Category: Disorderly Persons Offense

Disorderly Persons Offenses Can Have a Long-Lasting Impact on Your Life in New Jersey

Our Criminal Defense Lawyers Explore the Ramifications of Disorderly Persons Convictions for Background Checks and Applications for Future Opportunities in NJ

The Impact of a Disorderly Persons Offense on Your Future in New JerseyThere are two kinds of disorderly persons offenses, a petty disorderly offense, and a disorderly persons offense, with the former being less severe than the latter. According to New Jersey law, a person detained for either offense is not entitled to have their case brought before a grand jury for indictment or to have a jury trial. For both kinds of disorderly persons offense, the defendant has the right to counsel (either private or public appointed by the judge.) The fact that these charges are at the lower end of the spectrum does not signify nonchalance in terms of consequences. Fines and jail time are possibilities depending on previous charges and compliance with previous court orders. Beyond that, the long-term impacts of being convicted of a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey can relate to background checks, job opportunities, immigration status, and more critical parts of your future.

Common Actions Constituting Disorderly Persons Offenses in NJ

Few of these charges are violent or have the potential to be violent. Possession of drug paraphernalia, simple assault, lewdness, obstructing justice, resisting arrest, writing fraudulent checks, and shoplifting are all actions that can get you charged with a disorderly persons offense. Petty disorderly offenses typically include harassment, trespassing, and disorderly conduct.

Consequences of Disorderly Persons Offenses

For a disorderly persons offense, a judge can put you in jail, charge you steep fines, and require you to attend programs. If you are given probation, you could be assigned to work at a halfway house or a community center. There will also be fines to pay. Your ability to rent a house or apartment, become a foster parent, or adopt a child may also be affected. If you are interested in getting a job with the government that requires a security clearance, you may be hindered by your record. To be a teacher, counselor, bank worker, law enforcement, or join the armed services, having this on your record could affect the outcome. Also, the potential employer may request the applicant’s permission to seek a background check, and the applicant must consent before it can be requested.

Additionally, a disorderly persons charge can cause immigration problems for non-citizens who are in the process of getting a green card, or nationalization can be exacerbated by a disorderly persons charge as they can be considered unethical behavior. This can result in a non-citizen being deemed deportable or inadmissible, or their visa can be canceled.

Disorderly Persons Convictions and Undesired Ramifications on Background Checks

A disorderly persons conviction will show on your criminal record when a background check is run because it is permanent unless you successfully receive an expungement. However, there are times when a complete background check isn’t requested. If a private company with whom you want to work, or a landlord whose apartment you want to rent, performs a background check, they may only request a certain number of years, or perhaps it is a program that limits a search to a certain number of databases. None of which disclose your record. However, it is a bad idea to roll the dice by not talking about your offense up front. You never know if, through other background checks, your record may appear. The consequences of your deception could be charges for fraud.

Larger companies and businesses are more likely to run a complete check than those with less than 20 employees. Younger managers may perceive minor offenses as youthful errors in judgement rather than serious crimes. It is a good idea to do some research before you go in for an interview as to whether the company for which you are applying is known for hiring people whose records are smudged. You may have to accept a job you are less interested in for a while to build up your reputation and job history. Later, you may have less of a problem finding better opportunities.

Another possibility is to clean your record. This is called expungement and it allows for disorderly persons offenses to be removed from your record. Once expunged, they will not appear on any background check, no matter how detailed or thorough. The exception to the general rule applies to jobs in law enforcement and other public positions. Moreover, you will no longer be required to discuss your issue in the past with your hopeful employer in the present.

Process to Expunge a Disorderly Persons Offense in New Jersey

This process can be done on paper or electronically. When you file your petition to expunge your offenses, the system will not correct any mistakes you make or give you any helpful information or advice. Neither will it calculate if you are eligible to submit a petition. It is for those reasons that you should let your lawyer walk you through the process and complete it on your behalf. Any mistakes you make could have a negative effect on the outcome of your request, even if you are eligible. When the court receives your forms, based on the information you and your lawyer submitted, they will or will not confirm your eligibility. If you are found ineligible, the court will most likely refuse your petition for expungement.

It is vital that you and your lawyer put together all relevant information. E-filing makes that much easier than doing it on paper. There is a section where you can retrieve your cases and check to see if all of the information regarding your legal history is correct. There may be errors, so have your lawyer request corrections before you proceed with the process. The system is occasionally incorrect, but by no means regularly inaccurate in listing criminal records from New Jersey. You want to paint yourself as a productive member of society; your job, community work, and family ties all make a difference. For reasons of practicality and accessibility, we will handle the entirety of the expungement process to best position your application for success.

An expungement can put you back in a favorable position for future job opportunities in NJTo complete the e-filing, you and your lawyer will be contacted to go over your entire file. Once you confirm that everything has been filled in correctly and there isn’t anything left in blank or mistaken information, your application will be sent to the government departments that need to review it. The court will schedule your hearing. The judge will grant or deny your expungement request. The prosecutor can deny or accept it as well.

Additionally, a recent NJ bill called the Clean Slate (Dec. 19, 2019) provides expungement for anyone who has had a clean record for 10 years. The waiting period begins when all the conditions of any past convictions have been completed in their entirety. According to the bill, there is no maximum number of indictable offenses or disorderly persons offenses that can be cleared. However, any specific offense that cannot be expunged will also disqualify a petition for this kind of expungement. Someone who received an expungement is eligible for a clean slate expungement if their petition is approved.

