Leonard Biddison

Attorney at Law

(866) 721-9510

Philadelphia, PA

(866) 721-9510

Haddonfield, NJ

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Camden County NJ Juvenile Charged as an Adult Lawyer

Criminal Defense Attorney with Offices in Haddonfield, New Jersey 

Juvenile Charged as an Adult
Juvenile Charged as an Adult

When it comes to juveniles in New Jersey, the criminal justice system tends to be geared more towards rehabilitation and teaching a lesson rather than punishing the offenders. This is because many times these offenders are dealing with a difficult period in their life in regards to their family or school and end up making misguided decisions.  However, there are times when the prosecution elects to charge a juvenile with a crime as an adult. When this happens, the minor can be punished to the full extent that the law allows. If your son or daughter has been charged with a crime as an adult, it is imperative that you consult with a skilled and experienced attorney who can help get the best result in his or her case.

The criminal defense team at the the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison has had great success defending juveniles charged with offenses such as underage DWI, criminal mischief, and marijuana possession in Camden County including Cherry Hill, Lindenwold, Gloucester, and Haddon Township. With around 40 years of combined experience, our defense attorneys know what it takes to help 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.

Juveniles Charged as Adults in New Jersey 

The important thing to keep in mind when a juvenile has been charged with a crime is that the standard is different if he or she is charged as a minor or as an adult. As mentioned above, the juvenile system is concerned with the best interests of the child and these cases will take place in family court. The key in juvenile cases, therefore, is to keep it in family court. If the prosecution gets the case moved to adult court, which they will usually try to do with more serious crimes, the penalties associated with a conviction will be much more severe. These can include a long stay in New Jersey State Prison, and heavy fines.

When the prosecution tries to get the case moved to adult court, there will be a waiver hearing in front of a judge who will make the decision based on a variety of factors including:

  • The nature of the offense
  • The age of the juvenile
  • The juvenile’s prior history
  • The juvenile prior response to rehabilitation (if any)
  • The juvenile’s potential response to rehabilitation
  • The juvenile court’s ability to impose an appropriate punishment
  • The danger to the public

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 Lindenwold 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.

Experience You Can Trust

For the past 20 years, Mr. Biddison has provided his clients with excellent legal counsel in a broad variety of criminal matters. From straightforward issues to serious litigation, he offers you the experience and confidential advice you need to maneuver through the laws of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

When you’ve been accused of a crime, you are entitled to a thorough and competent criminal defense. Leonard D. Biddison Esquire ensures your legal rights are upheld. Allow our team to assist you during this difficult time.

Schedule an appointment by filling out the form on the right.

The Law Offices of Leonard D. Biddison

Areas We Serve

Burlington County, Mount Holly, Mount Laurel, Pemberton Twp. Camden County, Camden City, Cherry Hill Twp., Gloucester City, Gloucester Twp., Pennsauken, Winslow Twp. Gloucester County, Deptford Twp., Monroe Twp., Paulsboro Boro, Washington Twp., West Deptford Twp., Woodbury City, Bordentown Twp., Cinnaminson, Evesham Twp., Mansfield Twp., Maple Shade Twp., Medford Twp., Moorestown Twp., Palmyra Boro, Bellmawr, Clementon, Collinswood, Haddon Twp., Lindenwold, Pine Hill Boro, Stratford Boro, Voorhees Twp., Waterford Twp., Elk Joint Municipal Court, Franklin Joint Mun Ct, Greenwich Twp, Mantua Twp.


Philadelphia Location

230 South Broad Street Suite 1501

Philadelphia, PA

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Haddonfield Location

132 North Haddon Avenue

Haddonfield, NJ

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