Juvenile Charged as Adult Offender

Juvenile Charged as Adult Offender in Newark, NJ

Juvenile Crime Attorneys with Offices in Newark, New Jersey

Newark Juvenile Charged as Adult Lawyers Essex county NJIf your child is facing juvenile criminal charges and has been charged as an adult in Essex County or anywhere else in New Jersey, the consequences could be severe. You son or daughter could be looking at real jail time with hardened criminals. Beyond that, an adult criminal record could make it impossible for your child to go to college or get a good career in the future. This might be the most important moment of their lives. It is imperative that they have an experienced attorney on their side.

The criminal defense attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm understand the nuances of juvenile law in New Jersey. Moreover, we have vast experience in the NJ juvenile justice system and have defended juvenile clients against charges ranging from simple possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct to aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a weapon. We regularly appear in superior and municipal courts throughout New Jersey, including courts in East Orange, Bloomfield, and Irvington. Additionally, one of the firm’s attorneys previously served as a Special Deputy Attorney General and Assistant Prosecutor in New Jersey, so we have a unique understanding of how prosecutors think in juvenile cases.

Call the Tormey Law Firm now at 201-654-3464 to speak with an experienced attorney about your child’s criminal charges.

Juvenile Cases: A Juvenile Charged as an Adult Offender

The juvenile court system is very different from the adult court system. The principles that govern juvenile court tend to focus on rehabilitation. That’s because juvenile judges are primarily concerned about “the best interests of the child.” By contrast, the adult court system aims to punish and deter offenders, with the end result being that defendants often face high rates of conviction and severe penalties. Needless to say, it is crucial for your son or daughter to remain in what is known as “family court,” which is where juvenile cases in New Jersey are adjudicated.

When a juvenile is charged with a violent crime such as aggravated assault, armed robbery, or kidnapping, the county prosecutor’s office may seek to have the juvenile offender charged as an adult. If the presiding judge in the case grants the prosecution’s motion, then the juvenile charges will be transferred to adult court and the juvenile will be tried as an adult defendant. This means that the juvenile will be subject to the more severe penalties associated with an adult conviction. In the worst cases, the juvenile offender can be sentenced to incarceration in New Jersey State Prison, where they will become a part of the adult prison population.

When determining whether to grant the prosecutor’s request to try the juvenile as an adult offender, the presiding judge will consider several factors:

  • The nature of the criminal offense
  • The age of the juvenile
  • Whether the juvenile has a prior criminal record
  • Whether the juvenile poses any danger to the public
  • The ability of the juvenile court to impose an appropriate punishment
  • The juvenile’s likely response to rehabilitation efforts

Free Consultation with an Experienced Irvington NJ Juvenile Defense Lawyer

The Tormey Law Firm has successfully defended numerous juvenile clients against both juvenile and adult charges in New Jersey courts. We will fight to keep your son or daughter out of the adult court system. Contact the knowledgeable Essex County criminal defense lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm today. You can reach us 24 hours a day by calling 201-654-3464, or you can email us to schedule an in-person meeting at our office in Newark, New Jersey.

Client Reviews
testimonials reviews
  • "Travis Tormey is the only lawyer I seek out to handle my legal affairs. Over the last four years, I have used Mr. Tormey’s services on numerous occasions to my great benefit. He promptly returns my messages, takes the time..."

  • "Travis Tormey is a superb attorney. He is skilled and knowledgeable. He handled my case with respect, kindness and quiet assurance. I would trust him with all future legal needs. He has many contacts in the legal profession..."

  • "Mr. Tormey is a consummate professional. Our case was sensitive and complicated and unusually lengthy for a juvenile case. For 8 months Mr. Tormey faithfully worked our case and never failed to show for court once. Punctual, disciplined..."

  • "Travis Tormey is an outstanding attorney. He helped me tremendously, more so than I ever could have imagined. He handled all aspects of my case with compassion, respect, and immense competence. He is a skilled and knowledge..."

  • "I was extremely nervous and anticipating the worst situation possible for my cases. Travis was a very reliable lawyer and everyone at his firm was extremely helpful. Travis went above and beyond inside and outside of the court room for me! ..."

Us in the News

  • Asbury Park Press
  • cbs radio
  • Daily Record
  • nj.com
  • The Record
  • The Star Ledger
  • Our Offices

    Hackensack Law Office

    254 State Street Hackensack, NJ 07601

    Get Directions Hackensack Law Office

    Newark Law Office

    1 Gateway Center, Suite 2600 Newark, NJ 07102

    Get Directions Newark Law Office