Paterson NJ Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorneys
Parents rarely anticipate receiving a phone call from police or school informing them that their child has been arrested. While panic is a natural response to such news, it is important to know that the Juvenile Court in Paterson NJ follows different rules and punishment when it comes to crimes committed by children. If your child has been arrested or charged with a juvenile offense in Passaic County, a defense attorney should be present during police questioning to protect your child’s rights and the child must be represented by an lawyer at any court proceedings under New Jersey law. Our team of attorneys includes several former prosecutors and possesses over 100 years of experience to insure that your child is protected. Since you have no choice but to hire a lawyer, we hope you consider our law firm in your search for representation. Our office has extensive experience representing juveniles charged with criminal offenses in towns like Wayne, Clifton, Totowa, Ringwood, Hawthorne and Little Falls. Initial consultations are free of charge and lawyers can be reached anytime 24/7 at 862-203-4070.
Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyers in Passaic County NJ
The Passaic County juvenile offense attorneys at Law Offices of Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver can help defend your child against all criminal charges including, but not limited to:
- Drug Possession & Distribution
- Aggravated & Simple Assault
- Disorderly Persons Offenses like Criminal Mischief, Harassment, Disorderly Conduct, etc.
- Possession of a Weapon
- Robbery & Other Theft Offenses
- Sex Crimes
How It Works: Paterson Family Court, Juvenile Division
Children under the age of 18 who are accused of committing a criminal act have their cases heard by the family court rather than a municipal court or the county criminal court. The primary focus of the juvenile system is to rehabilitate children and teenagers to prevent future reoccurrence of delinquent behavior rather than to punish. In some situations, however, the prosecutor may file a petition to have a juvenile waived up to the adult criminal court system. A waiver is typically limited to situations involving a serious felony, a child with an extensive prior record and/or a child who is close to the age of majority when a significant crime is committed. All children must be represented by an attorney throughout juvenile court proceedings so a parent or guardian must either retain private counsel or be approved for a public defender because they cannot afford their own lawyer.
Clifton NJ Juvenile Criminal Lawyers
No matter what the charges against your son or daughter are, we will do whatever we can to protect your child’s rights. We understand that many Passaic County juvenile offenses result from youthful mistakes and we will work aggressively to prevent these lapses in judgment from damaging your child’s future.