Juvenile Law

Skilled Juvenile Criminal Attorneys Take Pride in Defending Your Child

Although most juvenile crimes are similar to those for adult offenders, the penalties and laws associated with juvenile crimes are substantially different. Two of the most significant differences are that juveniles are not entitled to a trial by jury, nor are they allowed to be released on bail. A juvenile offender is anyone under the age of 18. In most juvenile cases, skilled juvenile defense attorneys have a strong chance of getting the child rehabilitation instead of placement in a state facility.

Juvenile crimes can be either felonies or misdemeanors, depending on the severity of the crime. In some cases, particularly those involving violence, sexual crime, crime on a school campus, or other factors such as, gang enhancements or use of weapons, the juvenile offender will be charged as an adult and subject to adult penalties.

When a juvenile is convicted of a crime, not only does the entire family suffer, but the child's future is severely jeopardized. That is why we are such strong believers in giving kids a second chance. Many children are not fully aware of the magnitude of their actions and don't deserve tough sentences. Some even have learning disabilities and impulse control problems like A.D.H.D. or A.D.D. and really just need medication or a good therapist. However, the "tough on crime" juvenile justice system may become overly aggressive with your child and attempt to take them away until they turn 18 or sometimes much longer. It is not unusual for sentencing to include counseling, detention in a youth facility such as a boot camp, juvenile hall, or youth authority facility. Because of these possibilities, as well as the special laws involved with juvenile offenses, having a criminal attorney there to fight back and attempt to get the charges dropped or reduced is absolutely essential.

Please contact Charles Block, to make sure that your child receives all the attention they deserve.

Young people make mistakes and it is extremely important to make sure that these mistakes don't ruin their future! A juvenile crime attorney with our law firm will treat you and your family with respect and try to provide the emotional support you need while strongly defending your child's rights and ensuring they get the best possible defense and outcome, including the possibility of case dismissal or reduction of the charges.

In addition to attempting to dismiss and reduce charges, I will also fight aggressively to keep your child out of state facilities. I will do everything possible to ensure the case is kept in juvenile court and that a 16 or 17 year old isn't thrown unfairly into adult court. We are on the same team, and we want to see your child at home with you where they belong.

IF YOUR CHILD HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF A CRIME BUT HAS NOT YET BEEN CHARGED, CALL US IMMEDIATELY. WE MAY BE ABLE TO PREVENT THE FILING OF FORMAL CHARGES.

Maximum Sentence Term for a Juvenile

Murder under 2C:11-3a(1) or (2) 20 years
Murder under 2C:11-3a(3) 10 years
Crime of the first degree, except murder 4 years
Crime of the second degree 3 years
Crime of the third degree 2 years
Crime of the forth degree 1 year
Disorderly persons offense 6 months

Theft & Fraud

Juvenile theft and juvenile fraud are similar to the adult crimes and can be prosecuted as either a felony or a misdemeanor. Juveniles found guilty are subject to jail time, probation, detention in a youth facility or boot camp, fines, or any combination of those and more.

Sex Crimes

Juveniles can be charged with sexual harassment, rape, molestation, and other crimes of a sexual nature the same as adults can. If convicted of a felony, the juvenile may be incarcerated in a state institution, subject to treatment programs, and other severe measures.

Drug Possession & Distribution

Drugs need not be on the juvenile for someone to be charged with possession. All that is required is for the drugs to be located somewhere that the law considers to be under their control, and this can extend to cars, backpacks, or the residence. Juvenile drug possession and juvenile drug sale cases can be candidates for rehabilitation treatment as well as incarceration, depending on severity of the crime and effectiveness of the defense attorney.

Assault & Battery

Juvenile assault is the attempt to injure another person, and juvenile battery is any unwanted contact. Battery can be performed on either a person or on someone's property that is connected to the person, and either charge can result in severe penalties.

Weapons

Juvenile weapons charges include possession of unlawful firearms, concealed weapon charges, brandishing or discharging a firearm, and many others. Our experienced juvenile attorneys can help you receive fair treatment and can often negotiate favorable pleas with the prosecutors or fight the case all the way through trial.

Computer Crimes

Juvenile computer crimes are as serious as the adult computer crimes. Computers can be used to conduct fraud or steal someone's identity, and sentencing can result in fines, probation, and possibly even incarceration.

Vandalism

Juvenile vandalism consists of destroying, damaging, or defacing someone's property. Keying a car or covering any surface with graffiti are examples of vandalism, which may include school vandalism, church vandalism, graveyard vandalism, or any other type. Depending on the extent and amount of damage, among other factors, juvenile vandalism can be prosecuted as either a felony or a misdemeanor.

All Other Juvenile Offenses

In addition to the above juvenile crimes and other charges that are similar to adult offenses, truancy, curfew violations, and running away are all juvenile offenses that can only be committed by a minor. Legal assistance is needed to make sure the juvenile's rights are strongly upheld and that he or she does not allow a mistake that was made as a youth to haunt them later when it comes to college and employment.

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