Juvenile Crimes

Decisively defending young people since 1975

When a young person gets in trouble with the law, the consequences can cloud their future forever. The police, prosecutors and judges can all affect the outcome of the case. That is why it is important to have an experienced juvenile crimes lawyer by your side, at every stage of the criminal law process. The right defense can make the difference between having a case dismissed and confinement in a juvenile detention facility.

Although New Jersey law treats minors under 18 as juveniles, depending on the crime, they can be charged as adults. At D'Alessandro & D'Alessandro, LLC, we fight to keep our young clients at home, where they belong.

Persuasive advocacy for Bernardsville, NJ juveniles

D'Alessandro & D'Alessandro, LLC works aggressively to defend young people against juvenile crimes charges including:

  • Underage consumption of alcohol. In New Jersey, you must be at least 21 years old to purchase, possess or consume alcoholic beverages, except when a parent or guardian who is over 21 serves their child in a private location (for example, at home). Penalties for underage drinking can include a significant fine, loss of driving privileges and, in some rare circumstances, jail time.
  • Driving without a license. Underage driving without a license can lead to penalties including counseling, probation, community service or time in a juvenile corrections facility, a delay in getting a license and fines including towing, court fees and impound fees.
  • Traffic offenses. Under New Jersey's stringent Graduated Driver's License (GDL) program, penalties for traffic offenses can include penalty points, mandated driver improvement programs, suspension and postponement of their eligibility to obtain a probationary or basic license. Violations can result in higher insurance rates.
  • Drug possession . While the New Jersey juvenile criminal justice system is geared toward rehabilitation rather than incarceration, juveniles arrested for possession of controlled dangerous substances from marijuana to heroin can face a criminal record, loss of their driver's license, house arrest and court-ordered rehab.

Contact the juvenile crimes attorneys in Basking Ridge and Bernardsville today

At D'Alessandro & D'Alessandro, LLC, we guide families through the juvenile justice system, protecting juvenile's rights and futures. We offer flexible hours, accept credit cards and are conveniently located near the center of Basking Ridge with easy access to and from Route 78 and Route 287.

To contact an attorney at D'Alessandro & D'Alessandro, LLC, call 908-766-5400.