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Juvenile Charges

Bergen County NJ Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorneys

iStock_000000386543SmallIf your child has been charged with a criminal offense in Bergen County New Jersey it is imperative for you to speak to an experienced juvenile criminal defense attorney.  The juvenile criminal justice system in New Jersey is drastically different then the adult criminal justice system. The overall goal of the juvenile system in is to rehabilitate the individual not to punish and incarcerate them. The Law Offices of Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver has over 100 years of combined experience on staff, including over twenty years combined of prosecuting experience. Our firm have been representing juveniles charged criminal throughout Bergen County in towns like Paramus, Hackensack, Fort Lee, Mahwah, Ramsey, Saddle Brook, Ridgefield Park and Rochelle Park for over fifteen years. If your child has been charged with a criminal offense and is under the age of eighteen it is important that you speak to a juvenile criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Common Juvenile Charges in Bergen County:

    1. Juvenile Drug Possession
    2. Juvenile Robbery
    3. Juvenile Shoplifting
    4. Juvenile Burglary 
    5. Juvenile Criminal Mischief
    6. Juvenile Drug Distribution
    7. Juvenile Aggravated & Simple Assault
    8. Disorderly Conduct
    9. Theft 
    10.  Sexual Assault

Important Distinctions between the Juvenile & Adult System:

    • As stated above, the juvenile system is geared towards rehabilitation instead of the traditional punishment aspect of the adult system.
    • Juvenile matters will be handled in the Family Division of the Bergen County Superior Court instead of the Criminal Division where adult criminal matters are handled.
    • Any juvenile record received will be sealed when the minor reaches the age of 18 as opposed to the adult system where it will remain on that individual’s record until it is eligible to be expunged.
    • A trial in the juvenile system will be handled as a bench trial as opposed to the common jury trials conducted in the adult system.

Common Punishments for a Juvenile in NJ:

Traditionally, if the minor was charged with a low level offense, defense counsel can convince a judge to allow the minor to enter a diversionary program. Further, counsel may even be able to convince the judge to divert the case out of the Family Division and send the matter to a Juvenile Conference Committee.

With all that being said, if the minor is charged with a serious crime such as robbery, burglary, drug distribution or carjacking the prosecution may attempt to have the juvenile waived up to the criminal division an prosecuted as an adult. This would subject the individual the potential of lengthy incarceration and a permanent criminal record.

Experienced New Jersey Juvenile Criminal Defense Firm

The Law Offices of Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver has the experience in the juvenile justice system to adequately protect your child’s rights.  It is imperative that you speak to an attorney about your options as a juvenile conviction can weigh heavily on your child’s future for example getting admitted into colleges. Please contact any one of our Bergen County offices for a free consultation with one of our experienced juvenile defense attorneys.

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Jonathan F. Marshall and the members of such firm. You are not considered a client of the firm until
you have signed a retainer agreement and your case has been accepted by one of our attorneys.

Note on Prior Results: Prior results, notwithstanding the similarity of circumstances, do not guarantee or predict a similar outcome with respect to any pending or future matter.