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Facing charges as a juvenile can have serious and long-term consequences. Whether a juvenile is charged with delinquency or charged as an adult with a crime, avoiding unnecessary consequences requires experienced legal representation. We represent minors in juvenile delinquency and criminal cases statewide, and if you or your child needs legal representation, we encourage you to speak with a New Jersey criminal lawyer at Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A. as soon as possible.
We represent juveniles in both delinquency cases and criminal cases in New Jersey’s Superior Courts. While facing charges for juvenile delinquency is a serious matter, facing criminal charges can be significantly more serious. Whereas New Jersey’s juvenile delinquency system is focused primarily on rehabilitation (and ultimately protecting the juvenile’s “best interests”), New Jersey’s criminal justice system is focused on punishment—and New Jersey has some of the harshest sentencing laws in the country.
Juveniles in New Jersey can face delinquency charges in a wide range of circumstances. The juvenile delinquency system handles cases involving all types of disorderly persons offenses and indictable offenses—including those that can be charged as crimes in some circumstances. This includes (but is not limited to) common offenses such as:
When these types of cases are prosecuted in juvenile court, an adjudication of delinquency can lead to consequences including community service, probation, counseling and detention. Judges have the discretion to impose a wide range of other sentences as well. An experienced New Jersey defense attorney can help you understand the risks involved in your (or your child’s) case and determine how best to move forward.
Under New Jersey law, juveniles who are at least 15 years old can be tried as adults when they are charged with certain serious crimes. These crimes include (but are not limited to):
When charged as adults, juveniles can face the full consequences of a criminal conviction under New Jersey law. Depending on the charges filed, these consequences can include five or six-figure fines, years or decades of imprisonment, sex offender registration, and parole supervision for life.
All juvenile criminal cases are serious, and juveniles charged with violations of New Jersey’s criminal statutes need experienced legal representation. If you or your child is facing charges, we encourage you to contact us promptly for more information. To arrange a confidential initial consultation with a New Jersey defense attorney at Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A., call 877-435-6371 or tell us how we can get in touch with you online now.
Don’t let your rights be jeopardized.