Juveniles Charges with Sexual Assault in New Jersey

Two teenage boys were recently accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl on a school bus last week.  The boys are 15 and 16-years-old and have been charged with aggravated sexual assault, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.  Thus far, the boys have been charged as juveniles.  The 16-year-old boy threatened the girl right after the assault and has also been charged with making terroristic threats in addition to the other crimes.   The boys are currently being held in a juvenile detention until further court proceedings.

Authorities have a lot of discretion in handling juvenile matters and when juveniles are held in a detention center pending proceedings it often means the situation is serious.  From the charges, it is clear that the prosecutor decided to file formal charges in lieu of handling the matter informally. Informal proceedings are an option in juvenile cases.  However, when a juvenile is proceeded against formally, the juvenile goes before the court, and the judge decides whether to keep the matter in juvenile court or transfer it to adult court.  If the juvenile court decides to send the case to adult court, the judge sets a date for a fitness hearing. At the fitness hearing, the judge will decide whether the child shall be tried as a juvenile or an adult in the adult court.  Based on the severity of the allegations above, this appears to be a situation in which the boys may eventually face adult charges.

My name is Anthony N. Palumbo criminal defense attorney and I defend juveniles in New Jersey against criminal and municipal charges.  I handle a great deal of juvenile sexual assault cases and I am familiar with the juvenile court proceedings.  When charged as a juvenile and tried in juvenile court, the focus is on rehabilitating the accused, but when juveniles are transferred to adult court, the focus is on punishment and the penalties that will result from a conviction are far-reaching.  It is important to have an experienced attorney by your child’s side who understands both the juvenile and adult criminal system so that your child can obtain the best possible outcome against his charge.  If you are a juvenile or a parent with questions about a juvenile crime in New Jersey, contact me today at 1-866-664-8118 for a free consultation and speak with an experienced lawyer about your situation today.

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