LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR CHILDREN CHARGED WITH JUVENILE CASES
Has your son or daughter been arrested and charged with a criminal offense? If your child is under 18 years of age and is under investigation for a crime, it is likely he/she will be charged as a juvenile. Although a juvenile may be charged with any crime that an adult can commit, some crimes are specific to juvenile crimes, such as: underage drinking, curfew violations, or truancy.
If your child or teenager has been charged with a juvenile offense in the State of New Jersey, it is imperative that you speak with an attorney that is highly skilled in the criminal and juvenile court setting. You must act immediately to preserve you and your child’s interests. The earlier an attorney can engage on your child’s behalf, the better. This is because an early investigation by the defense can weaken the Prosecution’s case.
All professional licensing bodies such as the State Bar Associations, Nursing and Medical Schools, and Accounting Boards will require disclosure of all arrests and charges, whether they occurred as a juvenile or an adult.
A conviction remains on a convicted person’s record for life unless his or her lawyer formally files a motion to have the record sealed (expunged). We can also help with the process of having your criminal record (adult or juvenile) sealed. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) compiles arrest information provided by law enforcement agencies each year and creates reports examining the trends, rates, and statistics of juvenile criminal activity.
Every four years the OJJDP publishes a comprehensive study as part of its Juvenile Offenders and Victims National Report Series. Roughly half of all youth arrests are made on account of theft, simple assault, drug abuse, disorderly conduct, and curfew violations. OJJDP statistics show theft as the greatest cause of youth arrests.
About New Jersey Juvenile Crimes
Juveniles are subject to the same criminal laws as adults in New Jersey. While the Court process for juvenile matters is different from cases involving adults, the potential penalties can be just as serious. As a result, if your child or loved one has been accused of a crime, it is imperative that you understand the law and your rights, and consult an experienced juvenile criminal defense attorney.
Juvenile cases are heard in the New Jersey Superior Court, Family Part, in the county where the offense allegedly occurred. As such, the young defendants are required to appear before a Superior Court Judge. All prosecutor’s offices in New Jersey have juvenile crimes units, made up of assistant prosecutors responsible for these types of matters. If the crime is deemed to be especially serious, the State may petition to have the matter heard in adult criminal court. Your juvenile defense lawyer can negotiate with the prosecutor or, if necessary, conduct a trial before the Judge.
Juvenile cases span a wide area of charges, including assault, drug possession, theft, robbery, burglary, resisting arrest, aggravated assault and internet crimes. An experienced juvenile criminal defense lawyer can advise you of the particular elements the State must prove to bring a case involving any of these charges.
While every case is different, New Jersey embraces a public policy of rehabilitation when it comes to most juvenile offenders. The process is intended to address criminal activity in a way that will discourage the young defendant from committing such acts in the future. To this end, your defense attorney and the prosecutor will often agree to diversionary programs, which are alternatives to traditional prosecution. Such resolutions may include probationary conditions which, if successfully completed, may result in an ultimate dismissal of charges.
While public access to juvenile records is restricted, a conviction of any crime will remain on the juvenile’s record for life. The only way to have the conviction removed is to seek an expungement. Our juvenile criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience filing applications for expungement.
Sometimes youthful indiscretions can present lifelong consequences. As a result, it is important that you have access to an experienced and capable juvenile defense attorney. We are available for free consultation at any time.
We represent juveniles accused of all types of crimes; including, but not limited to:
We welcome the opportunity to represent your child. Thomas H. Martin is an experienced and aggressive juvenile criminal defense attorney and will make every effort to keep juvenile cases in juvenile court to avoid the possibility of your juvenile being charged as an adult (this can arise from only the most severe charges). Contact the Law Office of Thomas H. Martin, for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.
We take pride in representing clients and have extensive experience in the juvenile court system to make certain that the child is provided with all the safeguards available to the full extent of the law and to ensure that his or her future is not unduly compromised.
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