Juvenile Crimes Defense Attorney in Freehold, NJ
Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer for Monmouth County & Surrounding Areas
Anyone who has raised a teenager or remembers being one can tell you that sound reasoning and good judgment are not the hallmarks of the teenage years. Young people test limits and make mistakes. It’s part of growing up. Sometimes, however, those mistakes can lead to legal problems. When that happens, it is important to speak to a criminal lawyer who is experienced in juvenile criminal defense.
Criminal defense attorney William J. Connelly, III, defends young people who have been charged with a juvenile offense. He understands that being “adjudicated delinquent” can have serious repercussions for a young person both today and in the future. That is why Mr. Connelly works diligently to protect his young clients.
William J. Connelly, III, defends juveniles facing charges such as:
- Underage consumption of alcohol
- Displaying/Possessing False Documentation a/k/a “Fake” ID’s.
- Drug possession
- Destruction of property
In most cases, his clients’ mistakes amount to bad judgment and are not repeated. In some cases, the offense and potential penalties are more serious. In either case, Mr. Connelly works to minimize the negative consequences of a bad decision to protect his client’s immediate and long-term future.
Depending on the facts of the case, he may work to get the charges downgraded or the case dismissed. He also will explore whether his client is eligible to participate in a diversionary program.
Juvenile Court Is Different
Juveniles who are accused of breaking the law are treated differently from adults. They are not arrested; they are “taken into custody.” They are not found guilty; they are “adjudicated delinquent.” If a case goes to trial, a judge, not a jury, decides the outcome. Unlike adult defendants, juveniles are required to be represented by an attorney. Most important, the goals of the juvenile court system are rehabilitation and education, not punishment.
Still, the consequences of being adjudicated delinquent can be serious. Cases may result in fines, probation, treatment programs, detention or a combination of various options. Mr. Connelly works to minimize the negative consequences to his young clients.
He has represented the children of friends, neighbors, and colleagues and treats all of his clients as he would a member of his own family.
If your child is facing criminal charges in Juvenile Court in Monmouth County, New Jersey, don’t delay. Please contact criminal defense attorney William J. Connelly, III, online or call our Tinton Falls office. He offers a free initial consultation to listen to your concerns and explain how he can help. He represents clients throughout Monmouth County and throughout the surrounding counties.