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Juvenile Defense

It is a great fallacy that juvenile convictions do not matter, as the misconception is that these records are sealed and therefore may not need proper defense. However, this notion could not be any more false. Although within convictions, they are not accessible to the public, these records are available to, among others: victims, law enforcement agencies and schools.

For the above reasons, it is important that your child receives the best defense possible when charged with a juvenile offense. When a juvenile is charged with a drug crime or any other crime, it is handled in a different manner than when an adult faces the same charges. Therefore, it follows different rules. Michael A. Grasso is familiar with the rules and can defend juvenile’s charged with an array of crimes.

If your child is under the age of 18 and has been arrested or charged with a juvenile offense, it is important to first realize that the juvenile court system is geared more toward rehabilitation rather than punishment. In the juvenile court system, being found guilty is referred to as “being adjudicated delinquent.” There are a number of dispositions that your child may receive, some of which include: juvenile probation; deferred disposition, whereby your child is given a time frame to prove himself or herself to the judge, and if he/she does, his/her charges will thereafter be dismissed; juvenile intensive supervision program; and commitment to a residential program.

Juvenile Records and Expungements:

Juvenile records can impact your child’s future so it’s important to consider an expungement. Everyone mistakenly believes that a juvenile record is sealed. The juvenile records are available to victims, law enforcement agencies, and schools. The juvenile record can even be disclosed to the public in certain situations. Furthermore, if your child applies for certain types of military, government, or law enforcement services, he or she may be asked to disclose his or her juvenile record. In certain situations, your child could be prevented from getting student loans.

Please contact the Law Offices of Michael A. Grasso at 732-780-9932 or mgrasso@grassolawoffice.com today for further information on juvenile representation or expungements.