Juvenile Defense Lawyers Morristown, NJ

New Jersey Juvenile Court LawyersNew Jersey uses the “JJC” or Juvenile Justice Commission to address all of the criminal cases alleged against those considered minors under NJ Law. The terms “minor” and “juvenile” are used interchangeably to refer to individuals under the age of 18. The JJC is the entity responsible for all planning and policy development related to the juvenile justice system. It was created in 1995 to help ensure that juveniles had their own criminal justice system that was less punitive than the adult system. The focus is three major issues: the care, custody, and rehabilitation of minors in New Jersey. Although the juvenile system is dedicated to upholding the standard of the best interests of the child, this should not lead you to believe that juvenile charges cannot result in severe consequences for those found guilty.

Juvenile Court in New Jersey

In addition to protecting the interests of juveniles in the system, the JJC also protects citizens throughout the state of New Jersey by ensuring that there is a program that addresses minors who may be considered dangerous to others. Public safety and personal responsibility are at the forefront of the JJC’s goals. The focus is also always on encouraging young people to be productive, independent, and law-abiding citizens in New Jersey. Unfortunately, situations occur in which young people are charged with criminal offenses such as possession of marijuana, cocaine possession, disorderly conduct, shoplifting, criminal mischief, trespassing, assault, and other crimes that force them into the Juvenile Court System. When these difficult scenarios occur, it is critical to have an experienced juvenile defense attorney protecting the rights of the minor and working toward the best possible result.

If your child has been charged with a juvenile criminal offense in New Jersey, the experienced juvenile lawyers at The Tormey Law Firm can help. Our attorneys defend minors in Family Court in Morris County and throughout New Jersey regularly and we are committed to protecting your child’s future from the detrimental effects of juvenile charges. Contact our firm anytime for an absolutely free and confidential consultation about your child’s  juvenile case.

NJ Juvenile Justice Process

How a Juvenile Enters the Criminal Court System

A young person enters the JJC system through a complaint process. The complaint charges the minor with a delinquent act. These delinquent acts would be considered a crime if an adult engaged in this type of activity.
Law enforcement can, and often does, take a juvenile into custody when he or she believes that a delinquent act has occurred. In addition to signing a delinquency complaint, an officer can also:

  • Release the juvenile to his or her parents or guardians with a warning or reprimand
  • Conduct a station house adjustment

The minor will be held in a secure detention facility in some cases. The officer must make a referral to court intake services for this type of admission to take place. The juvenile can also start the juvenile court process through non-law enforcement complaint or through a family crisis intervention unit referral. Family crisis intervention units (JFCIUs) divert specific problems away from the court. These specifically deal with family issues, including problems associated with:

  • Truancy
  • Runaways
  • Incorrigibility
  • Serious family conflict

JFCIUs provide crisis intervention services right away to try to stabilize the family situation. The JFCIU may also refer the family to other available community agencies as well.

Court Jurisdiction in NJ Juvenile Cases

The Family Court has jurisdiction over juvenile delinquency cases. However, a juvenile can also be waived into adult court as well. It is more likely that the minor will be treated as an adult if the delinquent act alleged is particularly violent, such as armed robbery, carjacking, aggravated assault with a weapon, manslaughter, or aggravated sexual assault.

Unlike the adult criminal justice system, minors charged with crimes in New Jersey generally appear in the Family Division of the Superior Court in the county where they live, not the county where the alleged offense occurred. In other words, if your child is charged with a juvenile offense in Hackensack but you live in Parsippany, their juvenile case will be heard in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown, NJ.

Possible Outcomes of a Juvenile Court Case in New Jersey

The next step in the JJC process is to determine whether a minor will be detained before their Family Court hearing. After that, the court will determine the “disposition” of this case. Disposition is another word for the result of a juvenile case. Assuming the charges are not dismissed, additional options for disposition may include:

  • Probation
  • Community-based services
  • Out-of-home services for child behavioral health
  • Fines
  • Restitution
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Incarceration in a juvenile detention center

The court may also use a “deferred disposition” to resolve a juvenile matter. This option allows the juvenile to avoid being adjudicated delinquent (same as a conviction for an adult) as long as he or she complies with certain conditions. It’s designed to be a second chance for a minor. The youth can avoid going to court and jail, paying fines, and having a criminal record. A deferred disposition is similar to a diversionary program for an adult, with terms of probation that ultimately prevent a juvenile charge from tarnishing the child’s record.

