Some childhood mistakes may be worse or more damaging than others. When it’s your son or daughter facing charges as a juvenile offender, there’s no doubt you experience varied emotions. You may feel disappointed and worried. In some cases, you may even wonder if you somehow failed your child.
All things considered, it is essential to recognize the gravity of any juvenile criminal charges. Unless your child is charged as an adult, the case will be heard in Family Court. There will not be a jury to deliberate on the charges. A judge will evaluate the case and make determinations.
At the New Jersey Law Offices of DiFrancia & DeDona, our emphasis is on providing a solid defense on behalf of your child. In most situations, every juvenile offender deserves a second chance and a clean slate. In the Juvenile system, there is a tremendous focus on providing rehabilitation services. This is because juvenile delinquency is fraught with repeat offenders.
As a parent, you know that your child’s future is important. As New Jersey juvenile criminal defense lawyers, we are empathetic to your concerns and here to fight aggressively for the best possible outcome.
You should also know that under New Jersey law, every juvenile offender is required to have legal representation.
New Jersey Juvenile Offenders Attorneys
There are a number of reasons that our office is retained to represent juvenile offenders in New Jersey. Among the most commonly faced charges are the following:
- Fake identification
- Underage drinking
- Driving while intoxicated
- Drug Charges
- Disorderly Conduct
The consequences for any of these offenses can result in severe penalties. Among them is the prospect of a criminal record.
Juvenile Offender Records MatterAs parents, you are hopefully not under the misconception that juvenile offenses don’t matter. Additionally, conviction records don’t magically vanish into thin air. The reality is that, while these records are primarily sealed from public examination, they can come back to haunt individuals whose childhood mistakes are long over.
In the meantime, there is also the chance that certain juvenile records will be released to educational institutions. This may be done in conjunction with safety and disciplinary concerns within the school.
Juvenile convictions can even come back to affect defendants when they’re adults and hinder their chances of leniency before a judge, particularly if the defendant had more than one conviction before they were 18.
Experienced Legal Advice
The juvenile criminal justice system in New Jersey may seem complex. At the Law Offices of Associates, we will fiercely advocate for your child’s rights and seek rehabilitation rather than punishment. Call us today to see how we can help you regarding the legal charges brought against your child.