Law Offices of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt, LLC
Don't Wait. Get A Free Consultation Now.
Call 877-676-7729

New Jersey can – and will – try children as adults in certain circumstances

If you are under 18, you are considered a juvenile. Unless you are not.

In New Jersey, children 15 and older can be tried as adults in certain circumstances. Legislation passed in 2015 allows prosecutors to request minors be tried as adults in cases involving certain charges such as drug sales, robbery or murder.

Trying juveniles as adults is problematic

Longer sentences

Although the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juveniles can no longer receive life sentences without parole, studies show that when juveniles are tried as adults, they typically receive longer sentences.

The WNYC Data Team found that in New Jersey juveniles often receive minimum sentences of 50 and 100 years. One inmate who was 16 when he committed his crime won't see a parole board until 2116.

Permanent criminal records

Juvenile records are sealed. Adult criminal convictions become public record. When juveniles are tried as adults they start life with a criminal record, making it hard to apply for college, obtain employment, or even get credit cards.

Punishment instead of rehabilitation

While the juvenile system is designed to rehabilitate the adult criminal justice system was designed to punish. What does this mean for minors tried as adults? There is little chance for rehabilitation and a greater chance for punishment.

As reported on PBS, two major studies recently found that juveniles who get harsher sentences in adult court tend to end up becoming repeat offenders, thus all but eliminating the likelihood of rehabilitation.

Physical, psychological and emotional dangers

In 2016, the Atlantic magazine reported that juveniles in adult facilities do not have access to the psychological and educational benefits available in juvenile detention facilities. Additionally, a Department of Justice (DOJ) survey found that juveniles imprisoned with adults were more likely to be sexually, physically and psychologically abused by inmates and staff. All these problems contribute to the further injustice of the lack of hope kids tried as adults develop regarding future prospects and quality of life.
Every parent wants the best for their kids and does what they can to keep their kids out of trouble. But it's up to you to know or learn what you're up against if your child gets arrested.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For a Response

How Can I Help?Schedule Your Free Consultation Today

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Law Offices of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt, LLC

East Brunswick Office
9 Auer Court, Suite E
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Toll Free: 877-676-7729
Fax: 732-248-0747
East Brunswick Criminal Defense Office

Fort Lee Office
1 Bridge Plaza
2nd Floor
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Toll Free: 877-676-7729
Map & Directions

Piscataway Office
200 Centennial Avenue
Suite 200
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Toll Free: 877-676-7729
Map & Directions

Hamilton Office
100 Horizon Center Boulevard
1st / 2nd Floor
Hamilton, NJ 08691

Toll Free: 877-676-7729
Map & Directions

Bridgewater Office
991 Route 22 West
Suite 200
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Toll Free: 877-676-7729
Map & Directions

Jersey City Office
2500 Plaza 5
Harborside Financial Center
25th Floor
Jersey City, NJ 07311

Toll Free: 877-676-7729
Map & Directions

Morristown Office
55 Madison Avenue
Suite 400
Morristown, NJ 07960

Toll Free: 877-676-7729
Map & Directions

Woodbridge Office
581 Main Street
6th Floor
Woodbridge, NJ 07095

Toll Free: 877-676-7729
Map & Directions

New York Office
171 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10016

Toll Free: 877-676-7729
Map & Directions

Lyndhurst Office
56 Ridge Road
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071

Toll Free: 877-676-7729
Phone: 888-772-2789
Lyndhurst Criminal Defense Office

By Appointment Only

Don't Wait Another Day To Get The Help You Need

Phone: 877-676-7729 | Fax:

I Accept Credit Cards

  • card
  • card
  • card
  • card
  • card