Children don’t always make mature decisions. In some cases, those decisions may lead to detainment or arrest. When parents face the reality that their children have made a serious mistake and committed a crime, they have a lot to consider. Depending on the offense, consequences may range from something as simple as an essay written for the juvenile conference committee to being waived up and tried as an adult in the most serious cases. New Jersey courts have a lot of discretion when deciding on how to handle each case. Having effective and experienced legal representation is always recommended.
What is a juvenile crime?
If a person under the age of 18 commits a crime, they are considered juvenile. In some serious cases, like murder and assault, a child may be waived up and tried as an adult. In these cases, a child could face adult charges, including prison. For most cases, a family court will have jurisdiction over the case. Even though a juvenile may turn 18 over the course of the trial, their age during the incident is the only relevant factor. By state law, juvenile cases heard in the family division of the Superior Court are sealed in a juvenile file, though that is not absolute.
Juvenile cases explained
In a juvenile case, the Superior Court will send a notice to the family of the accused detailing the case, court procedures, and other relevant information that helps guardians with the process. Most juvenile cases go to the Superior Court and evaluated. In some severe circumstances, a child may be waived up to an adult trial. Some simple cases are referred to the Juvenile Conference Committee. Other cases may be heard in Superior Court Family Division. Some New Jersey counties will refer cases to a judicial referee; an attorney that sits in the position of a judge.
Juveniles must have representation
In all juvenile cases, they must have representation that focuses on their best interests. As soon as you get a notice from Superior Court, contact an attorney. New Jersey requires all children to have representation. If a guardian can demonstrate that they cannot afford a private attorney, the state will provide a public defender. The guidelines are strict and courts need overwhelming evidence to support the claim. If either parent is employed, they will most likely not be able to qualify.
Contact a Sparta firm that acts quickly
Juvenile cases proceed quickly. Parents or guardians must act promptly to notices and directions from the court. Contacting a compassionate and diligent law firm is in your family’s best interests. You should have counsel in place in order to confer with prosecutors, acquire state evidence, and properly assess the case to arrive at the most positive solution for the legal matter. Contact Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC today for effective representation and committed counsel. When facing juvenile charges, a family should consider how a conviction could affect their child’s future. Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC is here to help. Contact our firm for a consultation.
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