A juvenile must have an attorney or a Public Defender will be appointed for a juvenile whose family cannot afford to retain a “private” lawyer. Juvenile law attorneys work on the area of law that deals with criminal law involving juveniles – persons not old enough to be held responsible for criminal acts. In most states, the age for criminal culpability is set at 18 years. In New Jersey, the goal of the system is to rehabilitate people under the age of 18 that have committed an offense. However, in some cases are “waived up” to adult court. If your case is not handled properly, a criminal charge can have a significant impact upon a person’s life. It is important that you have a knowledgeable lawyer by your child’s side to ensure his or her life is not impacted by the obstacles of a criminal conviction. If your child can exhibit that he or she can live a future law-abiding life, the state of New Jersey works with these youths in their rehabilitation. At the Law Offices of Patricia A. Eiges, L.L.C. in Hazlet, New Jersey we understand the unique needs of a minor facing the justice system. Call today at (732) 888-9011 to schedule a free consultation for Juvenile Court.