Atlantic Highlands Municipal Court Address
100 First Avenue
Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716
Phone Number: (732) 291-3225
Fax Number: (732) 291-3100
Atlantic Highlands Municipal Court Judge and Staff
The Honorable Peter Locascio is the judge who presides over the Atlantic Highlands Borough Municipal Court. Court Administrator Sonia Salinias supervises the daily operations of the Court. The Atlantic Highlands Borough Municipal Court Prosecutor is currently Christine Hanlon, Esq.
The Atlantic Highlands Court is in session on the first and third Monday of each month at 5:00 p.m.
Common Charges at Atlantic Highlands Municipal Court
Between July 2012 and June 2013, Atlantic Highlands charged a total of 449 criminal offenses, including 175 indictable offenses which is a 48% increase from the previous year. In the category of motor vehicle violations, there were 20 DWI and 1,176 moving violations charged.
If you have an indictable charge, it will be handed up to the Monmouth County Superior Court in Freehold. Indictable offenses are often called felonies in other states, and they're more serious than disorderly persons charges. The key difference is that the defendant is potentially exposed to more than 6 months in jail for indictable offenses.
What to Expect on Your Day at Atlantic Highlands Court
Court appearance is required for all criminal matters, DWI charges, and if “court appearance required” is checked on your summons. You must appear even if you intend to plead guilty. The procedure is for defendants, or their attorneys, to check in with the borough prosecutor before your scheduled court session. You or your attorney will advise the prosecutor as to whether you're pleading guilty or not guilty.
It's always to your benefit to plead not guilty because you will gain the opportunity to negotiate with the prosecutor to plead guilty to a lesser charge. It's highly recommended that you obtain the advice of an experienced Atlantic Highlands Borough Municipal Court lawyer, who will conduct these negotiations to get your charges reduced as low as possible. The severity of your charges will have lasting repercussions on your criminal record.
Payment of Fines at Atlantic Highlands Municipal Court
Currently, fines owed to Atlantic Highlands Borough Municipal Court can be paid by credit card only at the court office. The courthouse will accept only cash, check or money order. Payments for traffic tickets only may be made online at www.njmcdirect.com by credit card. The Atlantic Highlands Borough Court ID is 1305.
Experienced Atlantic Highlands Lawyers
The criminal defense law firm of Villani & DeLuca, P.C. is located in the heart of the Jersey Shore, and has very successfully defended many clients facing indictable charges at the municipal court level. Villani & DeLuca attorneys offer free legal consultations to help alleviate your anxiety by discussing all of your legal options. Call (732) 709-7757 for your free phone consultation during the day, at night or on weekends.
About Atlantic Highlands Borough
Atlantic Highlands' land area is 1.2 square miles, and the 2010 Census counted a population of 4,385 people. The view from Atlantic Highlands Borough looks out to where the Atlantic Ocean and Raritan Bay meet at Sandy Hook. Its hills are the highest elevation on the eastern seaboard, south of Maine.
Directions to Atlantic Highlands Municipal Court
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