Juvenile Defense Attorneys in Morris County NJ
The Juvenile Criminal Justice System in New Jersey has a different goal in mind when it comes to handling criminal matters as opposed to the Adult Criminal Justice System. For the most part, the juvenile criminal justice system in New Jersey is geared towards rehabilitating the juvenile as opposed to the adult system where its geared more towards punishing and deterring. With that being said, the Judge will look to punish the juvenile if the offense is severe enough and/or if the juvenile is not a first time offender. Pursuant to the New Jersey Court Rules, if a juvenile is charged with a criminal offense, including but not limited too marijuana possession, criminal mischief, robbery, shoplifting, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute or aggravated assault, an attorney is mandatory. If your child has been charged with a criminal offense in towns like Chatham, Madison, Morristown, Dover, Denville, Boonton, Montville, Butler or elsewhere in Morris County, the Law Office of The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall can help. We have extensive experience handling juvenile criminal matters in Morris County. Our attorneys are available 24/7 to help assist in any way possible. If you would like to discuss your options with any one of the eight Morris County juvenile defense lawyers on staff at the Law Office of Jonathan F. Marshall, please contact our Morristown office at (973) 309-7050. Now here is some important information with regards to the Juvenile Criminal Justice System in New Jersey.
Madison NJ Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorneys
If your child has been charged with a criminal offense in Morris County it is imperative that you understand how the system will work. First and foremost, the juvenile’s case will be heard in the Family Division of the Superior Courthouse in the county where the juvenile resides. Therefore, if your child was charged with a criminal matter in Essex County but you live in Morris County, then the matter will be handled in the Morris County Superior Courthouse, Family Division. Furthermore, unlike the adult criminal justice system, regardless of the degree of the charge (i.e. disorderly persons offense or felony) the matter will be heard in the Family Division of the Superior Courthouse. Wherein the adult criminal justice system, only felony matters will be handled in the Superior Courthouse and those will be heard in the Criminal Division. In addition, as stated above, the juvenile criminal justice system in New Jersey is geared towards rehabilitation as opposed to punishing. With that being said, the types of potential penalties vary drastically. The Judge may impose community service, probation, a deferred disposition, essays, rehab and even a Jamesburg sentence (Juvenile Detention Center). It is also important to note here, that regardless of the charge, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will be representing the State against your child. Furthermore, of the most important distinctions between the two systems is the fact that in the Juvenile Criminal Justice System, a Defendant does not have the right to a jury trial, their only option is what is know as a bench trial. For more information on how the juvenile system works, please contact our Morristown Office at (973) 309-7050. Now here is a list of charges that our team of Morris County New Jersey Juvenile Defense Attorneys routinely handle:
- Juvenile Aggravated Assault
- Juvenile Simple Assault
- Juvenile Drug Possession
- Juvenile Drug Distribution
- Juvenile Robbery
- Juvenile Burglary
- Juvenile Shoplifting
- Juvenile Criminal Mischief
Morris County NJ Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyers
The Law Office of The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall has extensive experience in handling all types of juvenile criminal matters, including heroin possession, simple assault, theft of moveable property, possession of a fake id, marijuana distribution and harassment. As touched upon above, the juvenile criminal justice system is run completely different then the adult criminal justice system, therefore, it is imperative that you seek the assistance of an experienced Morris County juvenile defense firm. If your child has been charged with a criminal offense in towns like Pequannock, Washington, Roxbury, Rockaway, Dover, Chester, Jefferson or Kinnelon and needs to appear in the Morris County Superior Courthouse, Family Division, we can help. To set up a free initial consultation, please contact our Morristown office at (973) 309-7050.