Juvenile Lawyers to Handle Your Child’s Arrest
In New Jersey, juvenile delinquency proceedings differ from criminal cases in a number of important respects. Among them, juvenile proceedings take place in family court, and the goal of the juvenile justice process is to rehabilitate young offenders so that they can grow into contributing members of society. But, while the juvenile justice system may focus on rehabilitation rather than punishment, facing juvenile charges is still a serious matter, and an “adjudication of delinquency” can have consequences far beyond the sentence imposed by the family court judge. As a result, minors who are facing juvenile charges in New Jersey must defend themselves effectively, and this starts with hiring experienced Essex County and Morristown juvenile lawyers.
Protecting Your Child’s Rights in a Criminal Case
Juveniles enjoy most of the constitutional rights as similarly situated adults. Among the notable differences between the rights of juveniles whose matters are processed in family court and similarly situated adults, juveniles cannot demand a trial by jury and they are not entitled to an indictment before their matters proceed to trial. Like adults, juveniles are entitled to notice of the charges against them. In addition, juveniles have the right to confront their accusers, the right to remain silent, and the right to be represented by an attorney.
If your child is charged is accused of having committed a criminal offense in New Jersey, call juvenile defense attorney Scott Gorman right away. For many years, Scott has assisted juveniles to avoid adjudications of delinquency and the significant penalties that can result from them. Scott will get to know you and your family and understand your child’s needs. Next, he will develop a strategy to maximize the likelihood of a positive resolution. Scott will use his unique combination of compassion, skill, and diligence to effectively represent your child.
About New Jersey Juvenile Defense Lawyer Scott Gorman
Attorney Scott Gorman has more than a decade of experience defending juveniles in New Jersey’s family courts, and his background makes him uniquely qualified to represent minors in juvenile delinquency matters. Before becoming an attorney, Scott served as a case manager at a non-profit organization where he worked with the families of socially and emotionally-troubled children and school personnel, therapists, mental health professionals and other service providers. He also previously worked as a counselor at a residential facility for at-risk youth in Mount Holly, New Jersey, where he advised young people with emotional and behavioral problems that resulted in their involvement in the juvenile justice system. As a result of this experience, Scott understands the unique challenges facing at-risk youth, and he is able to strategically and effectively advocate for outcomes that preserve his young clients’ futures.
In addition to representing juveniles, Scott also represents adults facing criminal charges, and this experience enhances his ability to effectively represent minors in juvenile proceedings as well. During his career, Scott has successfully represented juveniles and adults charged with offenses including:
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Drug crimes (including possession of marijuana and other controlled substances)
- Sexual assault
- Underage alcohol possession or consumption
- Weapons offenses
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation at Our Essex County or Morristown Office Locations
If you need a juvenile lawyer in New Jersey, we encourage you to contact us for a free and confidential consultation. To speak with attorney Scott Gorman as soon as possible, please call 201-489-9199 or tell us how to reach you online now. We have offices in Essex County and Morristown.