Camden NJ Juvenile Arrest Lawyer
Criminal Defense Attorney with Offices in Haddonfield, New Jersey
The criminal defense team at the the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison defends juveniles charged with offenses such as shoplifting, unlawful possession of a weapon, and criminal mischief in Camden County including Cherry Hill, Pine Hill, Collingswood, and Mantua. With around 40 years of combined experience, our defense attorneys know what it takes to help keep the penalties to a minimum and get you the most desirable result in your case. In fact, one of the members of our criminal defense team is a former county prosecutor in New Jersey who used to work on various charges for the State. This means we can predict what kinds of arguments the prosecution will make and use this knowledge to defend your case. The Law Offices of Leonard Biddison are available anytime for a free initial consultation to speak with you about your case. Call us today at 866-721-9510.
Juvenile Arrests in New Jersey
In New Jersey, the law uses the term “taken into custody” rather than arrested when the police have probable cause that a minor has committed an act of juvenile delinquency. New Jersey law defines delinquency as the commission of an act that, if committed by an adult, would be a crime, disorderly persons offense, or violation of any law, ordinance, or regulation.
When a juvenile has allegedly committed an offense an is taken in by police, there is not always a complaint filed against him. Many times, the police will issue a “stationhouse adjustment” which essentially amounts to a warning where there is a mediation between the juvenile, the victim, and the juvenile’s parents. Further, the juvenile may have to perform some community service, pay for the damage caused, or write an apology letter. This is beneficial because it allows the minor to learn a lesson without having to go through the full legal process with a prosecutor and judge.
If a complaint does happen to be filed against a delinquent, it must be screened by the Family Intake Division in the county that the juvenile lives in rather than the county where the alleged offense took place, which is the case for adults. Therefore, the case for a juvenile will take place in the county he or she resides in unless the judge orders otherwise. The Family Intake Division decides if the case should be transferred into a diversionary program, such as the juvenile conference committee, or if a hearing will take place before a Superior Court judge.
Note: The standard in juvenile cases is “in the best interests of the child.”
Note: One of our attorneys recently represented a juvenile in a possession of marijuana case and was able to get it the Family Intake Division to give the case to a probation officer. The officer gave the minor community service and kept the charges pending until the service was complete. So, in the end, the client did not get arrested, completed the community service, and the charges were dismissed.
Contact a Pine Hill NJ Juvenile Defense Lawyer for a Free Consultation
The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison are always available to speak with you about your case and begin to formulate an aggressive strategy to defend you against your juvenile charges. Our criminal defense team understands the details of juvenile law in New Jersey and we will use this knowledge to help you best defend against these charges. Call us today at 866-721-9510 for a free initial consultation about your case.