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  1. PAYMENT AND GUILTY PLEA

You may plead guilty and pay the penalty, if the check box "Court Appearance Required" has not been checked on the reverse side and the offense is payable without the necessity of a court appearance.  The more frequently charged payable offenses and penalties are listed below.  You may also either sign on to www.njmcdirect.com to determine if the offense is payable and the amount of the penalty or telephone the court.  If you wish to pay the penalty, bring or mail this ticket, together with payment in the amount of the penalty, to the court at the address indicated below prior to the court date displayed on the front of this ticket.  

Payments by mail are to be by check or money order made payable to the Municipal Court.  Do not send cashPlease print the ticket number on the front of the check or money order.  If payment is received by the court after your court date, you may be assessed additional penalties.  A receipt will be sent to you only if your payment is accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope.  

  1. OFFENSE IS NOT PAYABLE OR COURT APPEARANCE REQUIRED

If the offense charged on the reverse is not payable, or if "Court Appearance Required" (see check box on reverse side) is checked, you must appear in court at the time and place indicated, even if you wish to plead guilty.  

  1. PLEA OF NOT GUILTY

If you wish to plead not guilty, you must notify the court at the address and telephone number as shown below at least 7 days prior to the court date listed on the front of this ticket.  If you fail to notify the court, it may be necessary for you to make additional court appearances.  

NOTICE

IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR IN RESPONSE TO THIS SUMMONS OR TO PAY THE PRESCRIBED PENALTY, ADDITIONAL PENALTIES MAY RESULT.  A WARRANT MAY BE ISSUED FOR YOUR ARREST AND YOUR DRIVING PRIVELEGES IN NEW JERSEY MAY BE REVOKED. IF THIS IS A PARKING TICKET YOUR FAILURE TO APPEAR OR PAY THE PRESCRIBED PENALTY SHALL BE CONSIDERED AN ADMISSION OF LIABILITY AND A DEFAULT JUDGMENT MAY BE ENTERED AGAINST THE OWNER OF THE VEHICLE.   

EXCEPT FOR A PARKING TICKET, A RECORD OF THIS CONVICTION WILL BE SENT TO THE MOTOR VEHICLE COMMISSION (MVC) THAT ISSUED YOUR LICENSE EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 30, 2005.  IF YOU HOLD A COMMERICAL DRIVER'S LICENSE AND YOU ARE CONVICTED OF TWO OR MORE SERIOUS TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS, THE MVC MAY, DEPENDING ON YOUR RECORD, SUSPEND YOUR COMMERICAL DRIVING PRIVILEGES EVEN IF THE VIOLATIONS WERE COMMITTED IN A NON-COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE OFFICIAL MVC WEB SITE AT WWW.NJMVC.GOV

Municipal Court Judge – John Meola
Court Administrator – Aarika Will

Deputy Court Administrator  - Sue Inturrisi
Municipal Prosecutor – Ralph Fava
Public Defender - David L. Pine, Esq.

Phone: (973) 427-4767
Fax:     (973) 427-4194

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To make payment via the internet, or for more information, log onto:
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Borough of Hawthorne
Municipal Court
445 Lafayette Ave, Suite 103
Hawthorne, NJ 07506
OFFICE BUSINESS HOURS:  9am - 4pm
Court Sessions are held Thursdays
at 2:00 pm 

*PLEASE NOTIFY THE COURT OF DISABILITY ACCOMMODATION NEEDS*