BOROUGH of CRESSKILL

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In an effort to help us quickly answer your question, we are displaying a series of the most Frequently Asked Questions that the borough receives.  If a question pertains to a particular department, please check that department for your question. 

   Cresskill Municipal Court
      - Why is there a court date on my ticket?
      - Why is my court appearance required?
      - What if I cannot appear on the date listed for court?
      - I received a failure to appear notice. Why am I being charged a late fee?
      - What do I do if I just want to plead guilty?
      - How do I know the cost of my ticket?
      - What will happen after I plead not guilty?
      - How do I know if I will receive motor vehicle points on my license?
      - Will I get insurance points by pleading guilty?
      - I have been charged with a criminal offense and I wish to plead guilty. Do I still have to appear in court?
      - I want to sign a complaint against someone. How do I do that?
 


    Cresskill Municipal Court
          Why is there a court date on my ticket?
All summons or complaints will have a court date listed by the complaining officer.  If your ticket is a payable violation your payment is due by this date.


          Why is my court appearance required?
For certain offenses, the court requires the appearance of the defendant.  If the "court appearance required" field on the face of your ticket has been checked off by the officer, you must appear on the date and time listed.


          What if I cannot appear on the date listed for court?
If there is a personal conflict with the pending appearance date, contact the court to see about scheduling a new court appearance date.  In most instances, the court will usually grant one adjournment to allow litigants to make arrangements to be in court.


          I received a failure to appear notice. Why am I being charged a late fee?
If you allow your court appearance date to lapse, or you failed to pay your violations, you are then subject to additional penalties once the first court date has passed.


          What do I do if I just want to plead guilty?
You have a few different options available to you.  You may send payment through the mail by sending a check or money order payable to this court.  You can visit the violations bureau during regular business hours to complete your transaction.  You may also pay online by visiting http://www.njmcdirect.com/.


          How do I know the cost of my ticket?
The penalties for the most commonly charged offenses are listed on the back of the summons issued to you .  If you do not see the offense listed, you should call the court to determine the total amount due.  You may also view the statewide violations bureau schedule at http://www.njmcdirect.com/


          What will happen after I plead not guilty?
The court will accept not guilty pleas for any violation filed in this court.  After the entry of a not guilty plea, the court will advise you that a new court appearance date will be sent by mail.  This is necessary so that the court can notify the police officer to be present in court.


          How do I know if I will receive motor vehicle points on my license?
The court does not issue points on your license, however, all pleas of guilty to moving violations are reported to the Motor Vehicle Commission that issued your license.  You should contact your local motor vehicle office to determine whether or not points will be assessed.  You may also visit www.nj.gov/mvc to determine if your violation will carry points.


          Will I get insurance points by pleading guilty?
The court cannot determine what individual insurance companies will do regarding a plea of guilty or a finding of guilty to certain moving violations.  It is advisable to contact your insurance carrier to determine if you will face any penalties.


          I have been charged with a criminal offense and I wish to plead guilty. Do I still have to appear in court?
Yes.  All criminal matters are not payable and must be heard in court.  If you intend to plead guilty, you must appear in person so that the Judge may impose sentence.


          I want to sign a complaint against someone. How do I do that?
If you wish to sign a complaint against someone for a moving violation or a criminal offense, you must visit the court office during business hours.  You will need to have the name and address of the person you wish to charge, as well as the statute you wish to have them charged with.  The court cannot assist you in determining what charge to sign.  The court can however provide you with the statute books necessary to determine what violation you wish to seek.  It will then be necessary to have a probable cause hearing before the judge,so that it may be determined whether or not the complaint(s) should be issued.


 




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