Your rights in the Municipal Courts of New Jersey
- You have the right to be informed of the charge against you.
- You have the right to remain silent concerning the charge against you. Anything you say can be used against you.
- You may plead guilty or not guilty to the charge against you. If you choose to plead not guilty, a trial will be scheduled. You must be prepared to proceed at that time.
- You have the right to a reasonable adjournment to speak to an attorney and/or to prepare a defense.
- You have the right to an attorney. You have the right to have an attorney appointed to assist you if the Court finds that:
- You are too poor to afford an attorney, and
- You are facing a sanction of magnitude, namely, a jail term, a suspension of your driving privileges or a substantial fine.
- You are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The State has the burden of proving you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.