What to Know About Juvenile Crimes in New Jersey

If your child was charged with a juvenile crime in New Jersey, do not wait to reach out to our skilled Bergen County juvenile offense attorneys as soon as possible to discuss your options.

What are juvenile crimes in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, anyone under the age of 18 is considered to be a juvenile. Because of this, the state handles juvenile crimes differently than those committed by individuals over the age of 18. If a child under the age of 18 is arrested in New Jersey, their case will be managed differently than standard adult criminal cases. Typically, juvenile cases are held in the family division of New Jersey’s Superior Court and are heard by the Juvenile Conference Committee. Instead of a judge, this Committee of volunteers will determine the result of your child’s case. It is important that parents of juvenile offenders understand that if the offense is very severe, the case can be brought up to adult criminal court. Some of the offenses that can be waived up to criminal court include murder, rape, assault, and other violent acts. If you and your child are encountering this situation, it is critical that you retain the services of an experienced attorney as soon as possible. With the help of our committed and aggressive legal team, you can ensure that your child’s future will be our top priority.

What is juvenile representation?

All juvenile offenders must be represented by an attorney in the state of New Jersey. Despite the fact that adults in New Jersey are allowed to waive their rights to legal representation, this is not possible for juveniles facing criminal charges. As a result, a parent of an accused juvenile must hire an attorney, and will consequently be held financially responsible for the associated costs. Regardless, if you believe you are unable to afford the cost of an attorney, you may request the assignment of a public defender. Unfortunately, New Jersey courts frequently reject requests for public defenders if they think the parent or guardian is capable of paying for an attorney.

To learn more about juvenile representation, it is in your best interest to reach out to our skilled Bergen County juvenile offense attorneys today to learn more about your options.

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