Businesses Facing Local Violations
It is not unheard of for a municipality to issue a summons and complaint to a business entity or one of its officers in an effort to address environmental, health and safety, nuisance and code violation issues affecting real property in the municipality. Often, a municipality will issue a summons and complaint to the CEO or other high ranking officer. If there is a failure to appear, the municipality will issue a warrant for the CEO or other high ranking officer’s arrest. This practice is occurring on a more frequent basis against mortgagees and/or mortgage loan servicers. Sandelands Eyet has extensive experience in representing mortgagees, loan servicers and their officers when they are sued in municipal court.
Individuals Facing Local Violations
Municipal matters include motor vehicle charges, local health or municipal code violations, and lesser criminal matters. Each municipality or a collective of municipalities will have a local court system to process claims and, when necessary, try cases. A judge, retained by the municipality, will preside over the court. A prosecutor, also retained by the municipality, will represent the State in each matter.
Individuals often represent themselves in matters pending in municipal court. However, the penalties if convicted can be significant, both in terms of cost and impact on your freedom, job, driver’s license and insurance premiums. Further, for some violations, a mandatory prison sentence may be imposed. If you have been accused of a municipal violation, contact our office to speak with an attorney that understands your situation, can advise you on what to expect with the charges that you are facing, and can protect your interests as effectively as possible.