Municipal Court - Do I need an Attorney?
So you have been stopped and issued tickets. What's next? First, check the bottom of the ticket. It should contain a date for your 1st appearance or Court Date. Check if the "Court Appearance Required" box on the ticket is checked off, as well. (Usually, this will give you some indication that the matter is serious). READ the back of your ticket - you may have the option of "calling in" your first appearance plea or, under the right circumstances, you may wish to plead "Guilty" to the ticket(s).*
Individual Criminal Charges heard in Municipal Court can have a potential fine of up to $1,000.00 (plus Court costs and State Assessments), the potential of 6 months incarceration and a loss of driver's license of up to 2 years. Alcohol and/or Drug Charges which involve the use of a car have mandatory minimum loss of driving privileges as a potential outcome, as well.
By retaining counsel experienced in Municipal Court matters, even if you are guilty, you may be able to save "points" on your license, keep your insurance premiums down, keep your license, avoid jail and minimize your fines.
* NOTE: If you plan to plead "Guilty" to the ticket(s), please know that there may be additional/significant impact on your insurance premium/coverage, MVC surcharge, and/or potential loss of driving privileges.