When your child faces a legal offense of any kind, it can be hard on your family. It is scary not knowing the consequences, or even which steps you need to take to protect the future of your child. Thankfully, attorney David C. Barry has plenty of experience with juvenile offenses, including juvenile disorderly persons charges. In fact, one of the most common juvenile offenses that Barry has successfully defended is disorderly conduct, as this is a common charge that minors face in New Jersey.
How Can a Juvenile be Charged with Disorderly Conduct?
When a minor, a person under the age of 18, is charged with disorderly contact, it is considered a juvenile disorderly persons charge. It usually means that the disorderly conduct was of juvenile nature. For example, a minor can receive this charge when they behave in a way that is unruly or disrespectful towards an authority figure. Likewise, if a minor “disturbs the peace” in either a substance-influenced or sober state, he or she can face disorderly conduct charges. “Disturbing the peace” can mean stealing, public intoxication, loud and disruptive behavior, and other actions similar to those listed.
If your minor receives a charge for disorderly conduct, the penalties are often similar to those given to an adult charged with a disorderly persons offense. The penalty for adults is up to six months in county jail, up to $1000 in fines, and community service. You can find more details about a disorderly person’s offense here.
The penalties for your minor will range depending on the exact offense. It is important to find the right lawyer for a juvenile disorderly conduct charge because the law can be confusing, especially in New Jersey. Furthermore, legal authorities often give a juvenile disorderly persons charge in addition to another charge. It’s possible that your child might receive the same penalty that an adult would for this offense. So it is imperative that you do all you can to keep the penalties from negatively impacting your child’s future.
Why Get an Attorney?
Attorney David C. Barry can help you ensure that your child receives fair and just treatment. He knows the ins and outs of the laws regarding juvenile disorderly persons charges. Therefore, he’s able to identify any unreasonable or unnecessary suggested consequences for your son or daughter. Give yourself peace of mind by letting attorney David C. Barry defend your child.