“Juvenile” in New Jersey means anyone under the age of eighteen (18) years old. Juvenile proceedings are governed by the New Jersey Code of Juvenile Justice. Juvenile proceedings are defined by New Jersey Statute N.J.S.A. 2A:4A-20 to N.J.S.A. 2A:4A-92 which took effect on December 31, 1983. Under the New Jersey Code of Juvenile Justice, judicial proceedings relating to charges against juveniles are handled in a special court, using different rules.
Juvenile criminal offenses are prosecuting in Superior Court in the Family Division. This includes both disorderly person and indictable offenses. However, some offenses are so egregious that the juvenile offender may be “waived up” to criminal court where he/she would be prosecuted as an adult. New Jersey has a goal of rehabilitation. Therefore, there are many diversionary programs available to juvenile offenders. Having knowledge and understanding of the available services, as well as, the process enables Ms. Pallitto to defend her clients to the fullest extent. As a former Juvenile Prosecutor, Ms. Pallitto has a clear understanding of both sides of the law.