When a child is arrested for committing a crime in New Jersey, there is a lot at stake. Juvenile crimes are considered “offenses” in New Jersey and they are treated a little differently than adult criminal matters. Of course, parents are often very concerned when they learn that their child has been charged with an offense and may wonder how they can protect their child’s future. There are a few crucial things that parents or guardians need to know in the event that their child is facing charges.
First, it is essential to know that all juveniles who have been charged with an offense are legally obligated to be represented by an attorney at the expense of the parent or guardian. If the parent or guardian can prove that they are unable to afford an attorney, the court may appoint a public defender.
It is also important to be aware that if the juvenile is charged with a very serious or violent offense, it can be upgraded to an adult crime and the matter will be handled in the adult criminal court. However, most other crimes that remain juvenile offenses are handled in family court and are heard by the Juvenile Conference Committee.
If your child has been charged with an offense, contact our firm today.
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