alcoholic beverage while a vehicle is being operated.
  3. Presumption of consumption if unsealed container in passenger compartment of vehicle appears to be partially consumed and operator or passenger has physical appearance of having consumed it.

39:4-52 Racing on Highway

39:4-53 Leaving Engine Running

  1. No person shall leave a vehicle on a highway with its engine running and unoccupied by someone capable to control it.

39:4-56 Delaying of Traffic

  1. No person shall drive or conduct a vehicle in such condition so constructed or so leaded to be likely to cause delay in traffic.

39:4-56.5 Abandonment of Vehicle

  1. A vehicle which has remained on highway or the property in excess of 48 hours or without current license plates for any period.

39:4-56.6 Parking on Private Property without Consent

39:4-57 Failure to Comply with Directions of Officer

  1. Drivers or vehicle shall, at times, comply with the direction by voice or hand of a police officer.

39:4-58 Driving with View Obstructed

39:4-59 Begging Rides Prohibited

39:4-60 Soliciting Trade or Contributions Prohibited

39:4-61 Tailboard Riding

39:4-63 Placing Injurious Substance on Roadway

  1. Any glass, other sharp, injurious or cutting substance.

39:4-64 Littering

  1. No person shall drop any bundle, object, article or debris of any nature from a vehicle, whether in motion or not, when such vehicle is on the highway.

39:4-67 Obstructing Passage of Other Vehicles

39:4-69 Riding on Parts Not Intended for Passengers

39:4-71 Driving on Sidewalk

39:4-77 Loading so as to Spill

  1. A load which extends above the height of sides or tailgate of a vehicle shall be covered by a tarpaulin or other cover.

39:4-80 Traffic Control by Officers

39:4-81 Disregard of Traffic Control Device

39:4-82 Keeping to Right

39:4-85 Improper Passing

39:4-86 Driving to Left of Center Line

39:4-88 Traffic on Marked Lanes

39:4-89 Following Too Closely

39:4-90 Right of Way at Intersections

39:4-92 Clearance for Authorized Emergency Vehicle

39:4-96 Reckless Driving

  1. A person who drives a vehicle heedlessly, in a willful or wanton disregard of the rights of safety of others in a manner so as to endanger or likely to endanger person or property.

39:4-97 Careless Driving

  1. A person who drives carelessly or without due caution and circumspection in a manner so as to endanger or likely to endanger person or property.

39:4-97a Destruction of Agricultural or Recreational Property

39:4-97.1 Impeding Slow Speed Prohibited

39:4-98 Speeding

39:4-11.5b Right Turn at Red Signal

  1. Must come to a complete stop and yield to all traffic and pedestrians before proceeding.

39:4-123 Right and Left Hand Turns

39:4-123 Marked Turning Courses

39:4-125 Improper U-Turns

39:4-126 Failure to Signal Turn

39:4-127 Improper Backing or Turning in Street

39:4-128.1 Passed Stopped School Bus

  1. There shall be a rebuttable presumption that the registered owner of the vehicle which was involved was the person who committed the act.

39:4-129 Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Penalties for Violation of 39:4-129

  • 1st Offense: $500 to $1,000 or imprisoned for 180 days or both.
  • 2nd Offense: Not less than $1,000 nor more than $2,000 or imprisoned for 180 days or both.

39:4-135 Improper Parking

  1. Parallel with edge of the curb.
  2. Facing in the direction of traffic.
  3. Within 6 inches of the curb.

39:4-136 Parking on Highway

  1. Clear and unobstructed width of 15 feet upon the roadway opposite the standing vehicle.
  2. Clear view of the vehicle may be obtained from a distance of 200 feet in each direction upon the roadway.
  3. Person shall immediately, by quickest means, notify the nearest police authority.
  4. Police Officer may remove vehicle.

