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New Jersey Juvenile Crimes FAQ

The attorneys of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC have extensive experience representing juveniles in delinquency proceedings. We have offices in Scotch Plains, Florham Park, Newark and East Brunswick.

The following provide answers to frequently asked question about the juvenile justice system:

Q: Will my child be charged with a crime?

A: In the juvenile justice system, your child will not face criminal charges. Instead, he or she will be charged with committing a delinquent act. Rather than being found guilty, he or she may be found delinquent. While the terminology is different from adult court, your child can still face significant consequences.

Q: What penalties will my child face?

A: The most common penalty is probation, which may be combined with restitution, community service, counseling and other requirements. However, juveniles can also face detention for an extended period of time.

Q: Can my child be tried as an adult?

A: If the offense is serious enough, your child can be waived to adult court, where he or she will face criminal charges and adult penalties.

Q: Will my child have a criminal record?

A: Your child will have an arrest record and a court record. While those records will be sealed to the general public, they will be visible to law enforcement, the military and the government.

Q: Do I need to hire an attorney?

A: Anyone who faces serious penalties such as detention should be represented by an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, you can use a public defender. However, public defenders are often overworked and cannot always devote the same amount of time and resources to your child’s defense.

Q: Can my child face sanctions at school for an act of delinquency?

A: In addition to court penalties, your child can face sanctions at school, up to and including expulsion.

 

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