Juvenile Facing Charges in Morris County, New Jersey

If your child has been accused of a crime, navigating the juvenile justice system can be confusing and overwhelming for you and your family. Get legal help by calling the Morristown criminal defense team at The Tormey Law Firm. We have successfully defended countless juveniles in Family Court and adult court in New Jersey and we are fully prepared to present your child’s case in a way that will minimize the impact on his or her future.

Teenagers in Roxbury, NJ Accused of Posting Threatening Image of Gun on Social Media

Juvenile Crime Lawyers Roxbury NJTwo students at Roxbury Township High School were recently placed under arrest and charged with terroristic threats for allegedly posting a threatening message and image of a gun on Snapchat. According to authorities in Roxbury, New Jersey, the two juveniles, a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy, used social media to deliver the threat. The message reportedly read as follows: “I just can’t wait to get back from Spring Break.”

A short time after 1:30 p.m., the Roxbury Township Police Department got word of the threatening message and sent Roxbury cops to the school to make sure that anyone in the building was safe. The next day, despite the fact that it was still spring break for students in the Roxbury School District, police officers remained stationed at the school. Meanwhile, Roxbury detectives investigated and determined the identities of the two teenage suspects. Both were later arrested by Roxbury law enforcement.

Roxbury High School officials sent an email to parents of students at the school and assured them that the situation was under control. The same email, written by Roxbury Superintendent Loretta Radulic, was later posted on the official school website.

Harsh Penalties for Juvenile Offenses in Roxbury, NJ

The two suspects have been charged with multiple juvenile crime offenses for terroristic threats, causing false public alarm, and cyber harassment. While the case works its way through the criminal justice system, the suspects are being detained at the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center in Morristown, NJ.

If the underage suspects are ultimately convicted on the most serious charges of terroristic threats, they could potentially face severe penalties. Although the NJ juvenile justice system tends to emphasize treatment and rehabilitation over incarceration, NJ prosecutors will still go after defendants accused of committing certain kinds of juvenile threat crimes – particularly after the recent school shootings in Florida and elsewhere that have drawn much public scrutiny over the inability of law enforcement to keep children safe.

Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced Roxbury Juvenile Offense Attorney

If your child was arrested and charged with a juvenile crime in Roxbury, Parsippany-Troy Hills, Dover, Morristown, or anywhere else in Morris County, NJ, it is imperative that you talk to a qualified Morris County juvenile crime lawyer. Travis J. Tormey is an experienced New Jersey juvenile crime attorney who can defend your child against serious charges. Contact Attorney Tormey today.

Juvenile Crime Attorneys in Randolph NJOfficials at the main high school in Randolph, NJ recently apologized to some of the students who were required to undergo blood testing at a football game. The testing was imposed on the students in conjunction with an investigation into alleged underage possession of alcohol.

The controversial situation occurred on the campus of Randolph High School in Morris County, New Jersey. School officials were seated in the front row at a school football game when someone reportedly tossed a beer bottle from above and nearly hit one of the adults.

Randolph High School officials then looked into the matter and, as part of the investigation, enforced school rules that require students to be tested for alcohol and drugs through blood and urinalysis screening.

The mandatory testing caused an uproar among students and their parents and led to the Randolph School Board getting involved. Now the Randolph superintendent of schools has issued an apology to students who did not use alcohol or drugs at the game. Jennifer Fano recently stated that it was regrettable that the “well-behaved and respectful students who did not consume alcohol or illegal substances” had to be tested.

Five underage students reportedly tested positive for alcohol, but it is not clear if any of the minors were charged with a juvenile crime such as underage possession of alcohol.

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Superintendent Says Sorry to Kids Who Tested Clean for Booze at Football Game.”

Randolph NJ Juvenile Arrest LawyersThe Randolph Board of Education recently issued a ruling that affirms the decision made by Randolph High School administrators to test several students for drug and alcohol use.

