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If you are charged with a criminal or quasi criminal matter you must appear on the date indicated in the summons. At that time you will be informed of your rights in the Municipal Court. You may wish an opportunity to seek the advice of an attorney or if you are financially disadvantaged, you may qualify for an attorney to be assigned. In any case, you will be directed by the Municipal Judge as to the next step.
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Read the reverse side of the Summons issued to you. You may pay for parking offenses and certain moving violations without the necessity of a Court appearance. Be sure to check the Court appearance date on the lower front of the Summons. Check the schedule of fines and penalties for the appropriate amount and make your check payable to the Jefferson Township Violations Bureau.
The Jefferson Municipal Court now accepts payment by Visa and Mastercard. Your check must reach the Violations Bureau prior to that date.
If your Summons is checked "Court Appearance Required" and you wish to plead guilty, you must:
You will be informed of your rights by the Judge in open Court. The reason that your appearance is required is usually because the fine or penalty must be set by the Municipal Judge.
You must contact the Violations Bureau by phone or in writing before the date that appears on the Summons simply indicating that you wish to contest the Summons and enter a plea of not guilty. The Violations Bureau will set a new Court date for you to appear at that time. Certain infractions may result in the suspension of drivers privileges or a jail term. You will be advised of your rights to an attorney at your first appearance.
Any person who is dissatisfied with the finding made by the Court or the sentence that is imposed has the right to appeal to the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division. He or she will receive a "Trial De Novo" before a Superior Court Judge based upon the transcript of the hearing had at the Municipal Court level. You must arrange for the cost of the transcript by placing a deposit with the Court and file the appropriate forms provided by the Municipal Violations Bureau. You must accomplish the filing of your appear within twenty days of the date of your conviction and/or sentence in the Municipal Court.
You are expected to pay all fines when they are imposed. If the Court finds after inquiry that you do not have the appropriate funds to satisfy the fines and/or costs an Order may be entered requiring payment of at least one half of the fine and costs and a satisfactory payment schedule of weekly payments not to exceed sixty days. The Jefferson Municipal Court now accepts payment by Visa and Mastercard.
If you fail to comply with a Court directive, the Municipal Court may order a Bench Warrant for your arrest, suspend your driver and registration privileges and impose additional sanctions for your noncompliance.