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What You Should Know About Juvenile Crimes in New Jersey

It is important to understand the law surrounding juvenile crimes as they are different than adult criminal offenses. To learn more, continue reading and reach out to a skilled and dedicated Bergen County juvenile offense attorney. Our legal team is on your side and will put you and your child first.

What are juvenile crimes in New Jersey?

The state of New Jersey considers anyone under the age of 18 to be a juvenile. As a result, the state handles juvenile crimes differently than those committed by individuals over the age of 18. If a child under the age of 18 is charged in New Jersey, their case will be handled differently than typical adult criminal cases. Typically, juvenile cases are held in the family division of New Jersey’s Superior Court and are heard by the Juvenile Conference Committee. Instead of a judge, this Committee of volunteers will decide the outcome of your child’s case. It is critical that parents of juvenile offenders comprehend that if the offense is very serious, the case can be brought up to adult criminal court. Some of the offenses that can be waived up to criminal court include murder, rape, assault, and other violent acts. If you and your child are facing this situation, it is essential that you retain the services of a skilled attorney as soon as you can. With the help of our seasoned and assertive legal team, you can ensure that your child’s future will be our focus.

What is juvenile representation?

It is important to understand that all juvenile offenders must be represented by an attorney in the state of New Jersey. Even though adults in New Jersey are permitted to waive their rights to legal representation, it is not possible for juveniles facing criminal charges. As a result, a parent of an accused juvenile must retain the services of an attorney, and will therefore be held financially responsible for all related costs. However, if you believe you are unable to afford the cost of an attorney, you may request the assignment of a public defender. You will want to keep in mind, though, that New Jersey courts frequently reject requests for public defenders if they think the parent or guardian is capable of paying for an attorney.

Reach out to our firm today to learn more about how a skilled Bergen County criminal defense attorney can help you.


Kevin T. Conway is an experienced Bergen County criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need an aggressive criminal lawyer, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway for a free consultation.

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