Q) What can happen to a juvenile delinquent?
A) A juvenile delinquent is a person under the age of 18 who has committed an act which, if committed by an adult, would constitute a crime, disorderly persons offense, petty disorderly persons offense or violation of any other penal statute, ordinance or regulation. In New Jersey, juvenile delinquents are handled with the consideration of the juvenile’s best interests, and the penalties vary from case to case. Some possible sentences include probation, counseling, community service, restitution or placement in a juvenile detention center. In determining whether detention is appropriate for a juvenile, the court will consider the following factors: the nature and circumstances of the offense charged; the age of the juvenile; the juvenile’s ties to the community; the juvenile’s record of prior adjudications, if any; and the juvenile’s record of appearance or nonappearance at previous court proceedings.
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