Public Safety Building, 2nd Floor
228 Chestnut St., Nutley NJ 07110
973-284-4945; Fax: 973-284-4914
Judge: Honorable Joan Cocchiola
Court Adm. Patricia Conroy
Sessions: Weds. 9 AM & 6:30 PM
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Criminal Charge In Nutley NJ
The amount of crime is relatively low in Nutley, especially compared to other towns in Essex County. A factor in the low crime index of approximately 50% below the national average is the 83 police officers employed by the Nutley Police Department. This is a relatively high number for a town with a population of 28,370 (2010 census) and measuring only 3.428 square miles. Most of the charges in Nutley involve property crime, including shoplifting, theft of services and deception, criminal mischief, and burglary. A major contributor to charges filed in Nutley is the presence of the the Garden State Parkway and Route 21, and arrests stemming from motor vehicle stops on these roadways.
Arrested In Nutley: Where Will My Case Be Heard?
If you were charged with a traffic offense like DWI, driving without insurance or while revoked, or reckless/careless driving, you case will be heard in the Nutley Municipal Court. The same is true if the charge you are facing is a disorderly persons offense, for example, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, being under the influence of CDS, drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, simple assault or any number of other offenses falling within this grade. More serious cases, those involving indictable crimes, must be forwarded to the Essex County Superior Court/Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for handling. The reason is because there is no jurisdiction to hear first, second, third or fourth degree crimes in municipal court; those charged with indictable offenses like these are entitled to presentation of their case to grand jury and, if indicted, a trial by a jury of their peers. These types of proceedings can only be conducted at the County Court in Newark NJ. Accordingly, if you were arrested and charged with aggravated assault, possession of heroin or another indictable/felony offense, the case will not be heard in Nutley Municipal Court except possibly an arraignment.
What Happens If I Am Convicted Of The Charge?
If the offense you have been charged with is a disorderly persons offense or an indictable crime, you will have a 2C record if you are convicted. In addition, there are significant fines that can be imposed, along with the possibility of six (6) months in jail for a disorderly persons offense and in excess of one year in state prison for the least severe crimes, namely, those falling in the fourth degree range. More serious felonies carry the possibility of years in jail. On the other end of the spectrum are motor vehicle violations, although those too can trigger thousands of dollars in financial consequences and, in more serious cases like DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle, and driving while suspended, the possibility of jail.
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