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Somerset County Municipal Courts Lawyer

Criminal & DWI Attorneys Represent Clients in Somerset County Municipal Courts

New Jersey Municipal Courts are local courts authorized by the State Constitution. These Courts are restricted to the municipality in which they are located. Each incorporated municipality within Somerset County has its own court. Somerset County Municipal Courts are located in: Bedminster Township, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Bound Brook, Branchburg Township, Bridgewater Township, Far Hills, Franklin Township, Green Brook Township, Hillsborough Township, Manville, Millstone, Montgomery Township, North Plainfield, Peapack-Gladstone, Raritan, Rocky Hill, Somerville, South Bound Brook, Warren Township and Watchung.

Somerset County Municipal Court Offenses

The scope of a Municipal Court’s authority to hear cases is limited. These Courts generally preside over cases within the municipality’s jurisdiction involving traffic tickets, minor criminal offenses, and local ordinance violations. Common Somerset County Municipal Court traffic ticket offenses include:

  • Speeding
  • Drunk Driving: DWI / DUI
  • Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License
  • Driving Without Insurance
  • Careless or Reckless Driving
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Somerset County Municipal Court criminal offenses may involve:

  • Simple Assault
  • Shoplifting (Theft)
  • Possession of Marijuana or Drug Paraphernalia
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Underage Drinking

Local ordinance violations may include:

  • Leash Law infractions
  • Building Code violations

Somerset County Municipal Court Trials

A summons must always be answered. An answer entails either the payment of a fine or an appearance in court. Therefore, Municipal Court appearances are not always required.

In traffic matters, if the “Court Appearance Required” box on your ticket is not checked, you may not be required to appear in court. However, an appearance is still necessary if you wish to have a trial, the charge is not listed on the Statewide Violations Bureau Schedule, or personal injury is involved. If you intend to have a trial, the Court will require that you give 7 days notice.

If the “Court Appearance Required” box is checked, you must appear. Criminal charges always require a court appearance. The Court can suspend the driving privileges and issue an arrest warrant for a defendant who fails to appear.

In Municipal Court, the defendant is always entitled to legal representation. A Public Defender may be assigned to a defendant if there is a risk of jail, loss of driving privileges, or heavy fines. The defendant must also be unable to afford an attorney. If these factors are present, the defendant must apply to the Court for a Public Defender. The application will detail the defendant’s current financial situation. After reviewing the defendant’s application, the Court will determine if assigning a Public Defender is appropriate. If your application for a Public Defender is denied, you are still entitled to representation through a private attorney.

Somerset County Municipal Court Judges, Prosecutors, Websites, and Court Schedules

Municipal Court Judges and Prosecutors are generally appointed by the Mayor, the town council, or the Governor. Court Schedules are determined by each municipality. The following is a list of Somerset County Municipal Court Judges, Prosecutors, Websites, and Court Schedules:

Municipality

Judge

Prosecutor

Website

Court Schedule

Bedminster Township
1 Miller Lane
Bedminster, NJ

Frank Gasiorowski

Stephen O. Davis

www.bedminster.us

Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.

Bernards Township
1 Collyer Lane
Basking Ridge, NJ

Donald P. Bogosian

Stephen O. Davis

www.bernards.org

Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.

Bernardsville
166 Minebrook Road
Bernardsville, NJ

Robert F. Shaul

Miles Winder

www.bernardsvillenj.com/

Mondays at 10:00 a.m.

Bound Brook
230 Hamilton Street
Bound Brook, NJ

Frank Gasiorowski

Christopher S. Bateman

www.boundbrooknj.net/

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Branchburg
1077 US Highway 202 North
Branchburg, NJ

William T. Kelleher

Geoffrey D. Soriano

www.branchburg.nj.us

3rd & 4th Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

Bridgewater Township
505 Route 202-206 South Bridgewater, NJ

William T. Kelleher

Christopher S. Bateman

www.bridgewaternj.gov/

Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.
Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m.

Far Hills
6 Prospect Street
Far Hills, NJ

Robert K. Hornby

Christopher S. Bateman,
Joseph Sordillo

2nd & 4th Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

Franklin Township
475 DeMott Lane
Somerset, NJ

Jeffrey C. Green,
E. Ronald Wright

Hector I. Rodriguez,
Steven D. Rothblatt

www.franklintwpnj.org/

Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.
Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m.
Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

Green Brook Township
111 Greenbrook Road
Green Brook, NJ

Raymond P. DeMarco

John E. Bruder

www.greenbrooktwp.org

Wednesdays at 5:00 (First Appearances) & 7:30 p.m. (Trials)

Hillsborough Township
379 South Branch Road
Hillsborough, NJ

John F. Richardson

Frank A. Blandino

www.hillsborough-nj.org

Mondays at 5:00 p.m.
Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m.

Manville
325 North Main Street
Manville, NJ

Robert J. Foley

Matthew C. Dorsi

www.manvillenj.org/

1st, 3rd & 4th Thursday at 5:00 p.m.

Millstone
215 Millstone Road
Millstone Township, NJ

Jeffrey C. Green

Steven Rothblatt

www.millstone.nj.us/

Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

Montgomery Township
2261 Van Horne Road
Route 206 North
Belle Mead, NJ

Eric M. Perkins

Kim A. Otis

www.twp.montgomery.nj.us

1st, 2nd & 4th Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
3rd Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

North Plainfield
263 Somerset Street
North Plainfield, NJ

Raymond P. DeMarco

Jerrold Kaminsky

www.northplainfield.org

Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.

Peapack-Gladstone
1 School Street
Peapack, NJ

Richard J. Foley

Raymond J. Stine

www.peapack-gladstone-nj.gov

1st & 3rd Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Raritan
22 First Street
Raritan, NJ

William T. Kelleher

Steven J. Sloan

www.raritanboro.org/

Mondays at 7:00 p.m. (Twice Monthly)

Rocky Hill
15 Montgomery Ave.
Rocky Hill, NJ

Eric M. Perkins

Raymond Stein

www.rockyhill-nj.gov/

Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.

Somerville
22 First Street
Raritan, NJ

William T. Kelleher

Elia Pelios

www.somervillenj.org/

Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.

South Bound Brook
12 Main Street
Somerset, NJ

John Leonard

James Fitzgerald

1st & 3rd Monday at 5:00 p.m.

Warren Township
44 Mountain Blvd.
Warren, NJ

Mark S. Adler

Stephen Rothblatt

www.warrennj.org

Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Watchung
840 Somerset Street
Watchung, NJ

Frank Gasiorowski

Raymond J. Stine

www.watchungnj.com/

Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. (Twice Monthly)
Last Monday at 4:00 p.m.

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