According to Paterson Police, a trio of teenagers went on a burglary spree in the city. Police say that a third teenager, who escaped when his friends were apprehended after a car chase, was arrested on Friday and charged with the burglary and car-theft incident which took place on Preakness Ave. Police allege that the 15 year-old and his two 16 year-old friends broke into 200 Preakness Ave and stole a 2014 Honda Sedan last Saturday, and took the vechile on a “joyride.” Later that day, a second stolen vehicle was recovered. Paterson Detectives recovered proceeds from the burglary at the 15-year-old’s home and when he was observed entering a stolen vehicle, and he was connected to earlier burglaries. The 15 year-old was charged with burglary, motor vehicle theft, and eluding. Click here to read more at www.patersontimes.com.
If you are a juvenile charged with burglary in New Jersey, your case will likely by heard and decided in the Family Division of the Superior Court in the county in which you reside. In typical juvenile cases, handled in Family Court, the legal standard is “the best interests of the child.” This provides judges with broad discretion in determining the appropriate penalties in a given case. For example, alternative sentences such as probation, community service, restitution payments, and a diversionary option known as a “Deferred Disposition,” are all potential results of a juvenile theft case
There are certain exceptions to this rule. If you are charged with a particularly egregious crime such as armed robbery (which is a first degree felony), and you are nearing the age of 18, the State may file a motion to charge you as an adult. If such a motion is granted, your case will be transferred to the Criminal Division in the Superior Court in the county in which the alleged offense occurred. You will then be exposed to the same penalties as an adult defendant if convicted.
If you find yourself in the situation where your juvenile child is charged with burglary, you should contact an experienced attorney to help walk you through the legal process which can be overwhelming and confusing at times. Criminal defense lawyer, Alissa D. Hascup is skilled and committed to ensuring your child gets the best possible outcome for his case. Contact her office for a free consultation about your case. She is available 24/7 at 862-257-1200.