Juvenile Charges

Criminal Defense Attorney Representing Juveniles and Youthful Offenders in the Family and Juvenile Courts of New Jersey and New York CityJuvenile-Charges

Most parents work hard to make sure that their kids occupy their time with enriching activities, associate with the right people, and stay out of trouble. As parents, we all do this because we all want the same things for our kids - educational achievement, a good job, and a rewarding career. However, and as any parent knows, it is impossible to be with your child on a 24-7 basis, and this is usually how kids get into trouble.

Juvenile criminal matters require special attention and considerable sensitivity. First, a juvenile case is particularly disorienting for a young person with little life experience. But the juvenile offender is not the only concerned party. Parents and legal guardians play extensive roles in juvenile matters, and are often very concerned as to the ultimate effect of the case on the child's future.

Because juveniles who are "in the system" have their entire future in front of them, a criminal charge can have a significant impact upon their life if it is not handled properly. Juvenile defendants can subsequently face career-related and educational obstacles following an adjudication of delinquency. As part of the college admission process, applicants are frequently asked if they have ever been convicted of a crime. Job applications often contain similar questions. It clearly is not in anyone's interest to respond affirmatively to such an inquiry. However, with assertive and effective representation, it is possible to minimize, if not eliminate, the negative effects that an adjudication of delinquency has upon the record of a minor.

James S. Friedman is an experienced juvenile criminal defense attorney serving youthful clients in the courts of New Jersey and New York City. Mr. Friedman understands that young clients are particularly vulnerable in the juvenile justice system, and need a criminal defense attorney who will respond to their unique needs and provide their parents or legal guardians with peace of mind. In severe cases, such as when a minor is charged and/or tried as an adult because of the nature of the offense, the firm provides particularly aggressive representation.

Attorney James S. Friedman represents juveniles facing all types of criminal charges, including:

  • Drugs/narcotics charges;
  • Homicide;
  • Robbery;
  • Carjacking;
  • Sex offenses;
  • Theft offenses;
  • Assault;
  • Weapons offenses;
  • Terroristic threats; and
  • Other juvenile offenses.

The States of New Jersey and New York both offer a number of alternatives to conviction and incarceration in juvenile criminal cases. James S. Friedman, LLC, has considerable experience in negotiating favorable legal outcomes in juvenile matters, which may include placement in such a setting or program. Further, the firm is always ready to proceed to trial in cases that cannot be resolved in this fashion.

Aggressive Representation for Juveniles

If your child is charged with a juvenile crime, it is not the end of their future. James S. Friedman, LLC, will work to obtain favorable results in your child's case, while also minimizing the effect that a criminal charge can have upon their educational and career options. To schedule a consultation, contact Mr. Friedman online or call toll free at 800-361-6554.

Client Reviews
"I hired Mr. Friedman to represent my son in a criminal matter that could have landed him in jail. Nobody in our family had ever been involved with the criminal justice system before, so this was all very new to us. He was very patient, answered all of our questions, and made sure we understood everything each step of the way. By the time the case was over, my son had a reduced charge for which he only had to pay some fines."
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"Mr. Friedman represented me when I was one of several students caught with drugs in a college dorm room. I was set to graduate at the end of the semester, and thought this case would ruin my life. He got my charges dismissed, and the record expunged. This lawyer was a total lifesaver!" Anonymous
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"Our daughter has mental health issues. She got into a scuffle with the police and was charged with assaulting an officer. Our attorney, Jim Friedman, was able to show the prosecutor and Judge that the real problem here was her mental stability. She was placed on probation and avoided jail time. Most other lawyers we spoke to refused to take this case, but Jim Friedman took it and got us a great result. Thank you Mr. Friedman!" Anonymous
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"I had federal criminal charges and felt totally lost. I was one of who knows how many defendants in this case, and I read on the Internet that almost everyone in federal court end up with a prison sentence, so I was really scared. My first lawyer, who told me that I would probably spend at least some time in prison, barely gave me the time of day after I paid him. Then I hired Jim Friedman to represent me. He stayed with me throughout the entire process. He was always available to answer my questions, and never let me lose hope. He negotiated aggressively with the federal prosecutor and I ended up with a short term of probation. I knew I would get convicted of something, but this lawyer kept me out of jail." Anonymous
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"The only part of my trial that was better than watching Mr. Friedman question the witnesses was when the jury came out and said “not guilty” over and over again. You have to see this lawyer in court!" Anonymous
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