The way you dress for court is the first impression you give the prosecutor and the judge. If you look around all the professionals in the courtroom will be dressed in suits and other appropriate attire. No hats and no sunglasses. Dress as if you were going to a job interview and the you wanted to impress the person doing the interview.
2. Listen Before You Speak
Normally you will be required to speak to either the prosecutor or a police officer about your case before you go in front of the judge. Most times this is the most important part of you day in court. The officer or prosecutor can recommend to the judge that your charges be lowered or even dismissed. Before you speak on your own behalf listen to what the officer or prosecutor has to say. Most times they will offer you a no point violation of a traffic offense or a down grade in a criminal offense.
3. Do Not Call Anyone A Liar.
This is just so important. You may feel that you have been given a ticket or charged with a crime that you are not guilty of. I understand that, it does happen. The best way to deal with that is to defend yourself, defend your actions do not attack your accuser. I have never seen a defendant help his position by saying the "cop is lying". If you but a police officer in a position to defend his integrity you have just upped the case against you. Prior to being called a liar the officer had no personal stake in your case. You can respectfully indicate that you believe the officer made a mistake. It will work much better for you!
Bring An Attorney
Most attorneys have reasonable fees for New Jersey Municipal Court appearances. If you are facing points on your license, a criminal record or jail it would be in your best interest to have representation. Another reason is speed. In New Jersey Municipal Court all defendants with attorneys go before those unrepresented. This is not because attorneys are super important, it is because most lawyers have to be in multiple courts in a single day.
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