Hackensack Juvenile Crimes Lawyer
Defending Minors Who Are Facing Criminal Charges in Bergen County
It is especially important to speak with an attorney if you are a juvenile or are the parent of a juvenile charged with a crime. A juvenile may be charged with the same crimes as adults. The distinction that is critical for a juvenile is whether they will be charged as adults and thus face adult consequences or whether they will be charged as juveniles and face juvenile consequences. The consequences of being charged and convicted as an adult mean longer jail time, tougher sentences, fewer options for diversion, and a public criminal record.
Is your child facing criminal charges? Call The Law Office of Louis G. DeAngelis, LLC today at (201) 254-8484 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our juvenile crimes attorney in Hackensack.
What Factors Determine Whether a Juvenile is Charged as an Adult?
The factors involved in whether to certify a defendant as an adult include:
- The severity of the crime alleged to have been committed
- Other criminal history
- The age of the juvenile and proximity to 18
Of course, the more serious the charge a juvenile is facing and the closer they are to 18, the higher the risks.
Common Types of Juvenile Crimes
At the Law Office of Louis G. DeAngelis, LLC, our Hackensack juvenile crimes attorneys have experience representing juveniles across Bergen County, but some of the most common cases we see are:
Do Juveniles Have Additional Protections?
A juvenile has additional legal protection in addition to the other protections afforded to adults. Juvenile criminal records are kept confidential except in some subsequent criminal proceedings. A juvenile generally faces fewer criminal consequences, and the focus is more on rehabilitation and diversion than incarceration.
Request Our Juvenile Crime Lawyer Before Speaking With The Police
But, most importantly of all, a juvenile cannot be questioned by police without the consent of a parent. And in the process of giving consent for a minor to speak with police, parents and guardians often make the same mistakes that defendants do when dealing with police. Parents and guardians want their children to be responsible for their actions, but minors have a right to decline speaking with police and answering their questions and should request a lawyer.
Contact the Law Office of Louis G. DeAngelis, LLC, today to schedule a free consultation with our Hackensack juvenile crimes lawyer.
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