Posted by: Wiley Lavender on Monday, November 11, 2019
Every parent is fearful of getting a call from the local police department saying that their child has been arrested. Unfortunately, New Jersey parents do receive such telephone calls. Worse yet, parents simply do not know what they can do on behalf of their child. According to New Jersey law, a juvenile is an individual who is under the age of 18 years. Therefore, the police can take children into custody no matter the age.
Remember this parents, under New Jersey law, juveniles have the same rights as any other criminal defendant. The Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of New Jersey guarantees these rights. Therefore, your child has the right to remain silent if he or she has been arrested. Likewise, he or she has the right to legal counsel. Call your attorney as soon as your child has been taken into police custody.
New Jersey has recognized that its legal system must treat juveniles accused of crimes differently than that of adults. In an effort to do so, the state has created the New Jersey Code of Juvenile Justice. The Code of Juvenile Justice has several purposes. Most significantly, the Code removes certain statutory penalties against children accused of criminal behavior. However, there are still serious legal consequences for children coming into contact with the criminal justice system. If the Court determines that your child is a juvenile delinquent, it can order incarceration for your child.