It is important to know that some of the more serious juvenile cases may actually result in the minor being charged as an adult, which will have other severe repercussions. It is helpful for the parent or guardian of the juvenile who has been charged to be aware of the information surrounding the case and involved in the process.
The state of New Jersey will not let a child go through the legal process without the representation of an attorney. The juvenile has the right to a public defender if the parent/guardian can not afford to hire their own attorney. It is not easy to convince the state that the child requires a public defender unless neither of the child’s parents is employed.
If your minor child has been arrested and charged with a criminal offense, you should contact an experienced and compassionate attorney who can work towards protecting your child’s best interests.