Bound by state laws, the municipal court system focuses on local jurisdiction pertaining to the surrounding community or city. Prior to entering the municipal court for a dispute or complaint, you should consider hiring legal representation. The consequences of local violations may have long-term effects. Large fines, court costs, lengthy jail time, higher insurance premiums, or loss of privileges may be the end result. An expert lawyer will be able to negotiate on your behalf to ensure your rights are protected.
Municipal Court Cases
From traffic violations to noise ordinances, the municipal court hears a variety of cases on a daily basis. These cases generally fall into one of three categories. Regardless of the type of case, the outcome can be less unfavorable without the use of a highly qualified lawyer.
- Traffic-Related Laws
Traffic-related laws include a wide array of offenses, including the following motor vehicle violations:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended or revoked license
- Driving without insurance coverage
- Traffic violations including speeding, careless driving or reckless driving or use of a cell phone without a hands free device
When a violation has occurred, the consequences could have a negative impact on your daily life. Losing your driver’s license may affect your ability to go to work or to take care of other obligations.
- Minor Criminal Offenses
In some cases, the first criminal act in the lower court system is considered a misdemeanor. A second offense may result in a felony classification.
- Underage drinking
- Assault and battery
- Domestic violence
- Drug possession
- Local Laws
- Breaking noise ordinances
- Failure to have proper permits
- Writing bad checks
Each category covers a wide range of offenses. The state interests are protected by the local prosecutor. Before making the decision to represent yourself, consider how the outcome could affect your daily life. An experienced lawyer will act as your personal advocate by protecting your interests through each step of the process.