The consequences of being adjudicated a juvenile delinquent are very serious, and could lead to lengthy incarceration (Training School for Boys/Girls, or Jamesburg), probation, and fines. Most significantly, however, being labeled a juvenile delinquent can have grave, life-long consequences related to future school and employment opportunities.
At Schiller McMahon, both of our attorneys are former prosecutors who have collectively handled thousands of juvenile matters, with cases ranging from possession of marijuana to “sexting” to homicide. Our team of New Jersey juvenile defense attorneys seeks to provide winning results for each and every client, and will stop at nothing to achieve success and client satisfaction. The firm’s founding attorneys, Brian S. Schiller (clicking name links bio) and Joshua F. McMahon (clicking name links bio), have a proven track record of success.
Under New Jersey law, juveniles under the age of 18 that commit certain crimes can be involuntarily or voluntarily “waived up” to adult court. The process of waiver, should the government succeed, results in a juvenile facing charges in adult court along with much more serious consequences than those in juvenile court. Whether a juvenile can be “waived up” depends on the nature of the crime and/or his/her criminal history, amongst other statutorily-prescribed factors.
In New Jersey, juveniles who are charged with crimes or offenses are prosecuted by the same highly-trained and experienced prosecutors as adults, with two differences. The first is that juvenile matters are prosecuted before the Family, as opposed to Law, Division. The second differences is that there is no jury in juvenile court, and the Judge is the ultimate decider of your fate.
If your son, daughter or loved one is under the age of 18 and has been charged with a criminal offense, do not risk their future. Contact Schiller McMahon today for a free, in-person consultation to discuss the facts of their case and hear how the firm can assist you in achieving the best outcome possible.