Juvenile Crime Penalties
Younger people make mistakes, and some of these can get you into a lot of trouble. If your child is facing juvenile crime penalties, you may be feeling terrified. Seeking out the guidance of an experienced attorney can be the best thing to safeguard your future.
Juvenile Crime Penalties in New Jersey
In New Jersey, a juvenile offense has a broad range of penalties. Whenever juveniles involved in an alleged criminal act, the courts ordinarily try to put themselves in a position where they want to benefit the child in the long run. Juvenile detention is usually a last resort, usually for very serious charges or for people who have had many, many different offenses and just haven’t been able to rectify their aberrant behavior.
The penalties can range anything from writing an essay to a judge or to a victim, all the way up to juvenile detention. Very often, if it’s a serious enough charge but detention is not required or recommended, a period of adjustment, which is kind of like being on probation where a juvenile might have to attend some classes or some therapy and then prove to the court that they are not aberrant any longer and can handle the rigors of growing up.
Juvenile Crime Penalties: Arrested for Theft
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.
Juvenile Crime Penalties: Minor Caught Drinking at a Bar
If an underage individual is in a bar and they’ve been served alcohol, they’ll be charged with either a disorderly person’s offense or an indictable offense. Very often, charges like that are coupled with a false identification, which is an indictable offense. Very often, those cases go to the county prosecutor and the county prosecutor will determine whether or not that case will be prosecuted at the superior court level as an indictable offense or it will be determined to a municipal court or in certain circumstances into the family court depending on the severity of the charge.
If you are seeking representation for juvenile crime penalties, please call New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney Carl Spector for a free consultation.