39:4-137 Parking Brake to be Set

39:4-138 Parking Prohibitions

  1. Within an intersection
  2. On a crosswalk
  3. Between a safety zone and adjacent curb
  4. In front of a driveway
  5. Within 25 feet of an intersecting road or crosswalk
  6. On a sidewalk
  7. In a No Parking area
  8. Tithing 50 feet of a stop sign
  9. Within 10 feet of a fire hydrant
  10. Within 50 feet of a rail crossing
  11. Within 25 feet of a driveway to a fire station
  12. Alongside a street excavation
  13. On the roadway side of any stopped vehicle
  14. Upon any bridge or elevated roadway
  15. In a handicapped spot

39:4-144 Failure to Stop and Yield

39:4-183.3 Display of Unauthorized Traffic Signals

39:5-35 Failure to Surrender Suspended Drivers License

39:6B-2 Uninsured Vehicle

  1. Vehicle registered or principally garaged in NJ

Penalties for Violation of 39:6B-2

  • 1st Offense: $300, period of community service, 1-year suspension.
  • 2nd Offense: $500, 14 days in jail, 30 days community service, 2-year suspension.

39:8-1 Failure to Inspect
39:8-4 Failure to Make Repairs or Re-Inspect
39:8-6 Failure to Display Inspection Sticker
39:8-9 Refusal to Inspect

NJSA Points for Traffic Tickets

SectionOffensePointsNew Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway27:23–29Moving against traffic227:23–29Improper passing427:23–29Unlawful use of median strip2All roads and highways39:3–20Operating constructor vehicle in excess of 45 mph339:4–14.3Operating motorized bicycle on a restricted highway239:4–14.3dMore than one person on a motorized bicycle239:4–35Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk239:4–36Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk; passing a vehicle yielding to pedestrian in crosswalk239:4– 41Driving through safety zone239:4–52Racing on highway539:4–55Improper action or omission on grades and curves239:4–57Failure to observe direction of officer239:4–66Failure to stop vehicle before crossing sidewalk239:4–66.1Failure to yield to pedestrians or vehicles while entering or leaving highway239:4–66.2Driving on public or private property to avoid a traffic sign or signal239:4–71Operating a motor vehicle on a sidewalk239:4–80Failure to obey direction of officer239:4–81Failure to observe traffic signals* (Red Light Camera- 0 pts.)2*No points assessed for red light camera violation039:4–82Failure to keep right239:4–82.1Improper operating of vehicle on divided highway or divider239:4–83Failure to keep right at intersection239:4–84Failure to pass to right of vehicle proceeding in opposite direction539:4–85Improper passing on right or off roadway439:4–85.1Wrong way on a one-way street239:4–86Improper passing in no passing zone439:4–87Failure to yield to overtaking vehicle239:4–88Failure to observe traffic lanes239:4–89Tailgating539:4–90Failure to yield at intersection239:4–90.1Failure to use proper entrances to limited access highways239:4–91–92Failure to yield to emergency vehicles239:4–96Reckless driving539:4–97Careless driving239:4–97aDestruction of agricultural or recreational property239:4–97.1Slow speed blocking traffic239:4–97.2Driving in an unsafe manner (points only for third or subsequent offense within five years of most recent 39:4-97.2 conviction)439:4–98Exceeding maximum speed 1-14 mph over limit2Exceeding maximum speed 15-29 mph over limit4Exceeding maximum speed 30 mph or more over limit539:4–105Failure to stop for traffic light239:4–115Improper turn at traffic light339:4–119Failure to stop at flashing red signal239:4–122Failure to stop for police whistle239:4–123Improper right or left turn339:4–124Improper turn from approved turning course339:4–125Improper u-turn339:4–126Failure to give proper signal239:4–127Improper backing or turning in street239:4–127.1Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing239:4–127.2Improper crossing of bridge239:4–128Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing by certain vehicles239:4–128.1Improper passing of school bus539:4–128.4Improper passing of frozen dessert truck439:4–129Leaving the scene of an accident –
no personal injury2Personal injury839:4–144Failure to observe stop or yield signs239:5C–1Racing on highway539:5D–4Moving violation committed out-of-state

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