I represent clients on a daily basis in Morris Plains Municipal Court who are charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), shoplifting, and marijuana possession. Here is some useful information with regard to the Morris Plains Municipal Court.

The Morris Plains Municipal Court is located at 531 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains, New Jersey 07950. The main telephone number for the court is (973)538-4019. The fax number is (973)828-0274. The court personnel are as follows:

  • Judge: Michael A. Carlucci, J.M.C.
  • Court Administrator: Dara Tanzola
  • Prosecutor: Denis Driscoll, esq.
  • Morris Plains Police Department: (973)538-2284

The court is in session every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. For additional information on the Morris Plains Municipal Court, please see the Morris Plains website.

I recently represented a client who was charged with shoplifting in the Morris Plains Municipal Court. My client is a permanent resident present in the United States on a green card and could face deportation if convicted of this offense as shoplifting is considered a “crime of moral terpitude”. The amount of the alleged theft was $20.00. After the State failed to over any downgrade of the shoplifting offense, either to a municipal ordinance or another criminal violation such as disorderly conduct which would not lead to deportation, I filed a motion to have the case heard before the Assignment Judge at the Morris County Superior Court in Morristown, New Jersey.

After the motion, the Judge agreed to dismiss the charges after six (6) months if the defendant completed community service, provided proof of the civil penalty paid to the store ($180.00), and agreed never to return to the store. This was an extremely satisfying result for the client and our firm. This case was featured in the Daily Record newspaper in Morris County; please see the story entitled “Legal immigrant facing possible deportation after $20 theft from Morris Plains Kohl’s.”