Burlington County NJ Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer
Juvenile Law Attorney in Southern New Jersey
According to the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission, there were 681 minors in the New Jersey juvenile justice system as of 2015. These young people were adjudicated delinquent for a wide variety of offenses, involving drugs, assault, weapons, property, and violations of public order. As a parent, these numbers become far more significant when it is your child who is thrust into the system. When your child is charged with a criminal offense, the stress and anxiety about his or her future can be overwhelming. Questions about the juvenile justice process, and how best to protect your child, loom large. At this critical moment in your child’s life, finding a knowledgeable, supportive, and aggressive legal advocate can truly spell the difference between one path and another.
Leonard D. Biddison is a highly experienced criminal defense attorney who has been successfully representing juveniles charged with delinquency offenses in South Jersey and Pennsylvania for over 20 years. As a lawyer and a parent, Mr. Biddison takes these matters personally. He engages with his clients and their parents through every phase of the legal process, ensuring that they don’t feel lost or alone when facing such life-altering matters. Utilizing his knowledge and skill, Mr. Biddison has been able to secure superior outcomes for clients in Burlington, Gloucester, Atlantic, and Camden counties in New Jersey, as well as in Philadelphia and Delaware County, Pennsylvania. His highest achievement is receiving grateful reviews from parents, like this:
“Mr. Biddison was recommended to our family to defend our son in the Philadelphia area. He was professional and helped us all to feel comfortable through the whole procedure. He always responded to phone calls and emails. Both Mr. Biddison and his assistant, Jaime, were kind and willing to help when ever needed.” – Former Client
“He was able to get my son’s case dismissed. He kept us informed and was professional, and knowledgeable.” – Former Client
To discuss your case with Mr. Biddison and find the answers to your questions, contact his offices today at 856-427-6888 for a cost-free consultation. You can also see more of Mr. Biddison’s client reviews by accessing his individual profile on Avvo.com.
Juvenile Lawyer in Bordentown NJ
Mr. Biddison aggressively defends juvenile clients charged with delinquency offenses including:
- Drug Charges
- Criminal Mischief
- Disorderly Conduct
- Underage DUI
- Underage Drinking
- Possession of a Fake ID
- Simple Assault
- Aggravated Assault
- Weapons Offenses
- Sexual Offenses
The Juvenile Justice Process in New Jersey
In New Jersey, the juvenile justice process is far different from that of the adult criminal justice system. First and foremost, juvenile cases are handled in the Family Division of the Superior Court in the county in which the juvenile lives, not in the Criminal Division. This reflects New Jersey’s commitment to rehabilitation and reform of young people, specifically, those under the age of 18. When you are suspected of committing an offense as a juvenile, you are not “arrested,” but instead, are “taken into custody.” Similarly, you are not charged with a “crime,” but instead, are charged with an act of “juvenile delinquency.” Under New Jersey law, an act of delinquency refers to an act by a juvenile under the age of 18 that, if committed by an adult, would constitute a crime, a disorderly persons offense, a petty disorderly persons offense, or a violation of any other penal statute, ordinance, or regulation.
It is important to note that New Jersey provides a variety of alternatives to incarceration for juvenile offenders, ranging from book reports, to education programs, and community service. While an outright dismissal is always the ideal outcome, there are many ways of successfully resolving these cases if a dismissal is unlikely. Mr. Biddison works tirelessly to deliver the best possible results to his clients, to allow young people and their parents to move forward unscathed by the juvenile justice process. He is passionate about assisting juvenile clients in pursuing their brightest futures.
Contact a Mount Laurel NJ Juvenile Defense Attorney for a Free Consultation
If you or your child has been charged with a juvenile offense in Burlington County or elsewhere in South Jersey, it is essential to understand your rights and your legal options. Contact the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison at 856-427-6888 for additional information and a cost-free consultation.