New Jersey Juvenile Defense
The public, and even some attorneys, believe that juvenile crime convictions are not as serious as convictions in adult cases. Juvenile records are often sealed, so many people believe, it is not important to mount a meaningful defense.
We could not disagree more with this assessment. Anthony Vecchio takes juvenile justice cases very seriously.
Juvenile Delinquency in the United States
Once a juvenile delinquency is charged, it is hard for that young person to smoothly transition back into his or her community.
Juvenile incarceration decreases the likelihood of high school completion by 13-39%. It also increases the chance of incarceration as an adult, by as much as 23-41%.
Once released, juvenile offenders typically have special educational needs. In addition, juvenile incarceration disproportionately affects minorities, particularly African-American males.
New Jersey Juvenile Crime Statistics
In New Jersey alone, there are currently 469 juvenile offenders who are either committed or under probation. Most of those persons are male and African-American. The most common criminal category is an offense against the person, which includes any use of force or threat of force against another individual.
Other common offenses committed by teens include violation of probation (indicating that many juvenile offenders have repeated contact with the criminal justice system) and disorderliness. Nearly half of those teens have special education needs, suggesting that juvenile offenders are an already at-risk population.
Types of New Jersey Juvenile Charges
Under New Jersey law, offenses that adults face can also be applied as juvenile delinquency offenses if the alleged offender is under the age of 18. Municipal offenses for cities and towns across New Jersey, other than traffic offenses, can also be charged in juvenile court.
Those offenses include:
New Jersey Juvenile Charges—What You Could Face
Aside from these broad trends, juvenile convictions put individuals at a serious disadvantage in their lives.
Thus, one brush with the law as a teenager, whether it be trespassing or underage drinking and driving, can lead to major career setbacks, especially in the legal profession or the military.
Juvenile Record Expungement
Why You Need a Juvenile Justice Attorney
New Jersey juvenile lawyer, Anthony J. Vecchio is passionate about defending juveniles against criminal and delinquency charges. He will work tirelessly to protect your child’s rights. He has been rated 10/10 by Avvo and has been listed as a Super Lawyers® Rising Star® since 2012.