NJ Juvenile Offense Attorney
Getting arrested and facing criminal charges is always a frightening experience. This experience can be even more concerning if it happens to your child. Children under the age of 18 are subject to the same laws in New Jersey as adults and can face consequences if they are accused of violating the law. However, the process for prosecuting juveniles is different than for adults, and many criminal defense attorneys may not be familiar with the juvenile system.
At the Law Offices of Kurt M. Resch, P.C., we fully understand how to handle juvenile cases and have been helping children and their parents in Bergen County, Passaic County, Hudson County, and throughout the state of New Jersey for over 30 years. If you learn that your child is facing any type of criminal allegations, please do not delay in calling our office for assistance you can depend on.
Common Juvenile Offenses in NJ
While juveniles can be charged with any type of crime, there are some common accusations that they can face in New Jersey. Some of the most common juvenile offenses can include:
- Underage drinking
- Underage possession of alcohol
- Disorderly conduct
- Graffiti or other types of vandalism
- Petty theft and shoplifting
- Joyriding in a motor vehicle
- Simple assault due to fights
- Possession of marijuana
- Traffic violations
- Driving under the influence
While the above offenses may seem relatively minor, they all can carry serious consequences for your child if they are convicted. In addition, many juveniles may find themselves facing far more serious charges including robbery, drug sales, aggravated assault, or even homicide. Juvenile crimes attorney Kurt Resch is prepared to defend your child against any type of criminal accusation from relatively minor violations to serious felony offenses.
Consequences for Juvenile Offenders
The consequences a juvenile faces after an arrest can vary widely depending on the circumstances of their case. In the juvenile justice system, there are different routes that a case can take depending on the charges against a teen and the decisions of the prosecutor.
First, many juvenile cases in New Jersey are handled by the family courts. The family courts are not necessarily out to punish a juvenile but instead to deter them from future criminal acts through rehabilitation. There are often many options for rehabilitation that avoid detention in a juvenile facility, including:
- Restitution to victims of the crimes
- Community service
An experienced juvenile attorney can help to negotiate and convince the court that these other options will sufficiently rehabilitate the juvenile and there is no need for incarceration.
Often, the parents are very involved in the family court case against their juvenile. However, the justice system is very different from the criminal system as there is no right to a jury trial or similar procedural rights. This can be challenging if your child has been wrongfully charged as the court may not be as committed to examining the factual basis for the charges as it is to find a method of rehabilitation. An experienced attorney can help to guide you through the family court hearings and to protect your child’s rights.
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On the other hand, many juvenile cases–especially those involving more serious offenses–may be heard by the criminal courts of New Jersey, along with adults facing criminal charges. While the adult criminal system does give your child the right to a jury trial, a conviction can also result in adult consequences. These can often include imprisonment with adults, probation with strict conditions, and extensive fines. This can understandably be frightening for parents, so you always want to ensure your child’s attorney has extensive experience in the criminal courts so they receive the highest quality of defense.
Defense lawyer Kurt Resch has decades of experience in both the juvenile courts and the adult criminal courts in NJ. Our office can assist you no matter what path your child’s case may take and we will always strive for the best possible result for your child.
Experienced Juvenile Defense Attorney
Contact an experienced juvenile defense attorney if your child has been accused of any criminal offense–no matter how minor. It is imperative that you consult with a New Jersey, highly skilled juvenile lawyer immediately. At the Law Offices of Kurt M. Resch, P.C., we can not only defend against your child’s charges but can also seek to have any existing criminal conviction expunged from their record to limit the long-term consequences they may face. We have been helping people with these cases for 35 years and provide personalized assistance in any juvenile matter. Please do not hesitate to call our office today at 201-488-5454.