What to Know About Juvenile Crimes in New Jersey

If your child is facing criminal charges, you likely have a lot of questions about the process ahead. Read on to learn more about juvenile crimes in New Jersey.

Common Juvenile Crimes

Children make mistakes as they grow and learn. In New Jersey, the most common crimes committed by those under 18 include:

  • Shoplifting/Larceny
  • Simple Assault
  • Drug Abuse Violations
  • Underage Drinking
  • Vandalism

What do juvenile proceedings entail?

It is important to understand that when it comes to juvenile crimes, the goal is not punishment, but rather rehabilitation and getting the child the help they need. Depending on the situation, juvenile proceedings may involve:

  • Juvenile Conference Committee or Intake Services Conference: This involves the juvenile and their parents discussing the case with a trained citizen volunteer panel or a Judiciary staff person. This process is informal and does not determine delinquency. 
  • Juvenile referee/Informal court: A hearing will take place, during which the juvenile is expected to admit or deny the crime. The facts of the case will be reviewed to determine delinquency so that recommendations can be made to the judge. 
  • Judge/Formal court: A judge oversees a court hearing where the juvenile will plead guilty or not guilty, and the court can order a consequence for rehabilitation.

When would a juvenile be tried as an adult?

It is important to know that if a juvenile commits a serious crime, such as rape, homicide, armed robbery, they may be treated as an adult in the eyes of the law, even if they are under 18.

What consequences can a juvenile face?

If found guilty, a juvenile can face a variety of consequences for their actions, including: 

  • Community service
  • Fines
  • Probation
  • Release to a parent or guardian
  • Required support services or parental involvement
  • Residential mental health and/or substance abuse and alcohol treatment
  • Restitution
  • Transfer of custody
  • Secure confinement/incarceration
  • Suspended driver’s license
  • Work, outdoor, academic, and/or vocational programs

If your child is facing criminal charges, our firm is here to help. We will defend you every step of the way.

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