Bergen County Juvenile Lawyer Scott Gorman
Before becoming an attorney, Scott served as a counselor at a residential facility for at-risk youth in Mount Holly, New Jersey. While there, Scott advised hundreds of young people, most of whom had demonstrated emotional and behavioral problems that resulted in their involvement in the juvenile justice system. Scott continued to improve the lives of children by working as a case manager at a not-for-profit agency in Philadelphia where he worked together with families of socially or emotionally troubled children and service providers such as school personnel, therapists, and mental health professionals. When Scott was an undergraduate student at Cornell University, he worked with children who participated in after-school programs at local elementary schools. Even while a high school student in Roselle, New Jersey, Scott volunteered as a coach and referee for local youth basketball and baseball leagues.
Juvenile Criminal Convictions in New Jersey
Having a child or other young loved one charged with a juvenile offense can cause you tremendous anxiety. In general, the system for prosecuting juveniles reflects a preference for rehabilitation over punishment. Nevertheless, in some instances, juvenile charges can result in serious consequences. In Bergen County, juveniles who are accused of committing criminal acts are processed in a manner that is less formal and adversarial than the process for adults who are accused of engaging in similar conduct. If a juvenile is found to have committed an offense that would have resulted in a criminal conviction for an adult, the juvenile is adjudicated a delinquent. Although an adjudication of delinquency is not a criminal conviction, serious consequences can flow from such an adjudication. A dispositional hearing follows an adjudication of delinquency, and a judge can sentence a juvenile to placement at a juvenile detention center, counseling, probation, fines, and restitution. Moreover, juveniles, particularly those that have been in trouble in the past, may have their matters transferred to a criminal court where they will be tried as adults and be exposed to the same penalties as adult defendants.
Differences Between the Rights of Juveniles and Adults
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 adults who are prosecuted in criminal courts, 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.
Contact Scott Gorman to Discuss Your Child’s Defense
If your child is charged is accused of having committed a criminal offense, call juvenile defense attorney Scott Gorman right away. For many years, Scott has helped Bergen County juveniles 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.