Juvenile Criminal Defense

Making Your Defense A Personal Matter

Nowhere is our personal approach more evident than when it comes to juvenile offenders. Although we will focus on preparing a strong defense against the specific charges at Fridie Law Group L.L.C., we also keep an eye toward helping our young clients get their lives back on track.

Presenting Mitigating Factors To Your Benefit

New Jersey affords a different legal process for juvenile offenders under the age of 18. This is why it is important to seek counsel from an attorney who has experience in the niche area of juvenile criminal defense. There are several key differences. A juvenile crime is resolved by a bench trial, without a jury. The presider is a family law judge sitting in family court. The judge typically has more sentencing discretion than in adult criminal court, and the entire process is quicker, with resolutions within 90-120 days.

We have the experience to utilize these key differences in the New Jersey juvenile criminal justice system to your advantage. Prosecutors do not deal as directly with us, given the judge's increased role and discretion in juvenile court. For that reason, it is very important to present mitigating factors.

Pursuing Juvenile Adjudication Alternatives

Our strategy is tailored to you. If you are prepared to take measures that demonstrate your intent to right a wrong, there are options such as diversionary programs or probation that will avoid a juvenile record adjudication. In a deferred disposition, a juvenile offender who successfully completes a year-long probation may get his or her case dismissed. The charge is essentially held in abeyance during the probationary period. These alternatives are often contingent on your submitting to an evaluation by a psychologist. Our strategy may also highlight your family environment if there are caregivers who will support you in your program.

Preparing A Strong Defense For Every Client

First-time offenders are especially well-situated to pursue these alternatives to adjudication. Yet even repeat offenders can benefit by presenting mitigating factors to the judge. One option to serving time in a juvenile facility may include home monitoring. A judge may also lessen your sentence.

We cannot overemphasize the importance of seeking the counsel of an experienced juvenile criminal defense attorney. Simply being a minor is not a guarantee of the juvenile legal process. In fact, if you are over 16, the court has discretion to waive the case up to adult court.

Learn More About Our Juvenile Criminal Defense Practice

At our law firm, we take a hands-on approach to our juvenile clients. We work closely with their parents to find a legal strategy that will minimize the impact to their future and help them get back on track. Call our Cinnaminson office to schedule a free initial consultation about your case and see how our exceptional client service can work to your benefit. You may call us at 856-499-0400 or contact us online.