Yes, that's right, you can lose your job as a result of conviction of charges brought against you in municipal court. No, I'm not talking about losing your job because you lost your driver's license in a DUI; I'm talking about fired because of the conviction itself.
If you hold public employment or a public office and are convicted of a disorderly (or petty disorderly) persons offense (what other states call "misdemeanors"), you stand to lose your job as a "collateral consequence" (i.e. it is not part of the sentence, but a result of it).
If your job meets this definition, you stand to lose it in one of two contexts:
- You are convicted of an offense involving dishonesty.
- If you are convicted of something that "involves or touches upon" your public office or employment.
Municipal court prosecutors are being instructed to investigate forfeiture issues in cases, so if you are facing a charge like this and hold public office or employment, it is best to get an attorney. Find out more!