Monroe Township, NJ asked in Criminal Law and Municipal Law for New Jersey

Q: What is the difference of being charged in municipal court in NJ vs being charged in Superior Court for $5200?

Theft by deception charge, Middlesex County, NJ. Thx for your answer. However, it is actually being heard in Municpal Court, NOT Superior Court. The charge is for the Amt. Stated. Why is it being heard in Municipal Court?

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H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • East Brunswick, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: A very big difference in Municipal Court you're only subject up to 180 days in jail and up to a thousand-dollar fine. However the amount taken must have been under $200 to be in Municipal Court. Amounts taken over $200 and up to $500 is in Superior Court and subjects the offender to up to 18 months in jail and a $10,000 fine. A third degree crime which you have is anything over $500 but under $75,000 which subjects the offender to three to five years in jail and a $15,000 fine or double the amount taken whichever is greater. In Superior Court you're much more likely to get jail time and a lot more of it due to the more serious nature of the case. Thus, make sure you get yourself a good lawyer to try to avoid a this. Most of us criminal lawyers offer a free in office consultation during normal business hours. I suggest that you call and set one up.

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