NJ FINES & PENALTIES FOR DISORDERLY PERSONS & PETTY DISORDERLY PERSONS OFFENSES
Penalties for Disorderly Persons Offenses in New Jersey
If you are facing charges of disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offenses in New Jersey, it’s essential to understand the severe consequences that may come on conviction. Conviction can negatively impact your life, leading to significant fines and possible incarceration. At Todd Spodek Law Firm, we acknowledge these consequences, and our team is here to help you avoid unfavorable outcomes. Our extensive experience enables us to provide effective legal counsel, ensuring that you obtain a favorable verdict.
Your likelihood of facing jail time if convicted with disorderly or petty disorderly person offenses depends on the severity of the charges. Under N.J.S.A 2C:43-8 of NJ law, those convicted can face a maximum sentence of up to six (6) months for disorderly persons offenses and up to thirty (30) days for petty disorderly persons offenses. However, mandatory minimum sentences may be imposed under certain circumstances as required by law. For example, third-time offenders of shoplifting will receive a mandatory minimum sentence of ninety (90) days.
Fines & Assessments
Apart from jail time, those facing convictions may also get charged fines according to N.J.S.A 2C:43-3(c). It can range between $500-$1000 or more based on various factors surrounding the case. In addition, individuals found guilty are required to pay additional assessments such as court costs ($33), VCCB ($50), Safe Neighborhood Services Fund ($75) and DEDR Penalty (in drug-related issues only). For offenders caught with drugs or drug paraphernalia possession charges only, their driver’s license suspension shall last for six months unless they demonstrate hardship.
Table: Penalties for Disorderly Persons Offenses in New Jersey
|Type of Offense||Maximum Jail Time||Fine||Additional Assessments|
|Disorderly Persons||6 months||Up to $1,000||Court Costs ($33), VCCB ($50), Safe Neighborhoods Services Fund ($75), DEDR Penalty|
|Petty Disorderly Persons||30 days||Up to $500|
|Court Costs ($33), VCCB ($50), Safe Neighborhoods Services Fund ($75), DEDR Penalty|
Penalties for Failure to Pay Fines and Assessments Ordered by the Court.
If a defendant on a disorderly or petty disorderly person offense fails to pay fines, assessments or restitution ordered by the court, they may face different consequences such as warrant issuance. A warrant may be issued requiring you to appear before the court and explain why payment was not made. If the judge finds that there is an inability to pay genuinely, they may modify the fine and sentence accordingly; where non-payment is wilful, incarceration may result.
If you are facing charges of disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offenses in New Jersey, Todd Spodek Law Firm can help you avoid harsh outcomes. Our lawyers are available 24/7 and offer customized legal services tailored explicitly for your unique case. Contact us today at 212-300-5196 for assistance and support with your case to ensure a favorable verdict.
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