Limit on the Amount of Disorderly Persons Offenses for Expungement in NJ

Up to 5 disorderly persons charges can be expunged, also 1 indictable offense and 3 disorderly persons charges.

Waiting Time to Have an NJ Disorderly Persons Offense Expunged

For a clean slate expungement, 10 years from your last offense is what you will have to wait. An indictable conviction and up to 3 disorderly persons offenses will take 5 years, while the same offenses with compelling circumstances are 4 years. Five disorderly offenses will take 5 years, but with compelling circumstances, 3 years. Compelling circumstances are areas such as your behavior, community participation, job seeking, etc. to assure the court that you are a participating, positive contribution to society.

How Can a Lawyer Help Remove a Disorderly Persons Offense from Your Record in New Jersey?

The most challenging part of the expungement process is being eligible. When the type of conviction, number of convictions, and your sentence, fees, and probation have been completed. There are many statutes that provide the details, exceptions, and rules for your expungement. A lawyer is your best choice to handle your expungement.

The second challenge is completing all the forms carefully and accurately. E-forms are only as good and efficient as the person who fills them out. A lawyer can apply their knowledge of expungement processes to go over every detail of the forms you need for your expungement. You should paint a picture of the excellent citizen you are, as well as a family member, volunteer, employee, and/or person looking for work but getting rejected because of your record. You need the expungement to continue your growth and contributions to the community.

The final complication is managing the expungement hearing. If you qualify and your paperwork is up to snuff, the hearing should be a formality, a walk in the park without a necessary appearance in court. However, if the prosecutor objects or the court is against your expungement, your wise and experienced lawyer can persuade the court to grant your position.

Have You Been Arrested, Charged, or Convicted of a Disorderly Persons Offense? Contact Our Team of Criminal Lawyers Today

If you were arrested, charged with, or convicted of disorderly persons offenses in New Jersey, you might be in front of a serious issue. A conviction might have severe implications, including a lifelong criminal record and the possibility of jail time. Our recommendation for you is to talk with an experienced criminal defense lawyer at The Bronzino Law Firm about your case as soon as possible. The sooner we know about your case, the sooner we’ll start working on your defense or expungement.

Please do not hesitate to contact the skilled lawyers at our firm with offices in Brick and Sea Girt if you have any additional questions about defending against disorderly persons offenses, them showing up on background checks, or you require more assistance or clarification for a disorderly persons case in any way. We help clients with disorderly and petty disorderly persons charges and expungements of these convictions in Belmar, Toms River, Mantoloking, Lacey, Barnegat, Point Pleasant, Freehold, Eatontown and other areas in Monmouth and Ocean Counties and South Jersey.

Call us at (732) 812-3102 for a free consultation, or complete our contact form to request a free consultation with one of our lawyers.

Family Law Attorney Dealing with Narcissistic Abuse in Brick and Sea Girt NJ

Serving clients in Brick, Sea Girt, Toms River, Wall, Point Pleasant, and across Ocean and Monmouth Counties

Family Law Attorney Dealing with Narcissistic Abuse in Brick and Sea Girt NJAre you in a hurtful and confusing relationship, that forces you to highlight only the happy moments to avoid accepting the bad memories? If so, you might be involved with a narcissistic abuser and it’s vital that you learn more about their behavior when they try to convince you to stay with them.

Which Are The Top Strategies Used By Narcissistic Abusers?

The idealization/devaluation cycle is used by most narcissists. The idealization phase happens while they choose partners who mirror them well and nurture their ego. But once they come to the realization that the person they put way up high on the staircase is just a human being, that is when the devaluation phase starts off with criticism, controlling, and shaming.

Once you make it evident you want to leave, the narcissist will act nice again —but only as nice as it fits their part. Nevertheless, they will resort back to their abusive behavior almost as soon as you come back. If you manage to call out on love-bombing and gaslighting (tactics of manipulation), you will then be able to liberate yourself from any narcissist.

Love-Bombing Defined

Narcissists will blur their “prey” with theatrical displays of adoration. Elle Magazine recently published an interview with singer FKA Twigs, where she thoroughly described the abusive relationship she had with Shia LaBoeuf and how he would tell her he loved her not too long after the first time they met and literally jumped the fence of her London residence, to bring her flowers and love notes. These are the classic love-bombing strategies that debilitate victims by making them feel unique. The intermittent dopamine rewards typical of love-bombing relationships make them addictive, thus having the abused partner race back in search of another dose of dopamine (a brain chemical that creates feelings of pleasure and reward, which motivates you to repeat a specific behavior) once they feel devalued. FKA Twigs admitted being drawn back to LaBoeuf after the relationship ended.

LaBoeuf sent her 10 and 20 bunches of flowers every day for 10 days in a row. She would sit down to watch something or work, hear the doorbell ring, and find three more bunches of flowers. The note would always read “More love, more love”. Looking back, she admitted it was a bit excessive and felt awkward, more like seriously aggressive love.

The most effective method to shield yourself from love-bombing is to see situations for what they are: the complete opposite of love. It narrows down to a strategy to pull you in. You will most likely feel devalued if you decide to go back under the narcissist’s domain. Don’t trust fantastic promises and overwhelming displays of affection, instead pay attention to your significant other’s commitment to improving their unhealthy behavior.

How To Recognize Gaslighting?

The concept was borrowed from the classic film “Gaslight”, about a vicious husband who convinces his wife she’s losing her mind because he’s trying to steal her fortune. Narcissists gaslight their victims of choice by discrediting what they believe is real. Their goal is to convince you that you are the one responsible for their poor behavior. Model Sarah McNeilly shared on her Instagram account how she had suffered abuse from her ex-partner, singer Marilyn Manson.

