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When a juvenile is charged with a crime, it is not uncommon for a parent to want to appear in court on the child’s behalf. However, this is not possible. Every minor that appears in juvenile court in New Jersey is required to have an attorney by his side. This can be an incredibly emotional and unsettling time for the parent and child. Finding out that your son or daughter is being charged with distribution of drugs, assault or another crime can be a double-edged sword. You may be angry at your child and at the system, simultaneously.
It is especially important to have an experienced, compassionate attorney who understands the emotional and legal complexities of juvenile crime charges. Your child’s future is at stake. Don’t put that future in the hands of an inexperienced lawyer. This is a very specific area of criminal defense law and it requires in-depth knowledge of how the laws pertain to juveniles. There is no substitute for experience when hiring an attorney to represent your child. The attorneys at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC will work closely with you and your child to ensure that no detail is missed. We have over 25 years of experience successfully defending juvenile clients, and we will fight hard to protect your child’s rights, keep him out of jail and keep his record clean. We work with clients in Scotch Plains, Westfield, Clark, Cranford, Cherry Hill, Plainfield, Union, Elizabeth and throughout New Jersey.
When a minor (an individual under the age of 18) commits a crime, it is called a juvenile delinquency. It is important to understand that just because it is referred to as a delinquency does not mean it is less serious. It is still a crime and the minor will be sent through a rigorous legal process. The difference is that this process intends to rehabilitate the minor rather than send him to jail. If your child is charged with a juvenile crime, there are several dispositions available to him. These dispositions include:
Juveniles receive similar penalties to adults, however sentencing usually involves a shorter term of incarceration. The list below gives examples of these different exposures to incarceration.
In more serious cases, such as armed robbery, sexual assault or murder, it is not uncommon for an older teen to be charged as an adult. Serious crimes and repeat offenders both increase the chance of being tried as an adult. If this happens, the vast array of legal protections available to a juvenile will fly out the window. Having an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney is your best line of defense when facing juvenile charges. We will work tirelessly to keep your child within the juvenile system and to protect his future.
See the list below for crimes a juvenile can be charged with and understand the juvenile crimes process:
Getting charged with a juvenile crime can be very serious. The good news is that rehabilitation, rather than punishment, is often the focus when a juvenile is charged with a crime. Courts want kids to have a chance to reform themselves. However, this opportunity for a second chance often gives people the misconception that juvenile charges are no big deal. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. First of all, contact with the juvenile system can be very traumatic for your child. It can also affect their future educational and job opportunities. Just as with adults, a juvenile conviction will leave a permanent black mark on your child’s record. Even worse, if your child is a repeat offender, jail time is a very real threat.
The attorneys at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC are especially sensitive to juvenile offenders. We will make sure your child receives the most favorable outcome for his unique situation. Our legal team serves clients in Bridgewater, Somerville, Bedminster, Hillsborough, Bernards Township and throughout New Jersey.
The experienced and successful criminal defense lawyers at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC are ready and willing to take on your child’s case and fight to protect his rights. Contact one of our offices for a free consultation about your case in Newark, West Orange, South Orange, Bloomfield, Montclair and throughout New Jersey. We will fight hard to give your child a second chance.