Essex County juvenile defense attorney Scott Gorman’s impressive work history makes him uniquely experienced to advocate on behalf of your child.
Prior to attending law school, Scott counseled adolescents at a residential facility for at-risk youth in Mount Holly, New Jersey. While working as a residential counselor, Scott advised hundreds of young people who had exhibited significant emotional and behavioral issues, which frequently resulted in their involvement in the juvenile justice system. Scott felt driven to continue his work with children, so he served as a case manager at a Philadelphia not-for-profit agency where he assisted families of children who were socially or emotionally troubled. By working alongside therapists, school personnel, and mental health professionals, Scott ensured the progress of the children for whom he was responsible. As a student at Cornell University, Scott worked with elementary school children at two local public schools. He also volunteered his time as a coach and referee for a local youth basketball and baseball leagues in his hometown of Roselle, New Jersey.
Attorney Scott Gorman understands that having a child or other young loved one charged with a juvenile offense can cause you serious apprehension. Luckily, in most instances, the system for prosecuting juveniles is primarily geared toward rehabilitation of minors. However, there are still some occasions where a juvenile charge can result in serious consequences. In Essex 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. When juveniles commit offenses that would result in criminal convictions for adults, they are typically adjudicated as a delinquent. Although not the same as criminal convictions, adjudications of delinquency often result in serious consequences, such as placement at a juvenile detention center or other conditions such as fines, probation, and participation in certain treatment programs. Moreover, sometimes juveniles who have been in trouble before, are prosecuted in adult criminal courts, where they face identical penalties as adult defendants.
Although juveniles are afforded most of the constitutional rights as adult defendants, there are some notable differences. For example, like adults, juveniles are entitled to notice of the charges against them. They also have the right to confront their accusers, the right to be represented by an attorney, and the protection against self-incrimination. However, in family court, juveniles cannot demand a trial by jury and they are not entitled to an indictment before their matters proceed to trial.
If your child is accused of having committed a criminal offense, call Essex County juvenile defense attorney Scott Gorman. Scott has assisted many juveniles avoid adjudications of delinquency and the serious penalties that can result from them. Scott will get to know you and your family to better understand the needs of your child and your family. He will develop a strategy to maximize the likelihood of a positive resolution for your child. Scott will use his unique combination of experience, skill, and diligence to effectively represent your loved one.