He reportedly threw her against a wall and threatened to smash her face with the baseball bat he was holding, because she attempted to help him choose a pair of pants to wear for a music video. She witnessed him making up problems or hiding missing objects to validate his uncontrollable outbursts. McNeilly also explained that she was scared of leaving him because he had the habit of blackmailing and belittling people.

Losing the ability to think critically is a common trait of gaslighting victims, because of the brainwashing the narcissist works on them. Keeping a log of the narcissist’s behavior and revising it with a therapist or trusted support person is one tool against brainwashing. Narcissists are known to enjoy isolating their victims so they can exercise full control over them. What they focus on is preventing you from getting advice from people who do care about your well-being.

Ending Narcissistic Abuse

Ending Narcissistic AbuseTake ownership of your situation by connecting with your support system, learn about these violent behaviors, and plan a safe way out.

Trauma-bonding explained. Having an intense attachment to anyone who chooses to hurt you is far from love, that is trauma-bonding. People who were abused by those who were supposed to keep them safe, end up attracting partners who repeat the abuse as they grow older. The so-called love you feel is probably unreal, but actually, a nervous system response activated by the repetition of trauma happening during childhood.

Share your story. Allow yourself to talk to those who truly support you, instead of only focusing on the narcissist’s opinion. External points of view will help you counteract love-bombing and gaslighting and notice the narcissist’s behavior for the aggression and manipulation it hides.

Choose a safe way out. Narcissists usually escalate their abusive behavior when their prey (partner) tries to walk out of the relationship. Seek for violence support resources to help you design your safety plan to leave as soon as possible.

Contact our Domestic Violence Lawyers for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one are subject to narcissistic abuse, seek counseling from an experienced Domestic Violence and Family Lawyer to help you weigh your best options to break free from the abuse cycle and outlining the best strategies to safeguard your future, free from any harmful consequences.

At Peter Bronzino,  we take pride in successfully representing clients in Brick, Sea Girt, Toms River, Wall, Point Pleasant, and across Ocean and Monmouth Counties.

Contact the Monmouth law offices of Peter Bronzino at 732-812-3102 today, to understand your available options. One of our New Jersey domestic violence attorneys will answer your questions and provide you with a cost-free initial consultation.

Proof Required for a Final Restraining Order Attorney Monmouth and Ocean County NJ

Helping clients across the Jersey Shore in Point Pleasant, Toms River, Jackson, Wall, Sea Girt, and Brick.

Proof Required for a Final Restraining Order Attorney Monmouth and Ocean County NJThe restraining order is a powerful tool used by law enforcement and the courts to ensure those who have suffered from or are at risk of domestic violence or harassment.  However, before the courts will grant a final restraining order and extend the protections it provides to at-risk individuals, three concrete proofs need to be determined to ensure that such an order is warranted.

Put simply, these proofs are:

Did an actual act of domestic violence take place?

To determine if an act of domestic violence occurred, the judge will want to know whether the precipitating incident fits the criteria for one or more Crimes of Domestic Violence, as defined by the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act. These Crimes include:

Several types of evidence can be presented to the judge in the final restraining order hearing, including a police report and arrest records, witness testimony, personal testimony from the victim, and other evidence such as photos of injuries/damage, emails, texts, and phone messages as well as other records.

2)  Is there a provable history of domestic violence?

Should a judge find that a Crime of domestic violence took place, they will next want to determine if this was an isolated incident or if it is part of a pattern of domestic violence. If there is a history of domestic violence present in a relationship (including prior threats, harassment, and or physical violence), evidence can be presented to the court that documents this, including prior police and hospital records, emails, text messages, photos, journal entries and testimony from those who witnessed the abuse.

3)  Is a restraining order necessary in order to safeguard the victim’s safety?

Finally, the necessity of a final restraining order to ensure the victim’s safety in the future will be considered by the court. Important factors taken into account will include the severity and extent of domestic violence that was experienced. The court will also examine what happened after the temporary restraining order (TRO) was enacted. Information such as if the parties named in the TRO still texted, called, or met in person could be critical in the court’s final decision. Any contact, even something as small and seemingly insignificant as you liking a Facebook post of the person named in the TRO, could constitute contact in the eyes of the court.

Is a restraining order necessary in order to safeguard the victim’s safety?For a TRO to become a final, permanent restraining order (PRO), the plaintiff must prevail at a final restraining order trial. This means that the plaintiff must prove in court, by a preponderance of the evidence, that a predicate act of domestic violence occurred and that future protection is needed. The preponderance of the evidence standard means showing that “more likely than not” or, commonly described as 51%, that the plaintiff has proven past violence and future danger.

Whether or not a trial is held in an open court or a closed session is completely dependent on the judge’s preference. However, both sides are typically permitted to have persons in court to support them.  The judge will often need to confirm that these individuals are not fact witnesses, meaning someone you intend to make a statement to the court regarding a specific issue or event.

Given that a permanent restraining order can have lifelong impacts, the process is intentionally extensive and thorough.  For this reason, having effective representation, no matter on which side you may fall on, is absolutely critical. Many people wrongfully think it is a process that they can guide themselves through.  However, if you seek protection or feel you have been wrongfully accused, the stakes are far too high to attempt to go at it alone.  A skilled and experienced attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.

Consult a Wall Township Restraining Order Lawyer Today

At Bronzino Law Firm, our teams of experienced attorneys are skilled in serving our clients across Brick, Wall, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, and the greater Ocean and Monmouth County Areas in all domestic and criminal law matters.

