The last thing a parent wishes for their child is to have a criminal record follow them through life. Unfortunately, many adolescents find themselves facing the consequences of being caught in the criminal justice system.
In fact, in 2014, the National Center for Juvenile Justice reported that there are 67,776 juveniles in residential placement including detention centers, boot camps and juvenile rehabilitation halls in both public and private facilities. New Jersey alone has 604 adolescents in the state’s juvenile system according to a recent report from the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General. Out of those 604 teenagers, 328 of them are committed for various offenses, including:
- Larceny-Theft or Shoplifting
- Drug Possession & Sale
- Aggravated Sexual Assault
- Disorderly Conduct
- Weapons Offenses
- Motor Vehicle Theft
Regardless of the offense, every teenager who enters the juvenile criminal justice system risks losing his or her chance in securing a bright and successful future. At Daniel M. Rosenberg & Associates, we make it our goal to prevent this from happening to your child.
New Jersey’s Juvenile Criminal Justice System
Criminal conduct by juveniles in New Jersey is treated much differently by the court. Juvenile proceedings in New Jersey are not criminal prosecutions but are exercises of the State’s parens patriae jurisdiction in the interests of the juveniles. They are not governed in the Superior Court, Law Division-Criminal Part like adult matters. Rather, they are held in the Superior Court, Family Part.
The principal objective of the State’s process for addressing juvenile crimes is protective rather than punitive. This objective is not unique to New Jersey, but rather is a nationwide concern. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention maintains detailed records and statistics to help improve the juvenile justice system across the United States. Courts invoke education and treatment services to achieve reformation and rehabilitation of a juvenile criminal offender.
As a former Burlington County Assistant Prosecutor, Daniel Rosenberg of Daniel M. Rosenberg & Associates has extensive experience in juvenile matters and will seek to assist and guide the prosecutor and Judge to reach a resolution that meets that end.
Individuals under the age of eighteen (18) are deemed “Juveniles” in New Jersey and are treated much differently than adults. The goal of the Juvenile Justice System is to rehabilitate juveniles, as opposed to punish them. With proper representation, some juveniles may receive expungements in New Jersey courts. Daniel M. Rosenberg & Associates seeks to ensure your child receives the best possible opportunities to embrace their future.