Union County juvenile defense lawyer Scott Gorman is passionate about helping children and adolescents.
Before he decided to become a lawyer, Scott advised young people who were struggling with severe emotional and behavioral issues, while working at a residential treatment facility for at-risk youth. As a residential counselor, Scott developed relationships with and counselled hundreds of children, most of whom had already become involved with the juvenile justice system. Scott’s passion to help children led him to not-for-profit agency in Philadelphia where he served as a case manager, working together with the families of children who were socially or emotionally troubled. Scott ensured that these children received the necessary services from therapists, school personnel, and mental health professionals. While attending Cornell University, Scott worked as an after-school counselor at two public elementary schools in Ithaca, New York. While growing up in Roselle, New Jersey, Scott volunteered his time as a referee and coach in local youth basketball and baseball leagues.
Union County juvenile defense lawyer Scott Gorman routinely helps parents who are coping with the extreme anxiety that comes from having a child who has been charged with a juvenile offense. Fortunately, most young people who are accused of having committed a criminal offense are processed through a system that exalts rehabilitation over punishment. Nevertheless, there are still some cases where juveniles can face serious repercussions. Typically, if a juvenile has been found to have committed offenses that would have resulted in criminal convictions for adults, they are adjudicated as a delinquent. Although an adjudication of delinquency is not a criminal conviction, following such an adjudication, a judge can order that the juvenile spend time at a juvenile detention center or a judge can impose other conditions such as fines, probationor participation in certain treatment programs. In some instances, juveniles who have had previous encounters with the law may have their matters transferred out of the family court and into a criminal court where they face the same consequences as adult offenders.
Most of the constitutional protections that apply to adult defendants are enjoyed by juveniles. Like adult criminal defendants, juveniles are entitled to notice of the charges against them, along with the right to confront their accusers, the right to remain silent, and the right to be represented by an attorney. Some notable difference are that in family court, juveniles are neither entitled to a jury trial nor are they entitled to an indictment before their matters proceed to trial, and they do not have the right to bail.
If your child or a loved one has been charged as a juvenile, call Union County juvenile defense lawyer Scott Gorman today. Scott has an impressive history of helping juveniles avoid the serious consequences that can result from an adjudication of delinquency. As your child’s attorney, he will take the time to get to know your child, and he will work with your family to identify the child’s needs. He will use that information to determine how to most effectively portray your child in a positive light to obtain a favorable resolution that will minimize the long-term negative consequences. Scott possesses the talent, experience, and skill to aggressively defend against the allegations made against your loved one.