To schedule a confidential consultation with an experienced member of our firm today regarding your case, please visit our online form or call us at  (732) 812-3102 to learn more about your options.

Divorce and Impact of Coronavirus Attorneys Monmouth and Ocean County NJ

Serving families facing challenging life uncertainties in towns like Wall, Sea Girt, Brick, Toms River, Asbury Park, Neptune, and more

Divorce and Impact of Coronavirus Attorneys Monmouth and Ocean County NJIf the quarantine experiences and statistics coming from China and the UK are to be believed, forced social isolation resulting from COVID-19 is taking marital tension and thoughts of separation, civil union dissolution, and divorce to new heights. As couples experience little or no time apart, balance childcare and homeschooling responsibilities with working from home, and possibly the presence of extended family members, marital issues that may have been swept under the rug in the past are now being dragged out into the light. Combined with potential unemployment, financial worries, and health problems, this situation is a volatile mixture that can impact a person’s physical and mental well-being, the result of which can be seen in families who have pre-existing domestic violence and child abuse issues and an increase of calls to law enforcement.

The stress and dramatic shift in relationship expectations, parental roles, and the attempt to balance working from home and homeschooling schedules in some cases have emotionally stretched many previously happy couples and family dynamics, forcing many to reassess how they perceive their future living situation to be once certain restrictions are lifted.

The Bronzino Law Firm, LLC, is prepared to provide legal services safely, secure, confidential, and conveniently without compromising quality. Our lawyers will fight to protect your rights and are ready to arrange convenient, free virtual consultation meetings via Skype, WhatsApp video, FaceTime, Zoom, or Google Hangout to discuss how we can best support you meet your legal needs.

The Bronzino Law Firm, LLC manages all family law related matters for clients across Ocean County and Monmouth County.

Contact us online or call us at (732) 812-3102 to arrange a free virtual legal consultation from the comfort of your home or office and with the convenience of your smartphone, laptop, or tablet. The Bronzino Law Firm, LLC, is prepared to protect your rights and answer your legal questions or family law-related issues.

Will the “Stay-at-home” Order Affect My NJ Child Custody or Support Agreement?

Will the “Stay-at-home” Order Affect My NJ Child Custody or Support Agreement?As we wrote recently in “Corona Virus Impacts Coparenting and Parenting Time Agreements,” parents who are in the divorce process or whose divorce or civil dissolution was finalized before the “shelter-in-place” restrictions are concerned about their child custody schedule, fear that their child may be exposed during a parental visitation, and question whether they will be held in contempt if the other parent tries to enforce the custody agreement. In other cases, parents have sought to modify their child custody agreement because the co-parent, grandparent, or someone in their household or apartment building has contracted corona or due to co-parent’s unpredictable workplace demands or longer hours (i.e., essential personnel in the medical, law enforcement, service industry) and the belief they cannot provide the same level of safety and care as before.

Each situation is different. So whether you area parent already struggling to pay child support, who fears that their inability to work will affect their payments or a parent who wants to request a child support modification to reflect their temporary decreased earnings, having the support of an experienced family law attorney is vital to ensuring your rights are protected. You’re not in contempt of any legal orders concerning your case.

Contact an Ocean and Monmouth County Divorce Attorney Today

At The Bronzino Law Firm, LLC, our New Jersey family attorneys are committed to supporting our clients throughout Ocean County towns such as Toms River, Wall, Point Pleasant, Asbury Park, Spring Lake, Brick, and all of Eastern New Jersey in matters regarding divorce, custody agreements and parenting time schedules.

At our law firm, we get to know the people we represent, determine what is most important to them in the divorce, then work with them to develop a strategy designed to meet their individual goals and needs.

Contact us online or call us at (732) 812-3102 to arrange a safe, secure, confidential, convenient, and free virtual legal consultation.

Domestic Violence During Quarantine Attorney Brick and Sea Girt NJ

Living under the same roof as an abuser can be mentally, physically, emotionally exhausting, which can lead to dangerous situations.

Domestic Violence During Quarantine Attorney Brick and Sea Girt NJWhether the abuse causes physical harm to the victim or is less overt, as, in the case of gaslighting and emotional manipulation, the sense of disempowerment and fear that it seeds in the recipient is traumatizing, taking steps to leave an abusive home is a courageous and also often dangerous process, as doubts around personal safety, financial security, and the wellbeing of your children arise to be considered.

Domestic violence is a more pervasive peril than one might think. The National Domestic Violence Hotline reports that nearly half of all men and women have experienced psychological aggression by their partner during their lifetime, and 29 percent of women and 10 percent of men have been victims of physical domestic abuse by their partner.

Steps to take when facing Domestic Violence During Quarantine

Getting out of a dangerous domestic abuse situation is imperative, though not easy. It causes stress, worry, and physical risk to even the most methodical person. In order to exit a dangerous relationship, make sure that you have considered and planned all aspects of the move strategically. Whether or not the threat of physical violence is present, plan your exit as though it is a separation to be carried out with the utmost care and protective secrecy.

Use the following considerations and resources to help you strategize the ins and outs of your transition out of an abusive home. Make sure that you have a plan and that during the development of your exit strategy, you take necessary measures to ensure that your abusive partner does not learn of the move. Even partners that have not been physically violent may turn to physical measures, attempting to force you to stay if they learn you are hiding the intent to empower yourself by leaving. Others may use emotional and mental manipulation tactics to threaten or convince you to stay.Steps to take when facing Domestic Violence During Quarantine

  • Formulate an Exit Plan with a Domestic Violence Hotline Counselor – Contacting a Domestic Violence Hotline is the first step.
  • New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline: 24/7

1-800-572-SAFE (1-800-572-7233)

1-800-799-7233.

