Long Island juvenile delinquency lawyer Jason Bassett releases a new article (https://jbassettlaw.com/the-juvenile-justice-process-in-new-york-family-court/) explaining the juvenile justice process in New York family court. The lawyer mentions that the age range for juveniles who are sent to family court in New York is between 7 years old and 18 years old. Some offenders ages 16, 17, and 18 year-olds can begin in adult criminal court as “Adolescent Offenders”.
“A parent must be present when a child is questioned and the parent must consent to any questioning by the police. A lawyer can also be present if they are requested to be by the child or the parent. While at the police precinct, juveniles are kept in child-only areas. Most children are released to the custody of their parents and issued a Desk Appearance Ticket, which requires them to appear in Family Court approximately one month after their arrest,” says the Long Island juvenile delinquency lawyer.
The lawyer explains that when a child is charged with a violent felony, sex offense, or a crime against a parent, the child will be handcuffed and brought to court that day or the next for arraignment. If a child is detained by a judge, then the child will be taken to a juvenile detention facility.
Attorney Jason Bassett says that the goal of the juvenile justice system is to provide treatment and probation supervision for children in need, along with confinement if necessary. Unlike adults, children do not leave the juvenile justice system if they are convicted of committing criminal offenses. Children also do not leave the justice system with a criminal record.
In the article, attorney Bassett says that lawyers are required to defend children in the juvenile justice system. Cases involving juvenile offenders must be handled within 60 days of arraignment. The single biggest difference between the family and adult court is that there are no juries in the family court and all cases are decided by a judge.
According to the defense lawyer, “One reason they don’t have juries for juveniles in Family Court is the impression that a jury trial might compromise the confidentiality of these cases. The overarching concern in all Family Court matters is the best interests of the child, even more so than the adjudication of guilt or innocence. It is thought that a trained judge is better equipped to make a determination as to the best interests of a child.”
Lastly, the lawyer emphasizes the importance of having a skilled attorney when it comes to matters like criminal offenses. Having an experienced lawyer may be able to help the person live a normal life after serving their sentence.
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