Old Bridge police issue a lot of juvenile delinquency charges. Old Bridge Police and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office have taken a very hard line on juvenile delinquency lately. This is in large part due to the recent violent death of on Old Bridge resident who was allegedly beaten by several Old Bridge juveniles. Any juvenile who is charged with delinquency with have their case heard in the Middlesex County Superior Court. If your child is facing prosecution for a juvenile crime, I can help. Call to speak with a NJ Juvenile Lawyer.
Most Old Bridge juvenile arrests are for drug charges. The most common juvenile drug charge, by far, is possession of marijuana. The law that prohibits possession of marijuana is NJSA 2C:35-10(a)4. Possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana in Old Bridge is a disorderly persons offense, not a felony. However, if your child is found guilty of possessing marijuana or any other drug, they face a minimum mandatory driver’s license suspension for not less than 6 months. Old Bridge juveniles are commonly charged with other offenses besides drug charges. Assault juvenile charges, charges for burglary and criminal mischief are all common in Old Bridge.
Old Bridge is located in southern Middlesex County. The Old Bridge Police have jurisdiction over the town. There virtually no state police presence since no major highways run through the town. Route 9; Route 18; Route 34, and Route 516 are the main roads in the town. Old Bridge was first formed as a part of the former South Amboy Township. That town was first incorporated in 1684. South Amboy Township encompassed present-day Monroe, Old Bridge, Sayreville and South Amboy. Old Bridge has a land mass of approximately 42 square miles. It broke away from South Amboy Township in 1869. At that time, it formed as “Madison Township.” The town voted to change the name to Old Bridge in 1975. The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office handles all juvenile delinquency cases that arise in the county.
Juvenile’s often get charged with DWI in Old Bridge due to NJ’s strict motor vehicle law. Even a Blood Alcohol Content of .01 exposes a juvenile to an underage DWI, N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.14. If your son or daughter has been charged with an Old Bridge DWI, call now for a consultation. A DWI can have drastic motor vehicle and car insurance consequences.
An Old Bridge Police Officer may take a child into custody if the officer has probable cause to believe that the juvenile is delinquent. This is technically not an arrest. The police must immediately notify you if they take your child into custody. It is common for police officers to try to convince juveniles to come to the police station to give a statement. Whether or not to speak to police is an important decision. Many parents mistakenly feel that they have no choice but to do so.
Juvenile’s have many of the same constitutional rights an adults. This includes the right to remain silent. You should consult with an experienced juvenile defense attorney before having your child give a statement to police. Often, it is the defendant’s or juvenile’s own words that turn out to be the most damning in a trial.