Unlike charges brought against an adult (someone 18 years of age or older), juvenile charges often originate in Family Court. These charges are similar to those against an adult but the consequences and penalties can vary greatly. If the allegations are serious in nature the matter can be transferred to Criminal Court. While the Family Court Judges aim to reduce the rate of recidivism and rehabilitate, Criminal Court Judges on the contrary tend to lean more toward consequences and punishments.
It is crucial to have competent legal representation since juvenile charges can have a negative impact long into the future. Future employers or education institutions may be privy to juvenile charges; this is not something that simply disappears upon a minor becoming of age. While it’s inevitable that our children will all make mistakes, it’s our goal at Cohen & Bernstein to make sure they are diligently represented and provided the opportunity to learn from their mistakes. As parents we understand this is key to ultimately instilling in our children the ability to understand the results of their actions. We welcome you to call and discuss your matter with us in confidence toward working toward a long term solution.