Their counselors are trained to inform you about what domestic violence is and how to safely and strategically exit an abusive situation. This strategy includes step-by-step actions to take, documents to gather, and allies with whom to be in contact before, during, and after the move. Domestic violence hotline counselors can provide you with the following information, among other resources:

  • How to prepare your finances
  • What to put in your travel bag
  • Necessary documentation for you and your kids
  • What numbers to have ready to dial in your cell phone
  • Who to be in contact with during the process, and how to safely let them know your plans
  • Where to go directly following your exit

Document abuse to Protect Your Rights

Document abuse Carefully and completely, keep track of the date and form of abuse experienced. As it relates to physical abuse, take pictures to record injury. When the abuse is verbal, do your best to document quotes or even record. Keep this documentation in your hidden travel bag.
Only document – in pictures, for example – on devices that your partner cannot find and do not document if there is any possibility of your being caught. Do not put yourself at risk of discovery to get this evidence. This information would simply be used to build a case against your abuser, and it is not worth risking your physical safety to obtain it.

Have a Plan and Make sure your children are ready

Do not tell your children outright that you are planning for you all to leave the house. It is neither safe nor responsible to burden your children with this kind of a secret. Instead, make sure they are ready for an emergency by practicing their full name and address if they are young, and ensuring that children of all ages know what to do in the case of an emergency – where to go, who to call. Privately review emergency procedures with them.

Take the First Step and File a Temporary Restraining Order with a Brick Or Sea Girt Attorney Today

Carefully, contact a family law attorney to file a restraining order in order to protect the safety and privacy rights of your family after the move.

At Peter J. Bronzino Law Firm, our team of family law attorneys are skilled in serving our clients in Brick, Spring Lake, Asbury Park, and all of Eastern New Jersey. in all domestic abuse matters.

To schedule a confidential consultation with an experienced member of our firm today regarding your transition out of an abusive home, please contact us online or through our Brick offices at (732) 812-3102.

Reducing Points for a Traffic Violation Attorney Monmouth and Ocean County NJ

Helping drivers across the Jersey Shore in Point Pleasant, Toms River, Jackson, Wall, Sea Girt, and Brick.

Reducing Points for a Traffic Violation Attorney Monmouth and Ocean County NJSpeeding in New Jersey (NJ) can mean expensive fines and moving violations points. Depending on how many miles over the speed limit you were traveling, a traffic court judge may suspend your NJ Driver’s License for 30 to 60 days. Fines and increased insurance premiums arising from a speeding ticket can result in you paying hundreds or possibly thousands of dollars, so it’s practical to consult an experienced traffic violation attorney who can reduce a New Jersey speeding ticket to a lower-point violation. Your proactivity can protect your driving privileges, minimize potential penalties you might face, and possibly mitigate the impact on your driving record and auto insurance rates.

At The Bronzino Law Firm, located in Brick, New Jersey, we conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances of your ticket and work to get your charges reduced to a no-point violation, such as unsafe or reckless driving, or dismissed altogether.

If you have been cited for speeding in Brick, Toms River, Point Pleasant, Wall, Spring Lake, Sea Girt, Jackson, Howell or anywhere in Ocean or Monmouth Counties contact us online or call us at (732) 812-3102 to arrange a free virtual legal consultation via Facetime, Whatsapp, zoom, Google Hangouts or Skype.

Am I required to make a court appearance for a Toms River, NJ Speeding Ticket?

If a court appearance is mandatory, the ticket will say so. You will be required to appear in court if you are cited for speeding by:

  • 40 mph or more
  • 20 mph or more in a Safe Corridor or Construction Zone

All motorists who receive a speeding ticket in NJ can either pay their fine directly or fight the ticket in court. Paying the ticket is considered a “guilty” plea and ends your case. If you appear in court, you can plead “not guilty” and challenge the ticket. It is important to contact the court directly if you choose to plead “not guilty” so that you can confirm your hearing date or if necessary, reschedule the proposed date with the clerk.

What If I Fail to Respond to a Traffic Ticket in Ocean County, NJ?

If you do not respond to a New Jersey traffic ticket, you will receive a “Failure to Appear” notice, which will give you a certain amount of time to comply with the instructions contained within it. Failing to comply with this notice will result in a bench warrant for your arrest that will remain open and active until the court recalls, withdraws, or discharges it.

Can a Brick, NJ Traffic Ticket or Violation Affect My Out-of-State Driver’s License?

Can a Brick, NJ Traffic Ticket or Violation Affect My Out-of-State Driver’s License?Unfortunately, it’s relatively common that drivers who do not live in New Jersey think that a NJ speeding ticket does not affect them. Since New Jersey is a member of the Interstate Drivers License Compact, participating states share information about each other’s drivers, traffic ticket convictions and any administrative actions (i.e. suspensions) taken against a driver from another state. This also means a driver can never escape the consequences of a traffic ticket conviction, even if the ticket is issued in another state.

Fortunately, drivers from other states can hire a New Jersey traffic violation attorney to handle a speeding ticket for them. Since New Jersey is strict about requiring drivers to appear in court for traffic matters, with or without an attorney, those living outside NJ can file an “affidavit of hardship” and have an attorney appear in court for them.

