Ocean County Lawyers NJ

About Ocean County

Ocean County was created in the winter of 1850 from parts of Monmouth County and Burlington County in 1891. It is the fifth most populous county in New Jersey with a population of 576,567, in the 2010 census, which was an increase of 12.8% from the 2000 census. The flat, coastal county has lots of beach space and sits on 950.40 square miles. Toms River is the county seat and has been the fastest growing area in the county since 1990.

Ocean County thrives on tourism. During the summer months, the beaches are covered in tourists and locals that want to enjoy fun in the sun near the Atlantic Ocean. In 2010, the median income for a household was $46,443. The county itself receives most of its tax dollars from tourists visiting the shore. During the summer months, the county is extremely ethnically diverse as people from all over the world visit the Jersey Shore. Residents of the county are also diverse and include African Americans, Caucasians, Asians, Pacific Islanders, and many others.

County government in Ocean County is different. It is made by a Board of Chosen Freeholders. This board includes five members who are elected in partisan elections and is unique to New Jersey. The term "freeholder" was initially created by the New Jersey constitution and is still used today. In layman's terms, freeholders simply mean elected. Each member serves a staggered, three-year term. With this system, one or two seats become available during the yearly general election. As of January 2015, a Director and Deputy Director are chosen from the board's members. The Ocean County Sheriff's Department and prosecutor's office are responsible for law enforcement in the area.

Ocean County Judicial System

There are several courts in Ocean County including the county court, municipal court, and superior court. Most traffic cases are heard in municipal court. The more severe traffic cases are transferred to superior court. The majority of cases start in Ocean County's municipal court and are either settled or transferred to one of the higher courts.

DWI Lawyer Ocean County NJ

DWI law is complex and requires the proof of many elements for conviction. If charged with a DUI or DWI in Ocean County, you will need a lawyer to represent you. In the state of New Jersey, you can be charged with either of these crimes whether you submit to a BAC test or not. If you refuse a blood alcohol content test, you can also face charges for refusing the test.

Ocean County Lawyers

Daniel Berger, Esq., understands the laws governing the county and can provide you with counsel regarding many legal matters; including DUI/DWI cases. His knowledge of county laws allows him to argue your case in the court of law to get you the best outcome. Penalties of a DUI or DWI can range from fines to jail time, and penalties for other crimes can vary from case to case. For more information regarding penalties of driving while under the influence or other legal matters in Ocean County, please contact Daniel Berger, ESQ., for a free consultation.