Juvenile Offenses in New Jersey
When a juvenile (someone under 18 years old) violates a city ordinance, or state or federal criminal law, he or she is considered a delinquent, not a criminal. This differentiation may seem unnecessary, but it reflects the law’s assumption that juveniles are not legal adults because they are not entirely capable of making their own decisions.
If your child or teenager has been charged with a juvenile offense it is of the utmost importance to work with an attorney who has extensive knowledge of New Jersey juvenile law. Attorney David C. Barry is that legal professional.
Attorney David C. Barry will carefully review the charges your child is facing. He will help identify the strengths and weaknesses of the case against your child and the legal consequences to which your child is exposed. He will be present when your child is interviewed by police or others. Most importantly, he will draw upon his legal knowledge and experience to craft a strategy to protect your child’s interests.
Common Juvenile Crimes
Some common juvenile offenses Attorney David C. Barry has successfully defended include:
- Underage drinking
- Drug possession
- Disorderly conduct
- Sexual offenses
While the Juvenile Courts of New Jersey have the authority to impose many of the same penalties as the adult criminal courts, the philosophy of the Juvenile Court to rehabilitate often leads Judges to sentence juveniles to house arrest, diversion programs, fines, driver’s license suspension, probation and community service rather than condemning your child to a detention facility. In being lenient, the Court will set requirements to these lesser punishments including:
- Restitution- reimbursing the victim for the property damage he/she caused.
- Community service- spend a certain number of hours working in the community without pay.
- School attendance- attend school regularly and make satisfactory grades.
- Counseling- participate in counseling for drug or emotional problems.
Your child’s future deserves protection. Contact Attorney David C. Barry today at 732-204-7387 for a free consultation. David has decades of experience defending the rights of adults and juveniles alike charged with crimes throughout Middlesex County.