New Jersey Juvenile Crimes Lawyer Protecting Your Child’s Future
A juvenile crime, no matter how minor or severe, can impact your child for the rest of their life. Many juveniles run into trouble with law enforcement, for criminal acts ranging from shoplifting and underage drinking to even assault or domestic violence. If your child has been arrested in the state of New Jersey, you need to work with a juvenile criminal defense attorney who is accustomed to this unique type of legal situation. Persons under the age of eighteen are legally considered juveniles, and are typically treated with more leniency in court than adults. However, there are many factors involved in every criminal case, and the mitigating circumstances surrounding the criminal act may warrant a more severe penalty on your child.
If your child gets into trouble with the law, you need to consult with an attorney right away. Some older juveniles may be tried as an adult before a judge, which will likely lead to more severe penalties and a more difficult case to defend. Consult with The Bianchi Law Group, LLC as soon as your child comes in contact with law enforcement. You need strong, aggressive legal representation who care about your child’s future. With the right attorney, you may be able to greatly reduce charges or even have them dropped entirely.
If your child has been accused of a crime, no matter how minor or severe, contact The Bianchi Law Group, LLC right away. You deserve to feel confident and assured about your child’s future. Our attorneys will stop at nothing to ensure your child receives the highest standard of legal care possible, in hopes of minimizing their penalties as best as possible.
Is My Child at Risk of Being Tried as an Adult?
In the United States, all fifty states and the District of Columbia provide for dealing with juvenile offenders outside the criminal system for adult offenders. The legal proceedings that surround juvenile crimes are complex. If your child has been accused of committing a crime and they are under the age of eighteen, this is considered a juvenile crime, and your child will be tried as a minor. Juveniles are held to a different standard and are often treated with more leniency than those tried for similar crime as an adult. The best option for your child is to be tried as a juvenile and to stay out of adult court as much as possible. On a few occasions a court will consider whether rights accorded to adults during investigation of crime are to be accorded juveniles.
Penalties for juvenile crimes are often rehabilitation-focused. Juvenile justice typically revolves around putting the juvenile on a better path for the future. The justice system will, of course, uphold the law and may require a fine or sentence in a juvenile detention facility following a guilty conviction. But in some cases, juvenile delinquency is so extreme that a judge may opt to try your child as an adult, rather than as a juvenile in family court.
The U.S. The Supreme Court has passed legislation that states juveniles can no longer receive life sentences without parole, however juveniles tried as adults typically still receive longer sentences and tougher penalties than those tried as minors. If the juvenile charged with a crime is a repeat offender, executed the crime with extreme depravity or a lethal weapon, or previously attempted rehabilitation which did not work, they may be treated as an adult in court.
In order to mitigate the risk of your child being tried in adult court rather than family court, you need to contact a juvenile attorney who is experienced with criminal law regarding juvenile delinquency. Not all defense lawyers are accustomed to the legal proceedings associated with underage drinking, drug possession, and other commonly occurring juvenile crimes. The juvenile justice system is complex, and you need a defense lawyer with public defender experience to help out and protect your child. In the best case scenario, your child’s criminal charges will be categorized as juvenile offenses only, and if they are in fact convicted of a crime, they will be treated with fairness and leniency under the law.
What Kind of Penalties Can be Placed Upon a Juvenile?
When an underage person commits a criminal offense, the justice system is typically more merciful with these cases than those involving of-age adults. Juvenile offenses typically include drug possession, underage drinking, shoplifting and other related juvenile charges.
Your child’s criminal trial will likely result in a community service, as penalties are based upon strengthening the child’s character and encouraging them onto a better path for the future. Community service is typically the best case scenario with regard to your child’s impending penalty. In some cases, juvenile crimes will warrant a high monetary fine, especially in the case of shoplifting or another crime of theft, which may require restitution payments.
In some cases, court-mandated therapy or anger management courses may be required. Every juvenile case is as unique as the individuals involved. If a judge determines that your child has been acting out and breaking the law due to anger or behavioral issues that can be mended by therapy, they may opt to require your child utilize these resources.
The law, however, can and will penalize high-impact crimes such as assault with a juvenile detention sentence, especially if your child is deemed to be a risk to society or in need of more supervision. Many parents fear being separated from the child and, understandably, will stop at nothing to keep their child at home and with their family. Only a criminal defense attorney with juvenile justice experience can defend your child before a judge and urge that the child’s best interest is at home. Not all defense lawyers are experienced with family court proceedings, so you need to work with a law office that’s focused on your child’s future and has the experience to defend them before a judge.
How Will a Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorney Defend My Child in Family Court?
First and foremost, your juvenile criminal defense attorney will listen to your child’s side of the story and will piece together what happened on the day the crime was committed. Your lawyer will compile and assess all relevant evidence including witness testimonies and physical evidence taken from the scene. A smart defense lawyer will leverage state and federal law as it applies to the facts of your child’s juvenile offense.
There are many angles of defense that your attorney may take. Some juvenile offenses are more minor than others, and if your child has an otherwise clean criminal record, your attorney will demonstrate your child’s eligibility to have their charges reduced or thrown out entirely.
In some situations evidence is improperly collected from the scene via an illegal search and seizure. In this case, your child’s juvenile charges may be dropped entirely due to negligent mishandling of the evidence.
Where applicable, your attorney may help form a plea deal. This demonstrates that your juvenile child has every intention of complying with court-mandated penalties. If it’s advised that your child should plead guilty, a plea deal will demonstrate your child’s willingness to comply with the law, which will likely result in minimized penalties or charges.
At The Bianchi Law Group, LLC, our law offices are accustomed to legal proceedings that surround nearly every juvenile offense. Not all juvenile defense lawyers in New Jersey also have public defender experience and are part of a law firm with a nationally recognized aptitude for winning cases. Only The Bianchi Law Group, LLC has all of the aforementioned credibility. Our law offices offer afree consultation to any parents worried for their child’s wellbeing in the future. your child has a right to a fair trial and a right to work with a qualified and aggressive attorney. Our law firm will stop at nothing to ensure your child receives the best criminal defense attorney possible.
If Your Child Has Been Accused of a Crime, a Juvenile Defense Attorney Can Help
At The Bianchi Law Group, each juvenile defense attorney at our law firm is dedicated to your child’s future and your peace of mind as a parent. If your child has been accused of any crime, minor or severe, contact an attorney as soon as possible. In order to preserve your child’s personal and professional success in the future, you will want to ensure they have no criminal record, or the most minor criminal history that’s possible.
Our law firm understands as a parent you may be nervous and concerned for your child’s future. That’s why we offer a free consultation for anyone that has any initial questions regarding their child’s juvenile crimes. If you have any questions or concerns, contact The Bianchi Law Group, LLC for an initial case evaluation. You deserve to feel confident and secure about your child’s future.
Call our Parsippany-Troy Hills offices today at (862) 210-8570 to speak with an attorney and schedule your initial consultation.