Is There Anything Worse Than Having Your Child Placed Under Arrest?
Although juvenile justice is the area of criminal law applicable to persons under 18, sometimes a court can try your child as an adult, with prison as a consequence of any conviction. This can occur when the crime is serious and the child cannot be rehabilitated.
Fortunately, most juvenile matters stay in juvenile court. But even a juvenile delinquency adjudication can seriously jeopardize your child’s future plans for the college of their choice and ultimately, their career. That is why you need an attorney with almost 30 years experience in the juvenile justice system.
Message to Parents
There is nothing more disturbing to a parent of young teenager than to find out your child has been arrested. As a father, I understand the impulse to both punish and blame yourself for your child’s misdeed. However, by hiring me to defend your child, you have taken the first positive step to ensure that this temporary miss-step does not turn into a lasting mistake. When I take on a juvenile case, it is to defend, not coddle your child. The last lesson I want your child to learn is that, "Mom and Dad paid for a lawyer to get me off." The lesson I try to instill in my juvenile clients is that I will try my best to make sure they are treated fairly and try to protect them from obtaining a record which may hinder their future. IT IS UP TO YOUR CHILD TO HELP ME ACHIEVE THIS GOAL.
Call me today at 732-455-5018 for a free consultation.
Message to Teenagers
As a juvenile defendant, you may retain an attorney at any stage of your case but my advice is the sooner the better. You may believe that you can represent yourself and, of course, you have the legal right to do so, but this is often a bad idea. Prosecutors are well versed in the law and will NEVER have your best interest in mind. In fact, just the opposite is true.
You need someone who speaks their language and is not afraid to assert your rights at all times. You need to protect yourself, from yourself. Often, people who defend themselves run the risk of running off at the mouth in an attempt to lobby for their own cause. In doing so, they often make a bad impression on the prosecutor and add fuel to the fire. The urgency to impart your side of the story can backfire. You need a "buffer" between you and the prosecution and the judge. That buffer is me.
I am a former Assistant Prosecutor my background gives me a unique insight and access when dealing with members of my former office, some of whom are judges and prosecutors throughout the state.