Contact an Experienced Sea Girt Traffic Violation Attorney Today

At The Bronzino Law Firm, we have extensive experience helping our clients contest all manner of traffic violations (i.e., leaving the scene of an accident, DIU/DWI, driving without insurance, etc. ) in Ocean and Monmouth County towns such as Wall, Jackson, Point Pleasant, Sea Girt, Asbury Park, and the surrounding communities.

Attorney Peter J. Bronzino has built his practice based on the belief that every client deserves highly attentive and effective legal counsel. Attorneys prepared for what is in many ways a new legal landscape know that in this digital age, it’s possible to provide legal services in a safe and convenient way without compromising on quality.

Contact us online or call our Brick or Sea Girt Bronzino Law, LLC office at (732) 812-3102 for a free and confidential virtual consultation today to discuss your unique needs, concerns, or situation when it comes to any kind of family law matter.

Brick and Sea Girt Attorneys Offer Virtual Consultations to Serve Clients

We leverage technology to meet the needs of our clients, by providing dynamic, client-focused representation in Family Law matters

How Can I Reach A Lawyer in New Jersey if I Can’t Leave the House?As the world comes to terms with the spread of the coronavirus, countless New Jersey citizens asked to practice “social-distancing” and “shelter in place” are in dire need of legal services, and are finding it challenging to find experienced and flexible legal counsel able to meet their unique needs amid the growing pandemic. Attorneys prepared for what is in many ways a new legal landscape know that in this digital age, it’s possible to provide legal services in a safe and convenient way without compromising on quality.

At The Bronzino Law Firm, LLC, located in Brick, New Jersey, we believe legal services should be accessible at everyone’s fingertips and clients should be able to get the services of an attorney even without an initial physical meeting. We leverage technology to meet the needs of our clients, by providing dynamic, client-focused representation in Family Law matters (i.e., Alimony and Spousal Support, Child Support, Child Custody, Domestic Violence, Criminal Charges, and Municipal Court summons, Real-Estate ventures, and Wills, Trusts & Estates). We understand and believe that each client is different, with distinctive needs and goals, and as such, unique strategies must be crafted for each case in order to favorably settle them for our clients.

Our lawyers are prepared to protect your rights and are ready to arrange convenient, virtual meetings via Skype, WhatsApp video, FaceTime, Zoom, Google Hangout, Clio Connect or Legaler to discuss how we can best support you and meet your legal needs.

How Do I Schedule a Virtual Legal Consultation with a Bronzino Law Firm Attorney?

From the comfort of your home or office and with the convenience of your smartphone, laptop or tablet, you can arrange to speak with a lawyer from The Bronzino Law Firm, LLC, to answer your legal questions or issues. If you would like to speak with an attorney about your case in a free and confidential consultation today, you can:

How Do I Schedule a Virtual Legal Consultation with a Bronzino Law Firm, LLC Attorney?1) Contact us online or

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Serving Families across Monmouth County and Ocean County towns including Neptune, Manasquan, Point Pleasant, Toms River, Brick, Asbury Park, Wall, and more

Across all areas of Family Law, our lawyers can answer your questions today. Our attention to detail and priority to the attorney-client relationship often leads to outcomes that are both beneficial and personalized to the individual needs and concerns of our clients and their families. Our experienced attorneys work to resolve legal conflicts outside of the courtroom when possible, but will never hesitate to aggressively litigate and defend our clients’ legal rights when necessary.

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Littering vs Illegal Dumping Laws in Monmouth and Ocean County NJ

While the majority of New Jersey citizens know this and are on board, the state still faces some irritating examples of illegal dumping.

What are New Jersey’s Laws regarding Illegal Dumping?Everyone knows that it takes a collective effort to keep a community clean and safe. Illegal dumping is, by definition, the inappropriate disposal of waste, which is illegal in addition to the fact that it disrupts the look and feel of its surroundings. Generally, someone illegally dumps their trash when they are looking to either sidestep the expense of city waste disposal, or they do not want to be bothered by its schedules.

What is the difference between illegal dumping and littering?

New Jersey differentiates between what is considered illegal dumping and what is considered littering, a different offense with a different consequence.

Illegal dumping is the improper disposal of large amounts of waste. This waste could include basic household waste, biohazardous medical waste, non-recyclable electronic waste, and even such large scraps as mechanical or automobile parts. Usually, culprits offload their large quantities of waste in areas in which it won’t be easily found, such as woods or wetlands. New Jersey does, however, know areas in which illegal dumping sites exist right in the middle of the city.

As is the case in most states, littering is different from illegal dumping in its quantity. Illegal dumping is the improper disposal of large quantities of waste, while littering is the improper disposal of small quantities.

What are the effects and penalties of illegal dumping?

The effects of illegal dumping are far-reaching and impact our communities and wildlife in subtle ways. In addition to creating an eyesore that makes a negative emotional impression on our citizens, it also puts wildlife at risk, especially when the dumps are in tall grass, and rapidly moving animals do not see it until they are right upon it.

Additionally, because New Jersey funds must go to clean up the waste, valuable taxpayer dollars are not going to necessary efforts such as roadways and social health initiatives.

In addition to causing adverse effects on the community, someone convicted of illegal dumping faces steep penalties under New Jersey law. State and local law enforcement, as well as representatives of the New Jersey State Park System and its conservation officers, are directed to cite and enforce penalties to the maximum extent of the law.

The minimum fine for illegal dumping in New Jersey is $2,500, and those convicted may be charged up to $50,000 in fine. Additionally, perpetrators may lose their driver’s license and road privileges for a set period of time and even forfeit their vehicles.

