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Holmdel Juvenile Defense Attorney

28
Jul
2011

by in Juvenile Defense

Holmdel police have the authority to take your son or daughter into police custody if they have probable cause to believe a criminal offense was committed. While your child will be processed at the Holmdel police department, the case will ultimately be sent to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Superior Court – Family Part for adjudication. If your child is facing criminal or traffic charges in Holmdel, call now to speak with an experienced NJ juvenile delinquency lawyer.

Holmdel is an affluent suburban township in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Most juvenile arrests in Holmdel are for relatively minor offenses. These typically include possession of CDS or possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia. Burglary, assault, defiant trespass, and criminal mischief are also common juvenile offenses.

The judge in juvenile court has a wide degree of discretion in imposing consequences. In determining the appropriate disposition for a juvenile adjudicated a delinquent, the Court must weigh certain factors. These include the nature of the offense, the age of the child, any prior record of arrests or adjudications, the child’s family situation and other factors. Other considerations include how affirmatively the child can be expected to benefit from rehabilitative efforts.

The court has a lot of punishments and forms of rehabilitation to choose from. These include adjourning the matter for up to 12 months, releasing the juvenile to his or her parents, probation, confinement, community service, and fines. The court may suspend the child’s driver’s license or ability to obtain a driver’s license. For some parents this may be a welcome proposition. Juveniles who rack up traffic tickets in New Jersey can cause their parents car insurance rates to skyrocket. However, the loss of driving privileges in New Jersey can also inhibit the ability of the juvenile to go to school and work. A judge may not suspend the child’s driver’s license for more than 12 months under most circumstances.

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