A number of adult residents of Randolph, NJ were angry after they found out that roughly 75 underage students at Randolph High School were forced to undergo drug/alcohol screenings. Administrators at Randolph High School ordered the drug and alcohol tests after a beer bottle was reportedly found in the bleachers during a football game.

The Randolph Township School District later investigated the situation and determined that school officials had a legal right to order the screenings because they had “reasonable suspicion” that the juveniles may have been illegally using drugs or alcohol. Moreover, since no student came forward to admit ownership of the beer bottle, school administrators believed that they needed to test everyone.

The tests reportedly resulted in five high school students testing positive for alcohol use. Officials have not indicated whether any of the students have been charged with a juvenile offense for underage possession of alcohol.

For more information about this case, go to the NJ.com article, “Dozens of Students Rightfully Tested for Drugs, Alcohol, Officials Say.”

Florham Park NJ Juvenile Crime AttorneysFlorham Park NJ police recently apprehended a NY teen who reportedly stole a motor vehicle and then caused an accident during a police pursuit.

The suspect, a 17-year-old boy from NY, reportedly stole the car in Florham Park. According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, a patrol officer received an alert about the theft and quickly found the suspect. The cop tried to stop the teen suspect in a parking lot, but suspect allegedly hit the accelerator and tried to drive away.

Only a few moments passed before the juvenile suspect reportedly crashed the stolen vehicle on Park Avenue. The teenager then allegedly tried to make a run for it, but he was soon captured by police.

The suspect has been charged with numerous offenses, including eluding police, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, obstruction of justice, and hindering apprehension. The suspect was also cited for several traffic offenses.

Since the suspect is underage, it is possible that he will be charged as a juvenile, not as an adult.

For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Teen Crashed Stolen Car During Police Chase, Cops Say.”

Morristown Juvenile Crime AttorneysA woman who previously worked as an officer at the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center in Morristown New Jersey pleaded guilty to hitting a teenager at the facility.

The suspect, a 32-year-old Newark woman, got into a verbal argument with a teenager at the juvenile detention facility in November 2016.

The suspect later claimed that the teenager spit at her. The suspect reportedly responded by violently attacking the victim. The suspect reportedly punched and kicked the teen girl while she was handcuffed and on the ground.

Detectives with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office investigated the incident and determined that “there was no justifiable need for force to be used” against the juvenile. The suspect was subsequently arrested and charged with simple assault.

The suspect ultimately avoided trial by reaching a plea agreement with Morris County NJ prosecutors. The plea deal called for her to be sentenced to one year of probation and consent to a ban that prohibits her from working in law enforcement in New Jersey.

When a minor is convicted of a juvenile crime in Morris County, New Jersey, they are often sent to the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center in Morristown, NJ. In this particular case, authorities have not stated what type of juvenile offense the teen victim might have committed prior to being sent to the detention facility.

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “No Jail for Juvenile Detention Officer Who Hit Handcuffed Teen, Report Says.”

Morristown NJ Underage Drinking AttorneysTravis J. Tormey recently defended a client against charges of underage possession of alcohol in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:33-15.

The client was 20 years old and was allegedly caught with a red Solo cup filled with beer while attending the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Morristown, New Jersey. Despite the fact that the client had no prior criminal history, she still faced significant, potentially life-altering consequences if convicted in this case. Based on the underage drinking charge being classified as a disorderly persons offense, the client was facing a permanent criminal charge on her record, a $1,000 fine, up to six months in the Morris County Jail in Morristown NJ, and a driver’s license suspension for six months.

The good news for the client was that she had Travis Tormey and the Tormey Law Firm on her side. As soon as the client hired the Tormey Law Firm, Mr. Tormey immediately got to work fighting on her behalf. Mr. Tormey spoke with the local prosecutor and highlighted the client’s lack of criminal history, her age, and her cooperation with law enforcement. Mr. Tormey was able to negotiate a favorable plea arrangement on behalf of the client. The client ultimately pleaded guilty to a local ordinance violation, which is a violation of local law and is similar to a littering ticket, noise violation, or leaving garbage at the curb on the wrong day. The end result was the client had to pay a fine. This meant that the client was able to preserve her clean record, avoid jail time, and maintain her NJ driving privileges.

