What are the Penalties for Juvenile Theft?
I am often consulted by concerned adults regarding juvenile theft. In New Jersey, if a juvenile is charged with a theft, there are different layers or different categories that the 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. 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 a 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.
Do you have questions about juvenile theft? If so, contact an experienced Criminal Lawyer in New Jersey like Carl Spector.