What are the penalties for littering?

What are the penalties for littering?Penalties for littering are much less harsh, though they do not go without consequence. According to New Jersey law, “a person who throws, drops, discards, or otherwise places any litter of any nature upon public or private property other than in a litter receptacle commits a petty disorderly person’s offense” and is subject to up to a $500 fine. Minimum fines for littering are $100 in the state.

While generally speaking the fine is the extent of the penalty for littering, the perpetrator may also have to complete community service. If a person is convicted of littering twice within a span of six months, their fine increases to between $250 and $1,000 for the offense; and depending on the conditions of the offense may even be subject to up to 60 days in jail.

New Efforts to Eradicate Illegal Dumping

In a new effort to keep the state clean and its citizens in alignment with the law, New Jersey has enacted new measures to catch perpetrators. Many concealed wildlife cameras are being used to catch perpetrators, and law enforcement is cracking down on offenders, while the court system penalizes them to the full extent of the law. While these measures are in place to catch as many offenders as possible, it is still impossible for law enforcement to fully eradicate illegal dumping. As such, New Jersey calls on its public to support the effort, offering sites such as www.stopdumping.nj.gov, which shows photos of perpetrators and asks the public to identify those photographed.

Experienced Attorney by Your Side

At The Law Office of Peter J. Bronzino, our defense attorneys are experienced in supporting our clients across Point Pleasant, Asbury Park, Spring Lake, Brick, and all of Eastern New Jersey when they have been charged with illegal dumping.

To meet with an experienced member of our firm today regarding your case, please contact us online or through our Brick offices at (732) 812-3102.

Misdemeanor v. Indictable Charges Attorney Monmouth and Ocean County NJ

Serving clients across the Jersey Shore in Point Pleasant, Toms River, Jackson, Wall, Sea Girt, and Brick.

Misdemeanor v. Indictable Charges Attorney Monmouth and Ocean County NJAnyone charged with an offense in New Jersey can become easily confused by the terminology used by courts, attorneys, and even friends. This is often the case when a person is charged with a misdemeanor (disorderly persons) offense or an indictable offense.  It is important to understand the differences between the two offenses and the potential consequences of each. Similarly, it can become hard to discern what you have been charged with and what the potential consequences are. From a DUI, to drug crimes, assault violations, driving tickets, or even stalking, it is important to understand the type of charge and potential consequences. Below, we will discuss the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony offense. 

Misdemeanors and Indictable offenses are not the same.

New Jersey classifies offenses into two categories. Offenses are either disorderly persons or indictable offenses. Many people are confused about what they are charged with because these terms are not often used when referring to crimes.  Instead, media outlets and many nearby states refer to offenses as misdemeanors or felonies. In New Jersey, the term disorderly persons offense is the equivalent of a misdemeanor in other states. You may hear some attorneys refer to it as a “dp”, short for disorderly persons.  Similarly, a felony is relatively the same as an indictable offense. However just as the terms are different for the crimes are different, the potential consequences of each vary greatly. 

Misdemeanor-disorderly persons offense

A misdemeanor is a lower-level offense that is, more often than not, heard in municipal court. This court is in the town in which the alleged offense occurred.  The offenses in municipal court are broken down into two categories, namely petty disorderly persons (dp) offenses, and disorderly persons offenses. A petty “dp” is the lowest level offense that a person may be charged within New Jersey. It is punishable by up to 30 days in jail, $500 in fines, and court costs and mandatory state penalties.  Petty dp’s commonly heard in municipal court are harassment, mutual fighting, and disorderly conduct. The next level of municipal offenses is disorderly persons offense (misdemeanors). 

Misdemeanor-disorderly persons offenseDisorderly/misdemeanor offenses are above petty dp’s but have less penal consequences than felony/indictable offenses.  Unlike felony offenses, you cannot go to New Jersey State Prison if convicted of a disorderly persons offense. The law only allows a person convicted of such offense to go to the county jail for 180 days.  However, there are additional penalties a person faces such as being placed on probation, up to $1000 in discretionary fines, mandatory state penalties, court costs, and possible license suspensions. Unfortunately, many people continue to suffer the consequences of a misdemeanor charge because they cannot make the required payments on the fines and the court then suspends their license.  Of course, suspending the license compounds the financial problem as the person cannot get to work and therefore cannot pay the fines and the cycle continues. Common examples of misdemeanors charged in New Jersey are: 

Sometimes these charges can be attached to a complaint about an indictable/felony offense which is heard in Superior Court, located in the county in which the offense occurred.

Indictable Offenses

Felony/indictable offenses, unlike misdemeanors, are punishable by potential terms in New Jersey State Prison.  Felony offenses range from first through fourth degree and each degree has a term of state prison attached to it that you face. For example, first-degree faces 10-20 years in state prison, second-degree faces 5-10 years, third-degree 3-5 years, and fourth-degree faces 12-18 months. The court may sentence a person to probation in lieu of state prison, but the probationary sentence can include up to 364 days in the county jail.  In addition to the state prison terms or probation, there are discretionary monetary penalties that you can be ordered to pay such as $10,000 for a fourth-degree, $15,000 for a third, $150,000 for a second and 250,000for a first. 

Other differences in misdemeanor and felony offenses

Municipal Court (misdemeanors) is less formal than courts in which indictable offenses are heard. For example, you are entitled to a trial on a disorderly persons offense, but the trial will be in front of a judge, not a jury. In a felony case, you will have a trial in front of jurors. Additionally, for felonies unlike misdemeanors, your fingerprints and DNA will be taken and put in a state database to identify you in any future criminal conduct.  A record of your charges will also be available for potential employers to see and as such, your employment and financial future will be negatively impacted. 

