Juvenile Crime Lawyer in Mt. Laurel, NJ
New Jersey Juvenile Defense Attorneys Help Minors Fight Juvenile Crime Charges in Burlington County, Gloucester County & Camden County, NJ
If your child is under 18 years old and is accused of a crime in New Jersey, the matter will most likely be heard in the Family Court. However, if the crime involves a serious offense, such as armed robbery, the prosecutor can seek to have the case moved to the Superior Court, Criminal Division, where the outcome can be life altering and the penalties harsh. You and your child need a competent, compassionate New Jersey juvenile defense attorney by your side and guiding you through the complexities of the NJ juvenile court system.
The Law Offices of Michele Finizio has successfully represented juvenile clients accused of crimes in Evesham, Medford, West Deptford, Camden, Cherry Hill, and everywhere else in New Jersey. Attorney Finizio can help your child avoid the most severe penalties for a juvenile crime conviction in NJ.
Juvenile Criminal Matters Heard in New Jersey Family Court
When dealing with juvenile criminal matters, the Family Court focuses on a result that will rehabilitate the offender. Many times, this can be achieved without incarceration. A juvenile who is found guilty of a juvenile offense may be required to pay fines, make restitution for damages he or she caused the victim, or perform community service in lieu of restitution. Other rehabilitative measures are also available under New Jersey laws regarding juvenile criminal matters.
Juvenile Criminal Matters Heard in New Jersey Criminal Court
In the “adult” Criminal Court system of New Jersey, where your child would be treated as an adult in sentencing, a conviction may result in a term of imprisonment. While this may seem like a good reason to avoid criminal court at all costs, only a qualified juvenile crime attorney can explain to you and your child the advantages and disadvantages of the two alternatives. For instance, there is no option for a jury trial in juvenile cases that are resolved in family court. There may be times when a skilled New Jersey juvenile defense lawyer would advise a strategy of letting a Criminal Court jury see your child, hear your child’s side of the story, and reach a conclusion based on these human variables. It is the job of a knowledgeable, competent juvenile defense attorney to ascertain whether accepting or contesting a waiver to Criminal Court is in the best interests of your child.
Typical Juvenile Crimes in New Jersey
Michele Finizio is a New Jersey juvenile defense lawyer who has extensive experience representing children and teenagers accused of all types of crimes, including disorderly conduct, shoplifting, truancy, vandalism, and traffic offenses. She is also prepared to defend your child against more serious offenses, such as assault or threat crimes, DUI or driving while intoxicated, auto theft, underage drinking, drug possession or distribution, theft of movable property, robbery, or burglary. In addition, Attorney Finizio has the knowledge needed to defend your child against charges such as internet crimes or sexual assault.
Escalation of Crimes & Expungement of Juvenile Crimes
Some crimes that a juvenile is more likely to commit can carry “escalated” consequences. For example, if your child hits a teacher or a police officer, a simple assault charge instantly becomes aggravated assault. Additionally, a guilty verdict for graffiti/vandalism or possession of marijuana can mean the loss of a juvenile’s driver’s license.
If your child’s case does result in a finding of guilt, that conviction will not automatically disappear when your child turns 18 years of age. A motion to seal, or expunge, the record of your child’s juvenile arrest and conviction must be filed with the Court. NJ criminal court lawyer Michele Finizio can guide you and your child every step of the way to ensure that a careless misstep has the smallest possible impact on your child’s future.
Free Consultation with Cherry Hill, NJ Juvenile Defense Attorneys at the Law Offices of Michele Finizio
The Cherry Hill juvenile defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Michele Finizio are experienced criminal law attorneys who are well-versed in the complexities of the juvenile court system that is played out in the New Jersey Family Courts, as well as in the Criminal Courts. Our juvenile defense attorneys are prepared to review the specific facts of your child’s case and discuss your particular objectives in resolution of the matter. Only after careful consideration will we recommend acceptance of a plea bargain or proceeding to trial.
Contact Attorney Finizio today by calling 856-242-7300 or by filling out the firm’s online contact form to schedule a free consultation at our Moorestown, NJ office.