If your child is facing a juvenile conviction, it’s critical to act quickly. Although many people perceive juvenile offenses as somehow less serious than adult crimes, statistics show that a juvenile record puts a young person at a distinct disadvantage in many areas of life.
Everyone makes mistakes. A youthful misstep shouldn’t force your child to fight a lifelong uphill battle. At Schibell & Mennie, we work hard to make sure every young person gets a meaningful second chance.
The U.S. has more juveniles behind bars than any other developed country in the world. In fact, the rate of juvenile incarceration in the United States is five times higher than that of the next developed country.
For many of these kids, a juvenile conviction leads to a lifetime of criminal recidivism and a lack of opportunities. Once they are in the system, it’s an ongoing struggle to get out.
According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, of the 100,000 children under age 18 serving time in residential facilities in the U.S., 26 percent had been convicted of poverty-related crimes, such as theft.
Furthermore, once children are exposed to the juvenile justice system, they have higher rates of cognitive deficits, poor school attendance, homelessness, and poverty.
After a child has served time behind bars, his or her chances of graduating from high school drop by 13 to 39 percent.
As a parent or caregiver, you want to do everything you can to make sure your child has the best possible chance at having a fulfilling, rewarding life.
Don’t allow your child to become another statistic. Call the New Jersey Juvenile Crimes Attorney at Schibell & Mennie today at 732-774-1000 to speak to a juvenile criminal defense lawyer 24/7 about your case.
If you need to consult a New Jersey attorney, you need to contact Schibell & Mennie, LLC. The initial consultation is always free.