Your rights in the Municipal Courts of New Jersey


  1. You have the right to be informed of the charge against you.
  2. You have the right to remain silent concerning the charge against you. Anything you say can be used against you.
  3. 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.
  4. You have the right to a reasonable adjournment to speak to an attorney and/or to prepare a defense.
  5. 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.


  1. You are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The State has the burden of proving you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.