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Juvenile Defense Lawyer in Westmont

Fighting to Protect Your Child’s Rights & Future

Everyone makes mistakes, but minors can be particularly vulnerable to the concept of testing rules. When “rules” are actually New Jersey laws, the potential consequences are far more severe and can have a significant impact on a child’s life. Depending on the situation, the penalties associated with juvenile crimes can be extremely serious — including real jail time.

A conviction on a juvenile’s permanent record can easily affect future employment opportunities or college applications. Being charged with a crime as a minor can be especially scary and overwhelming. The juvenile court system involves different procedures and requires a criminal defense lawyer who has considerable experience defending young clients.

At The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen, our Westport juvenile defense attorney has the experience, certification, legal skills, and professional relationships that matter in seeking a positive outcome in juvenile criminal cases.

Contact us at (856) 351-5115 to schedule a free consultation for your child’s juvenile court hearing.

Common Juvenile Crimes in New Jersey

The most common juvenile crimes include:

  • Disorderly person offenses, traffic violations, curfew violation, disturbing the peace, loitering, car joyriding
  • School offenses – campus crimes, truancy, defaming school property
  • Assault and threat crimes – threatening with a weapon, harassment, stalking, simple assault, verbal threats, terrorist threats, physical assault, bullying, cyberbullying, cybercrime
  • Drug crimes – drug possession, drug use, drug distribution, DUID
  • DWI and alcohol-related crimes – underage drinking, DWI, DUI
  • Sex crimes – sexual assault, sexual harassment
  • Theft and property crimes – shoplifting, burglary, theft, vandalism, breaking and entering, trespassing, graffiti
  • Weapons crimes – possession, threatening with a weapon

The juvenile justice system focuses on educating and rehabilitating young people instead of punishing them. As such, a conviction may lead to confinement at home, being placed with a new guardian, or special community homes that offer group therapy and other rehabilitative programs. Juvenile hall generally acts as a holding facility during pre-trial or for those awaiting other programs or placement. Court-ordered rehabilitation may include counseling, drug rehab, community service, essay writing, and special correctional programs. Other penalties may include a reprimand from the judge, fines, electronic monitoring, or probation.

Being Tried as an Adult in New Jersey

In certain situations, a juvenile can be tried as an adult instead of in juvenile court. To try a minor as an adult, a waiver must be submitted within 60 days and approved to move the case to the adult criminal justice system. The minor in question must also be at least 14 years old. Harsher consequences are generally the rule for juveniles tried as adults.

The adult court system can be confusing and intimidating, making it even more difficult for a minor to understand his rights. Having an experienced Westmont juvenile criminal defense lawyer in your corner is vital to ensure that your child’s legal rights are protected and that he or she is treated fairly throughout the process.

Why You Need The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen

Being young and in trouble with the law can be a very scary experience. With our help, your child has a better chance of turning things around and facing much less severe punishments in the event of a conviction. With Attorney Jill Cohen on your side, you can expect quality representation from a lawyer who can fight for your child’s rights, argue his or her innocence where applicable, and work with the judge to achieve a favorable sentence.

Reach out to our juvenile defender at (856) 351-5115 today.


Proven Track Record of Success

Dedicated to Achieving the Best Possible Results for Each Individual Case

  • Aggravated Assault Not Guilty
  • Aggravated Manslaughter Appeal Granted
  • Aggravated Sexual Assault Dismissed
  • First Degree Aggravated Sexual Not Guilty
  • Restraining Orders Dismissed
  • Sexual Assault Dismissed
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