Hopewell Juvenile Crime Defense Lawyer
If your child has been arrested and charged with a crime in Hopewell Township or Hopewell Borough, you can protect their future and reduce the long-term consequences of the offense by contacting an attorney from the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall. Our attorneys understand what you and your child are going through, and we will work hard to ensure the best outcome possible. We believe that juveniles make mistakes, but those who do, deserve another chance. Even more, we believe that one single mistake should not completely derail your child’s future, dreams and plans.
Until a lawyer from our firm becomes involved in your juvenile case, it is important that you caution your child against speaking to the police or answering any questions at all. We understand—police officers often make it seem as though your child will be allowed to go home, if only he or she will talk to the police and answer any questions they ask. In fact, if your child is already in custody, talking is only going to make the situation worse, so tell your child to remain silent until your attorney arrives.
A juvenile criminal defense attorney at our firm is highly experienced in dealing with juvenile charges at the Family Division in Trenton, the court responsible for dealing with all delinquency offenses filed in Mercer County. We can assist you with any juvenile charge, including:
- Drug charges;
- Sex offenses;
- Criminal mischief;
- Waiver and retention hearings, and
- Weapons violations.
Public school students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade attend the Hopewell Valley Regional School District, serving students from Hopewell Borough, Hopewell Township and Pennington Borough. According to the Department of Justice, most violent crimes by juveniles occur in the hours immediately following the close of school on school days. During the 2013–14 school year, 65 percent of public schools in the United States recorded at least one violent incident, amounting to an estimated 757,000 incidents. Some of these crimes included assault, robbery, sex crimes, and drug offenses.Hopewell Juvenile Attorney
Hopefully, the arresting officer will decline to sign a complaint against your child, and you will be allowed to take your child home, with or without a warning. Otherwise, a complaint will be signed, charging the commission of a delinquent act. Your child is only allowed to be taken to a juvenile detention center if he or she is considered a danger to the community, or a risk for not showing up to Court. A minor offense may result in your child being referred to a Juvenile Referee or Conference Committee, however all other charges will go through the Family Division of the Superior Court. An attorney from the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall will protect your child’s rights, as well as work hard on your child’s behalf for a resolution with the least amount of long-term repercussions. Our Hopewell, New Jersey attorneys are prepared to immediately assist your child as soon as you call our offices 609–683–8102.