Elizabeth City

Traffic and Criminal Offenses

Town Overview

Just south of Newark airport, the diverse City of Elizabeth is home to nearly 126,000 residents. The City has several sections. Westminster, Elmora Hills and Elmora are upper-middle class sections; North Elizabeth is a working/middle-class neighborhood; Elizabethport, Warinanco Park, Peterstown and Midtown are lower-middle class sections. Elizabeth City is NJ’s largest UEZ (Urban Enterprise Zone) and is this a big shopping district due to the relief from taxes on most shopping goods. The city does have its share of crime and bad areas. Elizabeth city is home to Union County College, the historic St. Patrick’s Church in Elizabethport, Ritz Theatre in the downtown (midtown) area and the Goethals Bridge which terminates in Peterstown. Bonnell House, the oldest structure in Elizabeth City is believed to be nearly 300 years old. The City lies adjacent to Newark International Airport. I-95 (NJ Turnpike), I-78, Garden State Parkway, US Rt 1, US Rt 9, US Rt 22 and Routes 27, 28, 82 and 439 traverse the city. Elizabeth is home to the Singer Sewing machine company. Trinitas Hospital is located in the heart of the city. Many offenses in Elizabeth occur in residential areas. The Elizabeth City Police maintain speed traps and check points on a fairly regular basis. Raymond Albert Raya, Esq. appears in Elizabeth City Municipal Court on a regular basis for private clients.  With his breath of experience, Raymond Albert Raya, Esq. knows how to defend your rights and to successfully resolve your motor vehicle charge or criminal offense in Elizabeth City.  Whether the offense is Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Possession of Drugs/CDS or a minor moving violation, Raymond Albert Raya, Esq. possesses the unique insight and personal contacts to help you through this ordeal.  Contact our office for a free consultation to see what we can do for you.

Elizabeth City Municipal Court

The Elizabeth City Municipal Court only hears misdemeanor criminal offenses and traffic offense cases.  In some instances, individuals charged with more serious offenses will have their initial court appearance in Elizabeth City Municipal Court before their matter is transferred to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office in Elizabeth.  A conviction for a violation like DWI, driving while suspended, or possession of marijuana can tarnish your record for a long time.  While the penalties of monetary fines, loss of driving privileges, community service, probation and sometimes even jail can be life-altering, the stigma of a having a criminal or motor vehicle conviction on your permanent record can haunt you for years to come.  Our office fights to avoid these outcomes.  We handle all Elizabeth City Municipal Court charges including Underage Drinking, Possession of Marijuana, Shoplifting, Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Mischief, Speeding, Reckless Driving, Racing, DWI, Refusal, driving without insurance and driving while suspended or revoked.  We also help you seek the help you need if your actions were the result of a drug or alcohol addiction.  If you are being prosecuted for a criminal charge or traffic ticket like one of these, give our offices a call and tell us about your situation.


The Elizabeth City Municipal Court is located at 208 Commerce Place, Elizabeth, NJ 07201. Their phone number there is (908) 558-6800 and the fax number is (908) 558-1503. The Honorable Roman A. Montes is the presiding judge. Margaret Gonzalez is the municipal court administrator. Find out more at http://www.elizabethnj.org/index.html

Directions to Elizabeth City Municipal Court

Elizabeth City Municipal Building is located at 208 Commerce Place, Elizabeth, NJ 07201.

From New Jersey Turnpike Northbound

Exit at Interchange 13, (I-278, Elizabeth, Verrazano Bridge) Bear right follow access ramp for Elizabeth, Rt. 439, at exit light bear left on NJ 439 (Bayway). Follow Rt. 439 to (third traffic light) South Broad Street (just past Roosevelt Junior High School). Turn RIGHT onto So. Broad Street and go about one mile to center of town (just past Union County Courthouse) to Dickinson Street (McDonald’s on corner). Turn LEFT onto Jefferson Avenue go to middle of block, Public metered parking garage on your left, City Hall rear entrance on your right.

From New Jersey Turnpike Southbound

Exit at Interchange 13A, (Newark Airport-Elizabeth) Bear left, follow sign for Elizabeth US 1 & 9 South, go about 1 ¼ miles on US 1 & 9 South, after going under first railroad bridge, keep right, go to second traffic light, turn RIGHT onto East Jersey Street go to third traffic light to Jefferson Avenue. Turn LEFT onto Jefferson Avenue go to middle of block. Public metered parking garage on your right, City Hall rear entrance on our left.

From Garden State Parkway-Northbound or Southbound

Take Exit 137, (Roselle Pk-Elizabeth-Cranford) at exit ramp traffic light turn LEFT onto North Avenue NJ 28, road changes to Westfield Avenue in Elizabeth. Stay on Westfield Avenue (about 4 miles) until the end at North Broad Street. Turn RIGHT onto N. Broad Street go under the railroad bridge, (The Elizabeth Arch) continue on Broad Street to Dickinson Street (McDonald’s on corner). Turn LEFT onto Dickinson Street go one block to Jefferson Avenue. Turn LEFT onto Jefferson Avenue go to middle of block, Public metered parking garage on your left, City Hall rear entrance on your right.

From US 1&9 Northbound

At Bayway Circle, (US 1 & 9 and NJ 439) Turn RIGHT onto NJ 439 (Bayway, at the second traffic light turn LEFT onto South Broad Street, continue about 1 mile to center of town and follow directions as above from NJ Turnpike Northbound.

From US 1&9 Southbound

Take local or express lanes, past Newark International Airport into Elizabeth, keep right after first railroad bridge and follow directions as above for NJ Turnpike Southbound.

From Railroad

The Elizabeth Station (W. Grand Street & Broad Street) is on the main service line of N.J. Transit, (www.njtransit.com or 1-800-773-2222) Northeast Corridor Line and North Jersey Coastline and Amtrak or 1-800-USA-RAIL. Taxi service is available at the station. It’s a three-block walk to City Hall

If you are arrested or charged in Elizabeth City contact an attorney immediately to begin working on your case. You are not alone in this suffering.  Our office stands ready to shoulder your burden and guide you every step of the way.
The Law Offices of Raymond Albert Raya, Esq. is located at 54 Court Street, Freehold, New Jersey 07728, and our office defends individuals arrested and charged with criminal and traffic offenses in Elizabeth City Municipal Court located at 208 Commerce Place, Elizabeth, NJ 07201, including DUI, DWI, Speeding, Driving While Uninsured, Underage Drinking, Driving While Suspended, Driving Without Insurance, Simple Assault, Harassment, Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Mischief.