Robbinsville NJ Juvenile Defense Attorneys
We assume that your child has been charged with a criminal offense or is suspected of violating the law in Robbinsville given that you have landed on this page. If you son or daughter is facing allegations of juvenile delinquency, the related offense will be directed to the Family Division of the Mercer County Superior Court which is located in Trenton since that is the only court with jurisdiction to preside over a complaint filed in Robbinsville Township against someone under 18 years old. The defense attorneys that are employed at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have extensive experience representing minors who are accused of offenses such as:
- Aggravated Assault
- Possession of Marijuana
- Distribution of Drugs
- Sexual Assault
- Terroristic Threat
- Criminal Mischief
An attorney at the firm is ready to review all of the facts surrounding the juvenile charge lodged against your child and to develop a plan to successfully defend the case. To speak to a lawyer in a free initial consultation now, contact our office at 609–683–8102.
The Process of Adjudicating a Robbinsville Juvenile Charge
If your child has been accused of committing a delinquent act, he or she may be taken into custody, where your child will be advised of his or her rights. The officer may then divert your child’s case, rather than signing a formal delinquency complaint, releasing your child to you, with or without a warning. (Known as “counseled and released”). The officer may also refer your child’s case to the Court intake service, where it will be reviewed, and a determination will be made regarding whether the case will be sent to Informal Court or the Superior Court.
From a parent’s point of view, the process above begins when the dreaded phone call, usually in the middle of the night, is received. It can be difficult to keep your composure and stay calm, however it is necessary for your child’s future that you do just that. Of course, you are anxious, upset, stressed, and even angry, but what you do in the next few hours will determine the outcome of your child’s charges. Try to calmly listen to both sides of the issue, then contact an experienced Robbinsville juvenile criminal defense attorney as soon as you have the necessary facts.
Helping Your Child When He or She is in Legal Trouble
You will want to make sure your child does not accidentally say something which could incriminate him or her, so until your attorney arrives, advise your child to take the right to remain silent seriously, and don’t waive your child’s rights by agreeing to a search of his or her vehicle or your home. Many parents do so in an attempt to convince the police there is nothing to hide, and their child did nothing wrong, unfortunately this can backfire and cause your child serious problems in the future.
This can ensure your child will not inadvertently incriminate himself or herself, and that your child’s rights will be completely protected. In the meantime, don’t waive your child’s rights, and don’t agree to a search of your home, or your child’s vehicle. Even if you think your child may have done something wrong, make sure he or she does not talk to the police or confess anything until your attorney arrives. Remember that a criminal record can have a huge impact on the remainder of your child’s life, and that the police may not have a strong case.
Robbinsville Juvenile Criminal Lawyer
It is imperative that you have an attorney that fully understands the juvenile justice system and possesses the skills to effectively defend your child. The Marshall Law Firm has a team of eight criminal lawyers that have over 100 years of experience defending minors arrested and/or charged with almost any charge you can imagine. A lawyer with the knowledge and ability to fully protect your child against the juvenile charge filed against them is available immediately. Call us at 609–683–8102 to speak to one of our attorneys.
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.