Juvenile Offenses

Former Juvenile Prosecutors & Other Talented Defense Lawyers In Our Jersey City Office Are Ready To Discuss Your Hudson County Juvenile Charges

All criminal charges filed against a juvenile are heard in Jersey City at the Hudson County Superior Court and require representation by an attorney.No parent is ever prepared for a phone call from the local police requesting that they bring their son or daughter down to the station so that they can be questions or actually charged with a criminal offense. In many cases, there isn’t even any notice of New Jersey juvenile charges prior to an arrest. Irrespective of the scenario which led you to your research, you should know that your child must be represented by an attorney absent your being what the law calls indigent. Unlike an adult, a juvenile must be represented by a lawyer at every stage of the court process.  It is certainly in your best interests to speak to one of the  Hudson County NJ juvenile defense attorneys at the Law Office of Jonathan F. Marshall so that you are fully informed of your child’s rights and options.

Juvenile Criminal Lawyer in Jersey City NJ

the team of juvenile lawyers at our firm has the experience and skill needed to fully protect your interests of your child. We have qualifications in this regard that are truly rare, including:

  • Over 200 years of combined experience defending juveniles who have been charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses in Hudson County
  • Ten (10) lawyers whose practices are limited 100% to representation of criminal defendants
  • Former county prosecutors that have served as Director of the Juvenile Unit, Major Crimes, Special Operations, Drug Task Force and even an entire Trial Division
  • Certified criminal trial attorneys, a distinction held by less than 2% of those licensed in the state
  • An office directly across from the Hudson County Courthouse where your son or daughter’s juvenile charges shall be heard

If you or your child has been arrested by the police in Jersey City, Kearny, Secaucus, North Bergen or Union City, we can help. If you have any further questions please contact our Jersey City office directly at 201-309-0500 for free initial consultations.

Hudson County NJ Juvenile Resources Directed At Specific Criminal Charges

  1. Hudson County Juvenile Drug Possession
  2. Hudson County Juvenile Drug Distribution
  3. Hudson County Juvenile Aggravated Assault
  4. Hudson County Juvenile Simple Assault
  5. Juvenile Criminal Mischief
  6. Juvenile Unlawful Possession of a Weapon
  7. Hudson County Juvenile Robbery
  8. Hudson County Juvenile Burglary

Navigating A Criminal Offense In The Hudson County NJ Family Court, Juvenile Division, As Compared To The Adult Justice System

The juvenile criminal justice system in New Jersey is focused more on rehabilitation instead of the “lock them up and throw away the key” mentality like the adult criminal justice system. All juvenile matters that occur in Hudson County New Jersey will be handled in the Family Division of the Hudson County Superior Court in Jersey City NJ.  The only time this changes is if the juvenile resides outside of the County and when that happens, the matter will be transferred to the Family Division of the County Superior Court where the juvenile resides. Conversely, all adult criminal charges that occurs in Hudson County are handled in either the Criminal Division of the Hudson County Superior Court (i.e. indictable crimes of the first, second, third or fourth degree) or in a local municipal court (i.e. disorderly persons offenses). One other important distinction between the two systems is that the juvenile’s criminal record will be sealed when they turn 18. In the adult system, the adult’s criminal record will remain their unless they are eligible for an expungement and one is granted. An probably one of the most important distinctions between the two systems is the way in which a trial is conducted. In the juvenile criminal justice system all criminal trials will be conduct as a bench trial as opposed to the common jury trial method used in the adult system. (In the adult system it is the defendant’s right to decide what type of trial they would like)

Hudson County Juvenile Defense Lawyers

As you can tell from above, the juvenile criminal justice system is run very differently then the adult criminal justice system. Thats why it is imperative that you speak to an experienced Hudson County New Jersey juvenile defense attorney about your options. The lawyers at the Law Office of Jonathan F. Marshall have over two centuries of combined experience, including over twenty-five years of prior prosecuting experience, to put into action in your juvenile’s defense. If you would like a consultation about a juvenile charge arising Bayonne, Hoboken, West New York, Harrison, Weehawken or another Hudson County town, call us at 201-309-0500 for a free consultation.