Morris County juvenile lawyer Scott Gorman is highly qualified to advocate on behalf of your child.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Scott worked in Mount Holly, New Jersey at a residential facility for at-risk youth. As a residential counselor, Scott worked closely with hundreds of teenagers who had become involved with the juvenile justice system. Scott’s desire to work with children led him to serve as a case manager for a not-for-profit agency in Philadelphia where he coordinated services for the families of socially or emotionally troubled children. To ensure the progress of children with complex emotional and mental health issues, Scott worked together with families, school personnel, therapists, and other service providers. While a student at Cornell University, Scott worked in the after-school programs of two local elementary schools. He also coached and officiated youth baseball and basketball in his hometown of Roselle, New Jersey.
An Adjudication of Delinquency Can Mean Serious Consequences
While the system for prosecuting juveniles charged with criminal offenses is largely focused on rehabilitation rather than punishment, juvenile defense attorney Scott Gorman understands that serious consequences can result from juvenile charges. Juveniles who are accused of committing criminal acts are prosecuted in a manner that tends to be more informal and less adversarial than the analogous process for similarly situated adults. When juveniles are found to have committed offenses that would result in criminal convictions for adults, they are typically adjudicated as delinquent. An adjudication of delinquency can result in serious consequences, including placement at a juvenile detention center, in addition to other conditions such as fines, probation, and participation in certain treatment programs. Moreover, in some instances, juveniles have their cases transferred out of the family court to an adult criminal court where they face the same penalties as an adult offender.
The Rights of Juveniles vs. Adult Defendants
Fortunately, juveniles are afforded most of the same constitutional rights as adult defendants. For example, juveniles enjoy the right to be placed on notice of the charges against them, the right to confront and cross-examine witnesses, the right to be represented by legal counsel, and the protection against self-incrimination. However, in family court, juveniles are not entitled to an indictment before their matters can proceed to trial, and they are entitled to neither a jury trial nor bail.
Contact the Gorman Law Firm to Discuss Your Child’s Case
If your loved one is charged is charged as a juvenile in Morris County, call juvenile defense lawyer Scott Gorman today. Scott has helped dozens of juveniles to avoid the serious consequences that can flow from an adjudication of delinquency. Scott will take the time to understand your child and will work with your family to identify the child’s needs. He will use that information to portray your child in a positive light to seek a positive resolution that will reflect support for the child while minimizing the long-term negative consequences. Scott also possesses the talent, experience, and skill to aggressively defend against the allegations made against your loved one. In summary, Scott’s compassion, skill, and diligence enable him to most effectively represent your loved one who has been charged with a juvenile offense.