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  1. What can I expect when I come to court?
  2. How do I get a public defender?
  3. What do I do if I get a ticket and have a question?
  4. If I wish to appear at court to contest my ticket what do I do?
  5. How do I pay my ticket?
  6. What do I do if I lost my ticket?
  7. Where can I get legal advice if I am not eligible for a public defender?
  8. What do I do if I cannot appear at court on the date scheduled?
  9. If the judge suspends my Driverís License may I get a special license to drive to and from work?
  10. What do I do if I do not have money to pay my fines on court night?
  11. The motor vehicle violation on my ticket is not listed on the back of the ticket. What should I do?
  12. What happens if I fail to pay my ticket or fines?
  13. How do I get a copy of my driver's abstract?
  14. My driverís license is suspended. How do I get it restored?
  15. How do I file an Appeal?
  16. Your question is not here?
  17. Your question is not here? Please let us know

1. What can I expect when I come to court?

Copies of the "Your Day in Court" are available at the Dumont Violations Bureau at Borough Hall or call 201-387-5032 to request a copy. You may also go to the New Jersey Judiciary website for a copy of the brochure.


- Last Update: August 27, 2010 which is 1426 days ago. - Top

2. How do I get a public defender?

In order to get a public defender you must come to court and complete a Financial Questionnaire to Establish Indigency-Municipal Court Form. The judge will review the completed form. The judge will grant his approval if you are eligible and advise you what you must pay for the services of the public defender. The maximum amount charged for a public defender is $200.

You can download a copy of the "Financial Questionnaire to Establish Indigency - Municipal Courts Form from the "Download Forms" section on the home page of our website.


- Last Update: August 27, 2010 which is 1426 days ago. - Top

3. What do I do if I get a ticket and have a question?

Please call the Dumont Violations Office at 201-387-5032/5033.


- Last Update: July 22, 2010 which is 1462 days ago. - Top

4. If I wish to appear at court to contest my ticket what do I do?

Please call the Dumont Violations Office at 201-387-5032/5033.


- Last Update: July 22, 2010 which is 1462 days ago. - Top

5. How do I pay my ticket?

You may pay at the Dumont Violations Office with cash, check or money order. You may pay online with a credit card at njmcdirect.com


- Last Update: July 22, 2010 which is 1462 days ago. - Top

6. What do I do if I lost my ticket?

Please call the Dumont Violations Office at 201-387-5032/5033 and give them your plate number or driverís license information.


- Last Update: July 22, 2010 which is 1462 days ago. - Top

7. Where can I get legal advice if I am not eligible for a public defender?

You may contact the N.J. State Bar Association for Bergen County Referral Service, 15 Bergen St. Hackensack, NJ 07601, Phone: 201-488-0044 or log on to www.bergenbar.org


- Last Update: July 22, 2010 which is 1462 days ago. - Top

8. What do I do if I cannot appear at court on the date scheduled?

Please call the Dumont Violations Office at 201-387-5032/5033 and request a new court date.


- Last Update: July 22, 2010 which is 1462 days ago. - Top

9. If the judge suspends my Driverís License may I get a special license to drive to and from work?

No, temporary driverís licenses are not issued in the State of New Jersey for this purpose.


- Last Update: July 22, 2010 which is 1462 days ago. - Top

10. What do I do if I do not have money to pay my fines on court night?

Full payment is expected on court night. If you do not have the money to pay all your fines you must complete the Financial Questionnaire to Establish Indigency-Municipal Court Form. The judge will review the form and determine whether or not you are eligible for a Time Payment Plan.


- Last Update: July 22, 2010 which is 1462 days ago. - Top

11. The motor vehicle violation on my ticket is not listed on the back of the ticket. What should I do?

Please call the Dumont Violations Office at 201-387-5032/5033.


- Last Update: July 22, 2010 which is 1462 days ago. - Top

12. What happens if I fail to pay my ticket or fines?

If you fail to pay your fines/tickets your driverís license may be suspended or a warrant may be issued.


- Last Update: July 22, 2010 which is 1462 days ago. - Top

13. How do I get a copy of my driver's abstract?

You may contact the N.J. Dept. of Motor Vehicles at 609-292-7500 or go online www.state.nj.us/mvc/Licenses/DriverHistory.htm.


- Last Update: July 22, 2010 which is 1462 days ago. - Top

14. My driverís license is suspended. How do I get it restored?

You must make certain all fines with all courts are paid in full. Then you must contact the N.J. Dept. of Motor Vehicles at 609-292-7500.


- Last Update: July 22, 2010 which is 1462 days ago. - Top

15. How do I file an Appeal?

Appeals must be filed within 20 days after the entry of judgment with the Superior Court. A check for $400 payable to Tape Reporters must be given to the court administrator for the transcript. A filing fee of $75 payable to the State of N.J.- Judiciary is submitted along with the Notice of Appeal to the Criminal Division Manager. If you are unable to pay for filing an appeal, ask the court staff at either the municipal or superior court how to apply for the waiver of the filing fee. You may get an application at the Dumont Violations Office or at New Jersey Courts Online on the infonet.


- Last Update: July 22, 2010 which is 1462 days ago. - Top

16. Your question is not here?

Please call the Violations Office at 201-387-5032/5033.


- Last Update: July 22, 2010 which is 1462 days ago. - Top

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