Any minor who commits an illegal act can face juvenile delinquency charges that could affect him/her for the rest of their lives. Taking this matter lightly and not seeking legal advice, regardless of the child’s age, could put the child’s future education and career in jeopardy. In addition, depending on the severity of the crime, the child may be held out of school for long periods of time that would require him/her to make up the time after the case is completed and/or the penalties are served.
On the State’s website, they list the following information regarding what penalties your child can be facing in a juvenile delinquency case:
“The dispositions and consequences that the court could impose on your child in order to rehabilitate him/her and prevent future delinquency include but are not limited to:
- adjourned disposition;
- community service;
- release to parent or guardian;
- required support services;
- required parental involvement;
- residential mental health and/or substance abuse and alcohol treatment;
- transfer of custody;
- secure confinement/incarceration;
- suspension of driver’s license; and
- work, outdoor, academic, and/or vocational program”
It’s extremely important to understand that most juvenile delinquency cases will not be taken lightly in New Jersey. It is never assumed that it will only be a “slap on the wrist” because the person in question is a minor. In fact, your child may be detained if the court deems it necessary. Moreover, bail is not available for juveniles in cases in which it would be available to adults.
Call An Experienced, Monmouth and Ocean County Criminal Attorney
It is imperative to have an attorney at your side that can greatly increase your chances of reducing the sentence, ensuring the charge will not appear on your child’s future background checks, and to demonstrate that your child was not responsible for any crime at all. Fred Sisto can provide a defense that will ensure your child’s future is not affected by a mistake that the police made or that he/she made due to immaturity. Call Fred Sisto today at 732-898-3232 to have someone help you and guide you through this difficult time for you and your family.