Common examples of charges that would subject you to the consequences of felony charges are: 

Criminal law differences in misdemeanor and felony offenses

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list but rather a sample of commonly charged indictable offenses.  

Consult a Criminal Defense Attorney with Offices in Brick and Sea Girt NJ

No matter what type of offense you are charged with, you are facing consequences that can have a negative impact on your personal and financial life.  You need a zealous advocate that can protect you and guide you through the process. Our office has the knowledge and experience to help you in your case. Call our office today at  (732) 812-3102 or contact us to arrange a free case consultation and evaluation with an experienced criminal trial attorney.

Types of Criminal Charges Reviewed by Ocean and Monmouth County Lawyers

Serving Clients Facing Infractions, Misdemeanors, and Felonies in Asbury Park, Wall, Toms River, Brick, Sea Girt, Manasquan, Neptune, Spring Lake and across the Jersey Shore

Types of Criminal Charges Reviewed by Ocean and Monmouth County LawyersMost citizens don’t have much interaction with and knowledge of the criminal justice system.  However, if you or someone you know is charged with a crime it is important to understand the different types of crimes and what the possible penalties that can result are.

In New Jersey, as in other states, crimes fall under different classifications. In fact, Title 2C Section 2C:1-4 of The New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice clearly defines the differences. This grouping usually reflects the seriousness of the different types of crimes committed and in most cases the penalties that are attached to the crime. The groups are infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. The reason for these classifications is to help create a more efficient system and make a pattern that citizens can follow when it comes to how being charged with these crimes impact them.

The major categories are in most cases determined by the amount of jail time that is possible. For example, when trying to figure out what the difference is between a misdemeanor and a felony, one can look to the maximum potential jail time for the crime for the answer.

What qualifies as an Infraction in NJ Law?

What qualifies as an Infraction in NJ?Generally, infractions are the least serious type of crime. Put simply, an infraction is the violation of a rule, ordinance or law. In most cases, there is no jail time associated with an infraction and it, depending on the jurisdiction, will not appear on a criminal record. In the majority of cases, payment of a fine will be the only punishment.  However, it is important to note that federal law classifies an infraction as a crime with a jail sentence of not more than five days. The most common example of an infraction is a traffic ticket, but other offenses can also be categorized as infractions, such as trespassing, littering, disturbing the peace as well as other petty offenses.

Though in cases of infractions police officers will usually just write a ticket and hand it to the person, however, infractions can turn into a more serious crime if left unaddressed or unpaid.

Commonly infractions have different classes (i.e. moving violations, non-moving violations, and other petty offenses). The law provides for an increasing range of fines and potential penalties for the different classes within the infraction category.

What is a Misdemeanor in NJ Criminal and Municipal Courts?

It is important to know that misdemeanors are more serious than infractions. Under federal law and in New Jersey, a misdemeanor is a criminal offense that carries a potential jail term of less than one year in county jail.

As with infractions, misdemeanors are sorted into classes as well. Federal sentencing guidelines divide the classes based on the maximum imprisonment for the offense.

  • Class A misdemeanor – less than one year but more than six months
  • Class B misdemeanor – more than 30 days but less than 6 months
  • Class C misdemeanor – more than 5 days but less than 30 days

Once again, the jail time is served in a local county jail as opposed to a high-security prison. It is usual for prosecutors to have a great degree of flexibility in deciding what crimes to charge, how to punish them as well as what kinds of plea bargains will be offered to the defendant.

What is a Felony Charge in NJ Criminal Court?

What is a Misdemeanor or Felony in NJ Criminal and Municipal Courts?There is no debate that a felony is the most serious type of crime. Generally, these are the crimes that can hurt the public, such as drug distribution or violent behavior. Consequences may range from massive fines of over a thousand dollars to going to prison for at least a year. However, the term felony is not uniform throughout the United States. The federal government defines a felony as a crime with a punishment of more than one year but states are less strict about the definition. New Jersey does not classify their criminal offenses at all. However, typically a sentence of more than one year that will be served in a state or federal prison will be considered a felony. As is the case with misdemeanors, Federal law breaks down classifications for felonies using sentencing guidelines by the amount of prison time.

  • Class A Felony – life imprisonment or the death penalty.
  • Class B Felony – twenty-five or more years of imprisonment.
  • Class C Felony – less than twenty-five years, but more than ten years of imprisonment.
  • Class D Felony – less than ten years, but more than five years of imprisonment.
  • Class E Felony – less than five years, but more than one year of imprisonment.

Felonies are usually crimes that are viewed severely by society and given that the punishments are so impactful, a criminal procedure must be strictly observed in order to ensure that the defendants’ rights stay protected. Felonies are usually crimes that include crimes such as murder, rape, burglary, kidnapping and arson to name but a few. However, felonies can also be punished in a range of ways so that the actual punishment matches the severity of the crime.

Contact a Toms River Misdemeanor, Infraction, and Felony Criminal Attorney Today

Being charged with any crime is a serious matter. At Peter J. Bronzino, our legal team is experienced in defending the rights of our clients across Neptune, Spring Lake, Brielle, and Toms River in all types’ criminal cases and infraction.

If you have been charged with a crime, please contact a member of our legal team today to schedule a comprehensive and confidential consultation to review your case. Reach out to us at (732) 812-3102; or visit our access our online form we look forward to representing your legal rights.