This was a tremendous result for the client and for the Tormey Law Firm.

Andover NJ Aggravated Assault LawyersPolice arrested a Newark NJ teenager after she allegedly threw a DVD player at a police officer in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

The Andover Township Police Department got a call about a fight at the Willowglen Academy. Willowglen is a facility which provides round-the-clock-hour care for roughly 40 emotionally disturbed minors. When police officers showed up at the school, they discovered staff members attempting to break up a fight between six female students.

The officers offered assistance to the staff members. At one point, an officer told the 18-year-old suspect, who was allegedly being unruly, that she would be arrested if she failed to calm down. The suspect allegedly responded by throwing a DVD player at the officer. The officer sustained minor injuries when he was hit by the DVD player.

Police officers immediately placed the suspect under arrest. She was later charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and obstruction of justice.

After being arrested and charged, the suspect was taken to the Sussex County Jail in Newton, NJ. She is being held at the correctional facility on a $20,000 bail amount.

Ridgewood NJ police were called to the Willowglen Academy three times in a single weekend after receiving separate reports of fights among the students. On another occasion, a student was placed under arrest and charged with disorderly conduct for failing to quickly disperse when officers got to the scene. Two other students at the facility received juvenile complaints for their alleged involvement in a physical altercation.

The Andover Township Police Department is actively working with the Willowglen Academy management to ensure that the disruptive fights do not continue going forward.

 

For additional information, read the NJ.com article entitled “Teen Threw DVD Player at Cop Trying to Break Up Fight, Andover Police Say.”

Denville NJ Providing Alcohol to Minors AttorneyProsecutors are looking to file more charges against a Rockaway Township man accused of selling alcohol to underage kids.

A Denville detective was working undercover on New Year’s Eve when he reportedly saw the 26-year-old suspect give liquor to a minor; the minor allegedly handed cash to the suspect during the exchange. The illegal exchange allegedly took place in the parking lot of the ShopRite on Route 46 in Denville, NJ.

Denville police and Rockaway police collaborated on the subsequent investigation into the suspect. During the course of the joint investigation, police learned that the suspect allegedly purchased alcohol more than 100 times for underage kids throughout New Jersey.

According to police, the suspect’s most frequent customers were high school students who learned about his business through social media and word of mouth.

It is believed that the suspect generated as much as $5,000 by selling alcohol to minors over an unspecified amount of time.

Investigators also looked at the suspect’s cell phone records and learned that he allegedly planned to purchase alcohol for a number of high school students on New Year’s Eve.

After being arrested, the suspect was charged with a single count of providing alcohol to minors. However, the new discoveries by investigators could lead to additional charges against the suspect.

Despite the fact that many underage kids reportedly bought booze from the suspect, no minors were charged with underage drinking in the case.

 

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Man Who Made Thousands Selling Alcohol to Kids Could Face More Charges, Police Say.”

Denville NJ Providing Alcohol to Minors LawyerPolice in Denville NJ recently arrested a man who is accused of selling alcohol to underage kids in Rockaway Township, NJ.

According to police, the 26-year-old suspect generated a large amount of cash by selling the alcohol, at a price markup, to high school kids.

An undercover Denville detective was stationed in the parking lot of a ShopRite in Rockaway Township on Route 46 when he allegedly witnesses the suspect buying alcohol. According to the detective, the suspect then handed the alcohol to a minor; the minor allegedly gave the suspect cash during the handoff.

Denville police and Rockaway Township police collaborated on a joint investigation into the suspect. As part of the investigation, detectives looked at the suspect’s cell phone records and reportedly discovered that the suspect intended to buy alcohol for at least a dozen underage individuals on New Year’s Eve.

Moreover, investigators allegedly learned that the suspect purchased booze for underage kids at least 100 times during the past year.

Authorities believe that the suspect made thousands of dollars in profits by selling alcohol to minors.

The suspect was arrested on New Year’s Eve and charged with providing alcohol to minors. After being booked, the suspect was released from custody on his own recognizance.

The investigation into the suspect did not result in any minors being charged with underage drinking.

 

For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Rockaway Man Pulled in ‘Thousands of Dollars’ Selling Beer to Underage Kids, Police Say.”