Handling Juvenile Theft Crimes
If your child has been charged with theft in New Jersey, such as shoplifting, don’t worry. Our criminal defense attorneys are very experienced in handling juvenile theft crimes and will make sure your child’s rights are protected during this difficult time. Contact our office today to learn more.
Handling Juvenile Theft Crimes | Basics
New Jersey takes theft crimes very seriously, and often aggressively pursues those charged with these types of offenses. If your child is charged with juvenile theft, it is crucial to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help your child avoid the potentially serious, and life-changing consequences associated with theft convictions.
If you have been charged with juvenile theft in New Jersey, this is what you can expect:
- If the value of the theft is minimal, the charge could be handled at the police level or a committee meeting.
- If it proceeds it will be handled in the superior court.
- If it is a serious theft charge, the child could even be charged as an adult.
Handling Juvenile Theft Crimes | In-Depth Information
In New Jersey, if a juvenile is charged with a theft, there are different layers or different categories that that individual can be charged with. That will bring them to different courts. If it’s a very minimal, or de minimis type of defense, it might just be handled at the local police level; at a forum or a committee meeting. Higher than that, it can go to the superior court to the family division where cases are being handled which are being prosecuted by the county prosecutors. On some of those levels, even the lowest of levels, people can handle those matters with minimal intrusion into their life.
On the higher side, or the more serious theft charges, there is a prosecutor, there is a judge, and the juvenile is not only entitled to an attorney, but probably should have an attorney navigate that type of case because there are much more serious consequences at that level. Of course, if it’s very, very, very serious charge, a county prosecutor can try to elect to bring that charge into the superior court and charge that person as an adult.
If you or a loved one has been accused of a juvenile crime in New Jersey, contact experienced New Jersey juvenile criminal lawyer Carl Spector for a free confidential consultation. Let his experience work for you.