Criminal Defense Lawyer for Arrest at Rider University

Arrested at Rider University?

Just like every other college in the country, Rider University deals with its fair share of “crime” each and every year. Some of the most typical arrests seen on and around the Rider campus, located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, include but are not limited to underage drinking, simple assault, disorderly conduct, driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, and possession of a fake id. Although these certainly are not crimes of the century, the potentially devastating consequences that follow any of the aforementioned offenses can have lasting effects on someone’s life. That includes the obvious potential for a criminal record or even jail time but it also includes the potential forfeiture of scholarships as well as being expelled from the university. Those are just a few of the reasons that if you or a loved one has been charged with a crime at or around Rider University that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible if for nothing else to at least learn your options.

Criminal Attorney Near Rider University

Most of the individuals charged with a criminal offense at Rider University will be forced to deal with their case at the Lawrenceville Municipal Court, which is located just down the road from the university. If the charges are classified as an indictable offense, which is New Jersey’s version of a felony, then the case will need to be transferred to the Mercer County Superior Court, which is located in Trenton. Regardless of the charges or where the case is litigated, the Keith Oliver Criminal Law can help. Our attorneys have dedicated their careers to defending those accused of crimes in courts throughout the area, including the Lawrence Municipal Court and Mercer County Superior Court. We are well aware of what goes on at college and we are dedicated to making sure that a simple lapse in judgement or alcohol fueled incident does not jeopardize your future. If you would like to set up a free initial consultation today, then please contact our local office at 609-789-0779. One of our Mercer County criminal defense attorneys will be glad to go over the specifics of your case and formulate a game plan of how to attack the charges. As always, our initial consultations are free of costs, so if you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Charged with a Disorderly Persons Offense at Rider?

Anyone charged with a disorderly persons offense, which is New Jersey version of a misdemeanor, will be forced to defend the charges in the Lawrence Municipal Court. It is important to note here that a disorderly persons offense is a degree of a crime and a crime in and of itself. The Lawrence Municipal Court is located at 2211 Lawrenceville Road. The Honorable Lewis J. Korngut, J.M.C. is the presiding judge and court will be held every Monday at 4:30 p.m. and every Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.. Some of the most common disorderly persons offenses issued at Rider University include:

Anyone charged with a disorderly persons offense in Lawrenceville will be facing the potential following penalties:

  • 6 Months in Jail
  • $1,000 Fine
  • Fees & Assessments around $750 (drug offenses)
  • Criminal Record
  • Probation
  • Community Service
  • Court Order Alcohol / Drug Classes
  • License Loss

A conviction for a disorderly persons offense will remain on an individual’s record for at least three years. Once three years has expired, they must petition the court to expunge their record. For more information on expunging a disorderly persons conviction in Mercer County, please click the link.

Facing a Felony Charge From Incident at Rider University?

All indictable crimes, which are New Jersey’s version of a felony offense will need to be transferred out of the Lawrence Municipal Court to the Mercer County Superior Court, which is located a 400 South Warren Street in Trenton for disposition. As one would imagine, the potential penalties drastically increase when facing a felony offense as compared to a misdemeanor offense. It does not take much to be charged with a felony offense in New Jersey. Some of the most common felony offenses charged with and around Rider University include:

Felony offenses in New Jersey can be classified as either a first, second, third or fourth degree. The degree of the offense will dictate the potential penalties that one faces. Here is a brief overview of of the potential range of penalties one faces when convicted of a felony offense in Mercer County:

  • Up to 20 Years in Prison
  • Fine up to $200,000
  • Felony Criminal Record
  • Probation
  • Community Service
  • License Loss
  • Court Ordered Rehabilitation

Facing Criminal Charges at Rider University?

Whether you have been arrested and charged with a disorderly persons offense, indictable offense or served with a restraining order for an incident that took place at or around Rider University, the Keith Oliver Criminal Law can help. A criminal conviction, let alone a potential jail sentence will almost certainly have a devastating impact on someone’s future. If you would like to speak to one of our criminal defense attorneys about your options, then please contact us directly at 609-789-0779 or you can try contacting us online. Understanding your options is absolutely crucial.

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Author: Keith G. Oliver

Founding partner Keith G. Oliver has a passion for helping people who are caught up in the criminal justice system. He believes that everyone has a right to be presumed innocent, and that one mistake shouldn’t define a person forever. This passion drives Mr. Oliver to tirelessly fight for his clients and pursue the best possible outcome in every case.