H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.'s answer A TRO has a much lower standard than a criminal charge. That being said many reason exist why a TRO could be dismissed where as those reasons have nothing to do and won't effect a criminal charge. Thus I suggest hiring a lawyer because if it doesn't get dismissed you may be looking at jail, probation, fines and a criminal record.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.'s answer The answer depends on the amount that was taken. Technically all offenses in New Jersey are treated as felonies since they all go on your criminal record. The difference is New Jersey does not have felony and misdemeanor classifications so everything goes on your criminal record as if it was a felony. If you are charged I suggest you get yourself a good lawyer to make sure you have the best chance of eliminating this from your record.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.'s answer Honestly your guess is as good as ours, but some cops are just not that anxious to arrest someone especially if you are near their time to go home as it can take 1 to 2 hours to process you.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.'s answer The bail reform act did not cover cases in Municipal Court. You need to pay the warrant. I would also suggest hiring a lawyer for the disorderly persons offense if you cannot afford one after you pay the warrant you can apply for a public defender.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.'s answer Much more information would be needed to properly answer your question but either way if you have a gun charge your looking at serving 85% of the time sentenced for in jail we call this NERA and the chance of not doing jail in NJ for carrying a firearm in NJ is slim.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.'s answer Of course a disorderly persons offense is just like any other crime, a complaint is based on information and belief. Just like in a murder the police generally are not present to see the killing nor do the police need to be present for a disorderly persons complaint. All the same rules apply. I suggest hiring a lawyer especially if they have video and witness information against you.
Leon Matchin's answer Your best bet is to hire a private attorney to take the case to trial because sounds like the public defender's office doesn't feel that they want to spend their time taking your case to trial for whatever reason. If you have a budget for a private attorney then that's your best bet. Good luck!
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