A PARENTAL GUIDE TO THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM
It takes a special criminal defense attorney to assist juveniles that are having difficulties with the law. Our northern New Jersey juvenile system lawyers are dedicated to providing the counsel and support necessary to navigate the juvenile system.
We serve clients throughout northern New Jersey, including Morris, Passaic, Essex, Somerset, Union, Sussex and surrounding counties.
New Jersey Juvenile Justice Lawyer
When your minor child has committed a criminal act or violation, they are charged with “juvenile delinquency.” The alleged delinquent act he or she has committed will be outlined in the formal complaint against him or her.
Under some circumstances, depending on the nature of the offense, the age of your child, any prior record and his or her willingness to cooperate, your child’s hearing may be diverted to an alternate panel such as a Juvenile Conference Committee or an Intake Services Conference. If not, his or her case will be heard by a juvenile referee or Superior court judge. You are entitled to and deserve the best possible outcome for your child.
In some cases, your child may be detained, or kept in a youth detention center pending his or her formal hearing. Several factors are taken into consideration when determining whether this is a necessary step, including:
- The health, safety and welfare of the juvenile
- The nature of the offense he or she is accused of
- The juvenile’s age and any ties to the community
- The juvenile’s prior record (if any)
In some cases, your child may be able to take advantage of the alternative of supervision within the community to being detained in a youth detention center, to make sure that your child attends all hearings. In some cases, pending the courts, your child can avoid placement in a detention center by agreeing to community supervision program contingent upon attending all court proceedings. Our Passaic County juvenile system lawyers will make sure that your child’s rights are protected throughout the process.
Contact Our Office, Located Conveniently in Morristown, If You Have Questions Related to Juvenile Crimes
Your child’s future may seem limited if he or she has been convicted of a juvenile delinquency. If your child has not reoffended in five years, he or she may be eligible for an expungement. The capable lawyers of Maynard Law Office, LLC, can review your case, and provide you the help you need to realize your family’s long-term goals. Call us today at 973-540-0054 for more information or to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.