East Windsor Juvenile Lawyer
Receiving a phone call that your child has been arrested in East Windsor or another local town is probably one of your worst nightmares. Staying calm is the very best thing you can do to help your juvenile son or daughter at this point. Of course, you are upset, anxious, and possibly even angry. Despite this, it is extremely important that you try to remain as composed as possible and contact an experienced Mercer County Juvenile Lawyer who can ensure your child’s rights and future are properly protected against a juvenile criminal conviction.
Also, as soon as you possibly can, you need to convey to your child that he or she should not speak to the police until your attorney arrives, other than to give his or her name, address and phone number. The sooner a lawyer is on the case, the better able he or she will be to keep the juvenile from making any type of incriminating statement.
An attorney at the Marshall Law Firm is available to assist you immediately so that none of your child’s rights are compromised. From the moment our defense lawyers take on a juvenile case in East Windsor or elsewhere in Mercer County, they focus on securing the very best outcome for our client. And we have over a century of experience between us to put into action on you and your child’s behalf. We can help with any juvenile offense you son or daughter may be facing at the Family Division in Trenton, including:
- Sex offenses;
- Drug charges;
- Weapons violations;
- Waiver and retention hearings, and
- Criminal mischief.
East Windsor New Jersey Juvenile Crime
East Windsor made the top 100 school districts in the state of New Jersey in 2016, although they were listed at number 90. Despite this, juveniles continue to commit crimes in East Windsor, and parents and their New Jersey attorneys must deal with this. Across the state of New Jersey, juvenile arrests comprise about 22.2 percent of all “serious” arrests such as murder, weapons charges, burglary, assault and sex offenses.
The Juvenile Justice System in New Jersey
Just last year, New Jersey became only the 21st state in the United States to ban solitary confinement for juveniles as a punitive measure. About 90 percent of all juveniles who are incarcerated in the state of New Jersey are Black and Latino, and the cost per year for incarcerating a juvenile is a staggering $200,000. Across the nation, on any given day, more than 50,000 juveniles are confined in the juvenile justice system.
Rather than receiving the support they desperately need, many of these juveniles are simply herded through a system which can be unsafe, costly, and can be heavily weighted with ethnic and racial disparity. Consider that in the state of New Jersey, while juveniles of all races commit non-violent crimes at about the same rate, Black juveniles are 24 times as likely as white juveniles to be incarcerated.
If your child enters the juvenile justice system, this means a complaint, charging the commission of a delinquent act, has been signed, or the officer can choose to divert the case, meaning your child might be released into your custody, with or without a warning. Usually your child will only be detained in a juvenile facility if he or she is considered a threat to the community, or a flight risk. If the charges against your child are proven, he or she will be “adjudicated delinquent,” rather than “convicted.”
East Windsor NJ Juvenile Crime Attorney
Since your child is required to have legal representation, it only makes sense on your part to have the very best East Windsor juvenile criminal defense attorney you can find in your child’s court. Our attorneys have been practicing at the Juvenile Part in Trenton and are available for free consultation 24/7 at 609–683–8102. A lawyer with the knowledge and skill to mount a successful defense is ready now.
We serve clients throughout Mercer County, New Jersey — including Trenton, Hamilton, Princeton Borough, West Windsor, East Windsor, Lawrence Township, Robbinsville, Hightstown, Princeton Township, Ewing and Hopewell — and surrounding areas, including Hunterdon County and Burlington County.