Has your child been charged with a crime? You need highly qualified Passaic County juvenile defense attorney Scott Gorman on your side.
Before he was a Passaic County juvenile defense attorney, Scott worked with children as a residential counselor at a treatment facility for at-risk adolescents. While there, he helped young people who were struggling with severe emotional and behavioral problems. Many of the children that he counseled had already become exposed to the juvenile justice system. Scott’s strong desire to improve the lives of children led him to become a case manager at a not-for-profit agency in Philadelphia where he coordinated services for socially or emotionally disturbed children. Scott consulted with therapists, school personnel, and mental health professionals to ensure the progress of children. As a student at Cornell University, Scott worked with elementary school children in after-school programs at two public schools. In his hometown of Roselle, New Jersey, he volunteered his time as a referee and coach for a local youth basketball and baseball league.
Attorney Scott Gorman understands the extreme anxiety one endures when having a child or other young loved one who has been charged with a juvenile offense. Most juveniles are prosecuted in a manner that places greater emphasis on rehabilitation than punishment. There are, however, some occasions where a juvenile charge can result in serious consequences. In New Jersey, juveniles who are accused of committing crimes are processed in a manner that is much less formal and adversarial than the process for adults. When a juvenile commits a crime, the juvenile is typically adjudicated delinquent. An adjudication of delinquency can result in serious consequences. After a juvenile has been adjudicated delinquent, a dispositional hearing will follow, during which a judge can sentence a juvenile to placement at a juvenile detention center, counseling, probation, fines, and restitution. In addition, some juveniles, particularly those who have had brushes with the law before, may have their matters transferred to a criminal court where they will be prosecuted as adults and exposed to the same penalties as adult defendants.
Fortunately, juveniles enjoy most of the same constitutional rights as their adult counterparts. For example, like adults, juveniles must be placed on notice of the charges against them, they must be given the opportunity to confront and cross-examine witnesses, they possess the right to be represented by legal counsel, and they are protected against against self-incrimination. In contrast, though, in family court, juveniles are not entitled to bail, an indictment, or a jury trial.
If your child or a loved one is charged as a juvenile, call juvenile defense attorney Scott Gorman today. For many years, Scott has assisted Passaic County juveniles to avoid adjudications of delinquency and the significant penalties that can result from them. Scott will take the time to get to know your loved one to understand his or her specific needs. Armed with this information, Scott will develop a strategy to maximize the likelihood of a favorable resolution. Scott possesses the talent, experience, and skill to aggressively defend your child or loved one.