Municipal Court


Municipal Court is the lowest level court in the State of New Jersey and is sometimes referred to as traffic court, although the handled other matters that are not traffic related.  Municipal Court involves the defense of any matters pending before all of the courts operating under the jurisdiction in all municipalities in the State of New Jersey.  The Court has primary jurisdiction over minor criminal offenses, motor vehicle related violations as well as violation of municipal ordinances.

We work hard to obtain the best possible results for our clients in all matters in Municipal Court.  Our goal is to avoid a conviction and work aggressively to attain that goal.  If a case can be dismissed in traffic court for any reason, we work hard to achieve that result.  We have been very successful in challenging the basis for issuance of the traffic summons or arrest. In cases, involving drugs we may be able to negotiate a Conditional Discharge for our clients ultimately resulting in a dismissal of the charges in some cases.  In some cases, a guilty plea may be the only option, but we take advantage of any mitigating circumstances to negotiate the most favorable plea bargain for our clients.

As a former Police Captain, Mr. Cipoletta is able to identify many of the procedures that law enforcement officials use when gathering evidence, interviewing suspects and building cases.  This experience allows Mr. Cipoletta to evaluate cases from all angles and to provide quality representation to his clients.  Further, with a combined over 30 years of experience and Mr. Cipoletta’s experience an officer, we are prepared to handle a wide range of Municipal Court Matters including:

  • Traffic Violations, including, but not limited to speeding, careless driving, unlicensed driver, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to exhibit…
  • Driving  Under the Influence (DUI/DWI)
  • Drug Possession
  • Simple Assault
  • Domestic Violence (Sometimes these are handled in Family Court)
  • Disorderly Persons Offences