Juveniles who are charged with criminal offenses in Monmouth County face serious consequences. It is vital to consult with an experienced Freehold juvenile defense attorney if your child has been scheduled a court appearance in the Family Part of the Superior Court in Monmouth County.
Parents whose children have been arrested for shoplifting, assault, trespassing or other criminal acts are understandingly upset as it is, and New Jersey’s juvenile justice system does not usually make things any easier. There is a common misconception that juvenile adjudications “don’t matter” and that they simply go away and are sealed. Rather, juvenile’s can face lasting consequences for their misdeeds. For example, law school applications, medical school applications, law enforcement and some government jobs require applicants to disclose their entire criminal history, even that which occurred when the applicant was under 18 years old.
Under New Jersey law, juveniles are never really “arrested.” Rather, they are “taken into custody.” If the allegations against them are proven in court, they are not “convicted of a crime, but rather “adjudicated delinquent.” The terminology differences between the adult and juvenile justice system alone can cause great confusion to parents. Municipal Courts in New Jersey are not allowed to hear juvenile delinquency cases. These cases are instead heard in the New Jersey Superior Court, Family Part. If your child has been scheduled to appear in the Juvenile / Family Court, he or she must be represented by an attorney. Call now for a consultation on how the situation can be best handled by an attorney who knows the system.