Contact Our Jersey City Office To Speak To An Accomplished Criminal Attorney & Former County Prosecutor About Your Secaucus Juvenile Charges
Raising children is tough enough without a call from the Secaucus Police Department telling you they have your child in custody for committing a criminal offense. Ensuring your child’s rights are protected and making certain the case reaches a favorable outcome is crucially important when this occurs. There is little doubt that the skill, knowledge and experience of the New Jersey juvenile defense lawyer you choose to represent your child will play a major role in whether these goals are achieved.
At the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, our attorneys have the qualification to help you. Our team possesses credentials which are unquestionably impressive, including:
- Over 200 years of collective experience litigating juvenile cases at the Hudson County Superior Court
- Former county prosecutors that have served as Director of the Juvenile Unit, Major Crimes, Drug Task Force & the entire Trial Division
- Ten (10) lawyers that limit their practice exclusively to criminal defense
- Certified criminal trial attorneys on staff
- Many years of success defending juvenile criminal offenses arising in Secaucus and elsewhere in the County
It should be readily apparent from our background that the attorneys at our firm have first-hand experience handling juvenile delinquency cases within the jurisdiction. To learn more about how we can help your child, call 201-309-0500 for a free consultation. An attorney is available to help you 24/7.
Understanding Juvenile Offenses in Secaucus
As a general rule, someone under 18 years of age is exempt from prosecution in criminal courts when they commit acts that would otherwise be considered a disorderly persons offense or indictable crime under the New Jersey Criminal Code. Some of the more commonly encountered charges in juvenile court are:
- Possession of Marijuana
- Terrroristic Threats
- Aggravated Assault
- Drug Possession
- Handguns & Other Weapons
- CDS Distribution
- Drug Possession
- Sexual Assault
Waiving A Secaucus Juvenile Up To Adult Court. If a child is at least 14 years of age and engages in conduct that is considered violent in nature, the family court has the authority to transfer handling of the case to the criminal court. This process is customarily referred to as waiving a juvenile to adult court.
Exploring All Diversionary Programs. We also make every effort to have the matter handled without formal court proceedings. Juvenile cases can be resolved through diversion programs that keep them out of the court system. The Juvenile Conference Committee is a non-judicial process in which a committee hears from the victim, police officers, the child and other interested parties before making a recommendation for resolving the matter.
Differed Disposition of Charges. Our attorneys are always fighting for the resolution that is least punitive. Securing a differed disposition is an excellent option in achieving this objective. This form of resolution essentially places the child under the supervision of their parent(s) for a specified period. If the parent fails to report a violation of house rules and the child is arrest free, the charge is dismissed at the conclusion of the differed disposition period.
Disposition of Juvenile Cases in Secaucus
Juvenile cases that go through the family court and result in an adjudication of delinquency must then go through the disposition stage, which is similar to sentencing in criminal court. Judges have many options available to them at the disposition stage. As your child’s legal representative, we diligently work to persuade the judge to use the options best suited toward rehabilitation, including:
- Diversion programs
- Deferred disposition
- Mental health or substance abuse treatment and counseling
- Academic or vocational programs
- Confinement in a facility maintained by the Juvenile Justice Commission
- Community service
Our objective is always to secure the best possible result for a juvenile and his family. This obviously involves a committed to avoiding detention at all cost.
Secaucus Juvenile Defense Lawyer
A compassionate Secaucus juvenile defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall never loses sight of the impact juvenile court proceedings can have on your child’s future. We focus on ensuring an outcome that takes into account the wellbeing of your child. Contact our Jersey City Office now at 201-309-0500 to discuss your child’s case with one of our attorneys.