Many juveniles do not understand how a criminal conviction can affect their future. A criminal conviction can have a lasting effect on a juvenile’s future when it comes to applying to colleges and finding a job in the future. If you are a juvenile, (under 18 years of age), any charges you face should be met with strong legal defense in order to protect your future.

The charges, legal processes, and penalties that are associated with juvenile crimes often vary than those faced my adults. We can help you fight any charge you or your child may face. Some of the most common crimes committed by juveniles are:

  • Fighting in a public place
  • Possession of tobacco/cigarettes
  • Possession of a small amount of controlled dangerous substances such as marijuana
  • Vandalism
  • Underage drinking
  • Public intoxication
  • False identification
  • Loitering
  • Serious Criminal Offenses requiring waiver to adult court (murder, car jacking, sexual assault, etc.)

When New Jersey state courts handle juvenile cases, the goal is always rehabilitation, not punishment. The courts want to help rehabilitate you or you child before it is too late. Most juvenile cases end with a small fine and probation; however, juveniles can still risk jail sentences. Even though the penalties for juveniles are often less than those for adults, but juveniles can still incur lifelong consequences.

Serious offenses can require waive of the Family Court’s Jurisdiction to adult court. These offenses can have lifelong consequences for minors. If your child is charged with a serious juvenile offense, we strongly advice you seek private representation. We have handled cases where juveniles have been accused of serious crimes such as carjacking, manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, and first degree murder. We are here to assist you and your family if you are facing a serious criminal charge.

If you would like to discuss your case, you can contact us at 877-580-2200, use the form at the right, or email us at contact@southjerseylawyers.com

Evening hours are available and we offer a FREE initial consultation.