Frequently Asked Question

WHAT IS A NON-INDICTABLE OFFENSE IN NEW JERSEY?

  • Considered less serious offenses, and comparable to misdemeanors in other States, non-indictable offenses not subject to grand jury presentment in New Jersey.
  • Examples include disorderly and petty disorderly offenses.
  • Non-indictable offenses are generally punishable by a fine or jail sentence of no more than six months. Though often heard in the Municipal Court, a case heard in Superior Court can be resolved by amending the charges into a non-indictable offense.

WHAT IS AN INDICTABLE OFFENSE IN NEW JERSEY?

  • Comparable to a felony in other States, indictable crimes are serious offenses that are brought up to a grand jury.
  • They are classified by degree in the order of their seriousness from a first degree crime to a fourth degree crime, with first degree offenses having the most severe penalties.
  • Indictable offenses are generally punishable by a fine or jail sentence of more than six months.
  • All Indictable offenses are heard in the Superior Court.

THE POLICE CALLED ME TO COME TO THE PRECINCT AND ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS/GIVE MY VERSION OF THE STORY, SHOULD I GO?

  • Contact an Attorney immediately. It is always best to have legal representation before talking to the police in order to secure your rights.

CAN I WAIVE CHILD SUPPORT IF BOTH PARTIES AGREE TO IT?

  • No. Under New Jersey Law Child Support cannot be waived.