Randolph H. Wolf Argues Successful Motion to Change Sentence in Municipal Court

May 21, 2014 · Posted in Blog, Criminal Law Blog, Municipal Law Blog 

Reduced Client’s Driver’s License Suspension Time by Two Years

Randolph H. Wolf recently represented a client who, from 1988 through 1998, received various motor vehicle violations in New Jersey, which resulted in numerous orders of suspension.  Those violations included  DWI convictions in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-50 as well as several convictions for driving while suspended in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-40.  During sentencing, the courts ran the suspension periods for each conviction consecutively (or back-to-back), rather than concurrently (or at the time same time).  Read More »

Reducing or Changing a Sentence Imposed in Municipal Court

December 16, 2013 · Posted in Municipal Law Blog 

If you are still serving a sentence imposed by a Municipal Court in New Jersey, it may be possible to have that sentenced reduced.  Rule 7:9-4, entitled “Reduction of Change of Sentence,” gives a defendant the opportunity to reduce or change a sentence previously imposed by a Municipal Court.

The law office Randolph H. Wolf, for example, has filed motions for a reduction or change of sentence in a case where a DWI defendant received an excessive sentence, where they subsequently improve their life by attending outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation as well as Alcoholics Anonymous, and where they have since remained sober for almost ten years.  In another case in which the law office of Randolph H. Wolf filed such a motion, the defendant was convicted of numerous motor vehicle violations for driving while suspended, in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:3-40.  As a result of the numerous orders of suspension imposed by the courts, none of which were run concurrently (or together), the defendant’s license was suspended for well over a decade.  These defendants stand an excellent change of having their sentence reduced due to their circumstances.    Read More »

Vacating Guilty Pleas in Municipal Court

October 1, 2013 · Posted in Blog, Municipal Law Blog 

Frequently, individuals who plead guilty to an offense contact the attorneys at the Law Office of Randolph H. Wolf. Often times these individuals are unhappy with the results of their plea and inquire as to undoing to vacating their guilty pleas. To undo a guilty plea, an individual must first file a motion to withdraw the plea. If the motion is granted, the charges against the individual will be reinstated and the case will be returned to the court’s calendar.
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Conditional Dismissal Program for New Jersey Municipal Courts

August 6, 2013 · Posted in Blog, Municipal Law Blog 

On June 27, 2013, the New Jersey Senate passed bill A-3598/S-2588 by a vote of 38-0.  The bill passed the Assembly in April of 2013 with a vote of 76-0-1. The bill creates a “conditional dismissal” program in New Jersey municipal court for those charged with disorderly and petty disorderly persons offenses. In December of 2012, Governor Christie conditionally vetoed a similar bill due to high program costs.  Bill A-3598/S-2588, however, follows the Governor’s suggested fee structure and, as such, will most likely become law.  According to the text of the bill itself, the law will take effect 120 days after enactment.

The conditional dismissal program would allow those individuals who face criminal sanctions to avoid conviction and expunge their records much quicker.  The program would place eligible participants on probation.  Upon successful completion of probation, the charges against the individual would be dismissed.  Six months after the charges are dismissed, the individual may apply for an expungement of the record of their arrest.  If the individual had actually been convicted of a disorderly or petty disorderly persons offense, on the other hand, they would have to wait five years from the date they completed their sentenced to expunge the record.       Read More »

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