Juvenile Defense Attorney in Hudson County New Jersey

No parent is ever truly prepared to deal with that phone call from the local police department requesting that they come down to the police station because their child has been arrested. Unlike an adult, detectives are prohibited from interrogating a juvenile unless their parent(s) or guardian(s) is present. Therefore, it is important for a parent or guardian to be aware that anything their child may say can and most likely will be used against them. The Hudson County NJ juvenile defense attorneys at the Law Office of Jonathan F. Marshall strongly recommend that you speak to an experienced juvenile lawyer prior to having your child make any statements to the police.  It is also important to note here that pursuant to court rules, all juveniles must be represented by a lawyer at during their court proceedings.

Juvenile Criminal Lawyer in Jersey City NJ

Our team of Jersey City, NJ juvenile defense attorneys at the Law Office of Jonathan F. Marshall has the experience and skill set required to adequately protect their clients rights. Our team of eight criminal defense lawyers includes four former prosecutors. If you or your child has been arrested by the Jersey City, Kearny, Secaucus, North Bergen or Union City police department, we can help. If you have any further questions please contact our Jersey City office directly at (201) 309-1800 for free initial consultations.

Hudson County NJ Juvenile Charges:

    1. Juvenile Drug Possession
    2. Juvenile Drug Distribution
    3. Juvenile Aggravated Assault
    4. Juvenile Simple Assault
    5. Juvenile Criminal Mischief
    6. Juvenile Unlawful Possession of a Weapon
    7. Juvenile Robbery
    8. Juvenile Burglary

Hudson County NJ Family Court, Juvenile Division:

Key Differences between the Adult Criminal Justice System & Juvenile Justice System

The juvenile criminal justice system in New Jersey is focused more on rehabilitation instead of the “lock them up and throw away the key” mentality like the adult criminal justice system. All juvenile matters that occur in Hudson County New Jersey will be handled in the Family Division of the Hudson County Superior Court in Jersey City NJ.  (the only time this changes is if the juvenile resides outside of the County and when that happens, the matter will be transferred to the Family Division of the County Superior Court where the juvenile resides) Conversely, all adult criminal charges that occurs in Hudson County will be handled in Criminal Division of the Hudson County Superior Court. One other important distinction between the two systems is that the juvenile’s criminal record will be sealed when they turn 18. In the adult system, the adult’s criminal record will remain their unless they are eligible for an expungement and one is granted. An probably one of the most important distinctions between the two systems is the way in which a trial is conducted. In the juvenile criminal justice system all criminal trials will be conduct as a bench trial as opposed to the common jury trial method used in the adult system. (In the adult system it is the defendant’s right to decide what type of trial they would like)

Hudson County Juvenile Defense Lawyers

As you can tell from above, the juvenile criminal justice system is run very differently then the adult criminal justice system. Thats why it is imperative that you speak to an experienced Hudson County New Jersey juvenile defense attorney about your options. The Law Office of Jonathan F. Marshall has over 100 years of combined experience on staff, including over twenty-five years of prior prosecuting experience. If you or your child would like a consultation about their pending juvenile charges, whether it be simple assault, marijuana possession, cocaine distribution or robbery, please contact our Jersey City office directly at (201) 309-1800 immediately.