NEW JERSEY JUVENILE CRIMES LAWYER
We all know juveniles make mistakes. However, when the criminal justice system gets involved, it is important to protect the legal rights of your children as the consequences of these mistakes can potentially have lifetime consequences. Consulting with an experienced New Jersey Juvenile Crimes Lawyer as early in the juvenile criminal process as possible is very important in order to protect the legal rights of your children.
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In New Jersey, juveniles (those under the age of 18) are generally not charged with crimes. Juveniles are charged with Acts of Delinquency. Acts of Delinquency are offenses that would be considered criminal if performed by an adult.
Common Acts of Delinquency
- CDS/Drug possession and distribution
- Drug paraphernalia
- Underage drinking
- Theft or shoplifting
- Criminal mischief
- Weapons possession
- Disorderly conduct
- Eluding the police
- Resisting arrest
- Domestic violence
- Terroristic threats
- Public intoxication
- Destruction of Property
Juvenile Criminal Process
Juvenile criminal cases are handled differently and depend upon the nature of the charge. Minor offenses can sometimes be handled by parents and the police without the filing of a delinquency complaint. In cases involving more significant offenses, a delinquency complaint is filed with the Family Division of the Superior Court. In those cases, an attorney is required unless the case is referred to a Juvenile Conference Committee, which is a panel of individuals that handle the case informally. Therefore, it is important to consult with an experienced New Jersey Juvenile Crimes Lawyer as early in the juvenile criminal process as possible. Juveniles have the right to remain silent. However, parents can waive that right. It is important for parents to consult with an attorney before waiving a juvenile’s right to remain silent.
If the case proceeds to the Family Division, there is one important difference between adult court and juvenile court. In juvenile court, there is no right to a trial by jury. The case is decided by a judge. In addition, the sentencing is usually handled the same judge if there is an adjudication (conviction).
Penalties for Acts of Delinquency
- Out-Patient Counseling
- Detention in a Residential Counseling Program
- Community Service
With respect to incarceration, the term of incarceration differs from that of the adult criminal justice system. First degree crimes may result in 4 years incarceration (not including murder). Second degree crimes may result in 3 years incarceration. Third degree crimes may result in 2 years incarceration. Fourth degree crimes may result in 1 year of incarceration.
Juveniles Charged as Adults
In some cases, juveniles can be charged as adults. If a juvenile is charged as an adult, the consequences are extremely severe and can result in many years of imprisonment, which is another reason to consult with an attorney as early in the process as possible.
New Jersey Juvenile Crimes Lawyer – (908) 358-2938
The Sloan Law Firm handles juvenile criminal cases in Union County, Middlesex County, Morris County, Somerset County, Essex County and throughout New Jersey. The firm will aggressively fight to obtain the best possible result available to your child, including deferred dispositions. In certain cases, an experienced New Jersey Juvenile Crimes Attorney may be able to convince the court that a deferred disposition or probation is in the best interest of the juvenile. A deferred disposition could potentially provide your child with a second chance and avoid a criminal record if certain conditions are met. If you would like a free initial consultation to discuss your child’s case, call the Sloan Law Firm at: (908) 358-2938.