It devastates parents when their child is arrested for a crime. One of your biggest concerns is likely “what will happen to their future?” Many parents worry that their child will be punished for the rest of their lives for making a mistake. Luckily, the New Jersey juvenile court system strives to rehabilitate and educate, rather than punish children who have broken the law. An effective juvenile defense attorney can help get your child the counseling and rehabilitation they need and prevent them from being detained in a juvenile detention facility. Contact John today to discuss how he can help your child get through this difficult time.New Jersey attorney protecting the future of Juveniles
Anyone under the age of 18 is considered a juvenile in the eyes of the law. When a juvenile is arrested for a crime, a delinquency hearing is held before a Superior Court Judge. Juveniles are afforded many, but not all, of the same rights as adults. These include the right to an attorney, and the right to remain silent when arrested. However, juveniles often receive other protections; a juvenile’s arrest and criminal record will be sealed and will not be available to the public. This means that your child’s arrest will likely not affect their ability to apply for college or join the military.
In most juvenile cases, in the event the judge adjudicates your child delinquent, he will attempt to find an appropriate punishment that will prevent the crime from happening again. Examples of punishments, other than detention, which judges may favor include:
- Informal Probation
- Formal Probation
- Counseling Programs
- Educational Courses
- Deferred Dispositions
Many factors will go into this decision, including the severity of the offense, the child’s age, their past delinquency history, and the parent’s ability to care for and control the child. In most cases John will be able to argue appropriately that your child should receive an alternative sentence, which does not require detention.New Jersey attorney defending families from juvenile mistakes
When your child is arrested, it can be humiliating. Not only is your child’s behavior under a microscope, often times your parenting may be too. If a judge deems a parent negligent or abusive, they may have your child removed from your home, or order social services to step in and provide your family with resources. John will defend your parenting and argue for a result that is in your family’s best interest. He will explain all of your legal options, and do everything possible to keep your family intact. Call today for a free case evaluation.