The bottom line is that you can be sentenced to up to 5 years probation on a 4th degree offense.
On its face, your lawyer got the offense down from a 1st degree (most serious indictable offense in NJ) to a 4th degree offense (least serious indictable offense in NJ), which is a GREAT result. You also NEVER would have gotten PTI on a 1st degree charge, which may be why your lawyer didn't even have you apply.
Perhaps start with the lawyer that represented you and see if he/she can your...
Yes, if you take an online driving course, the 2 points will be removed from your NJ driver's abstract. You can then supply the completion form to your insurance company so as to avoid any effect on your premium.
Just make sure to read the fine print before you decide to take the course - sometimes NJ MVC will put you on "probation" for a period of time after you take one of their courses and if you get any additional tickets, they can suspend your license.
When you are placed on probation, you agree to the "Standard Conditions of Probation," among which is submitting to drug and alcohol testing if your probation officer deems such testing appropriate.
If you are certain that you will fail, be forthcoming about it. It may go a long way.
If you don't want the DWI/DUI on your record, then you should hire an experienced lawyer to attack the case. As my colleague previously indicated, plea bargaining is prohibited in NJ on DWI/DUI cases, so your best bet is to try to find an issue that may serve to defeat the case - if there is an issue with either (1) the motor vehicle stop, (2) the roadside tests, and/or (3) the administration of the Alcotest, you've got a shot at reducing the potential penalties or even getting the DWI/DUI...
In short, yes - it will remain on your record and appear on a background check.
More importantly, however, are the potential immigration consequences of what happened. It sounds as though you were entered into the Conditional Discharge/Dismissal Program in Municipal Court, which generally requires a guilty plea as a condition of entry. If you pled guilty to shoplifting, that can have a SERIOUS impact on your immigration application. Consult with an attorney ASAP.
More information is needed to accurately answer this question, but based on what you have posted....
YES, both counties can prosecute him for eluding even if the offenses happened on the same day, assuming they are separate offenses. For example, if he eluded officers in Essex County at some point earlier in the day and was charged and then went back out and eluded officers in Middlesex County at some point later in the day and was charged again, they are separate offenses. There was a...
There are a few things that you need to consider. First and foremost, as my colleagues have indicated, there is never a 100% chance that you will anything. Issues can always arise. Second, you need to consider whether the defendants have any money to pay a civil verdict. This last consideration may also affect whether an attorney will be willing to take the case, since most personal injury-type civil suits are handled on a contingency basis (meaning that the attorney only gets paid if the...
Those are very serious charges with very serious penalties. If you can't afford a private lawyer, he should apply for the Public Defender immediately. He can fill out a "5A" application in the jail.
Fees can vary drastically depending on a host of factors, including the seriousness of your charges.
If you want to apply for a Public Defender, you can certainly do that when you go to court. You will likely appear for an "intake" appointment first - if you advise them that you want a Public Defender, they will provide you with the appropriate paperwork and review your application.