A juvenile is typically anyone under the age of 18. Juveniles charged with a crime of any nature will, at first, be brought into family court. Generally, when a juvenile case is heard in family court the minor will not be released on bail and will not be entitled to a jury trial. However, if the crime is so severe that it warrants the minor being tried as an adult (e.g. murder, armed robbery, a sex crime, etc.), it will go to adult criminal court and the minor will have those rights.
Aside from the havoc wreaked on the entire family, the scary reality is that a juvenile conviction does not get erased when the minor grows up. This means that your child’s future is at risk. Even a minor conviction can stain a person’s record for life, mar acceptance to college, or prevent one from eventually landing a good job. Nevertheless, many children are not completely aware of the long-term consequences of their actions. Some may even have learning disabilities or impulse control issues that need medical attention.
Here at The Rosenblum Law Firm, we are keenly aware that the juvenile justice system may be overly aggressive with your son or daughter and may even attempt to lock them away. This is why we will fight to make sure that your child gets a second chance and is not put behind bars. After all, minors make mistakes and it is crucial to ensure that a youthful error does not ruin a future.
Rehabilitation vs. Punishment
Remember, juvenile court is designed to rehabilitate youthful offenders. In other words, a judge can choose to divert the case to a Juvenile Conference Committee or take other rehabilitative measures to resolve the case through restitution, community service, or job placement. On the contrary, in the criminal court system, the emphasis is on punishment. A conviction there may result in the juvenile being sentenced to a term in an adult prison. Therefore, when The Rosenblum Law Firm handles your case, we do everything in our power to keep your case in family court. Doing this can help make sure that your child does not go to prison and can, instead, get the help he or she may really need.
It is important to understand that certain offenses will be escalated in severity simply due to their commission. This means that the law believes certain crimes warrant a higher penalty than others and simply committing that crime will translate into dealing with those escalated consequences. The following are a few examples of what this entails:
- A juvenile accused of possessing marijuana or any other controlled substance can face a mandatory fine and the loss of his or her driver’s license.
- A juvenile, unlike adults, can be declared delinquent.
- Graffiti charges carry with them penalties that include the loss of one’s driver’s license.
- If a student strikes a teacher or police officer, the student will automatically be charged with aggravated assault, not simple assault.
Who Should I Contact?
If you, your child, or a loved one has been charged with a crime in New Jersey, contact Adam H. Rosenblum of The Rosenblum Law Firm. Their team of New Jersey criminal lawyers will do what they can in order to protect your legal rights and fight to keep you out of prison. E-mail or call 888-815-3649 today.