• Juvenile cases are cases that involve people or kids who are charged with a crime under the age of 18.
  • Their age at the time of court appearance does not matter; it has to do with when they are charged with that crime or when it took place related to their 18th birthday.
  • Although charged and treated similarly as crimes, juvenile cases are heard in family court before a juvenile judge.
  • There is the potential for sentencing to the juvenile detention center down in Jamesburg, New Jersey.
  • They also can involve consequences such as probation or what they call diversionary programs that ultimately results in a dismissal of the charges, should the juvenile stay out of trouble.
  • Having a juvenile record can affect things for any child’s future such as schooling or loans for school or anything that would require a background check of the now juvenile defendant.