The crime of vandalism, sometimes called malicious mischief, criminal mischief, or property damage in the State of New Jersey, occurs whenever someone intentionally damages property that belongs to someone else. Juvenile vandalism is any vandalism performed by a person under the age of 18. When a person under the age of 18 commits vandalism, that person is dealt with through the juvenile justice system. Any action that causes actual physical harm to property, or that diminishes the property’s value, qualifies as vandalism. A person cannot accidentally commit vandalism. Vandalism requires that a person have the intent to act in a way that results in property damage, even if the person didn’t intend to cause the specific damage to the property. In the juvenile justice system in New Jersey, courts and prosecutors have a much broader range of options then they would if an adult had committed the same crime. The type of penalties a court imposes will differ significantly from case to case. The court will weigh a number of factors in determining the appropriate punishment. It is important to be represented by competent counsel when accused of violating a law. From initial meetings with prosecutors to appearances in juvenile court, The Moriarty Law Firm has handled many juvenile cases to successful conclusion.A Firm With Local Roots We Know the Local System
New Jersey’s laws will be the same no matter where you are in the state. However, different judges apply laws differently, and different regions have different “trends” when it comes to interpreting the law. It is important that your attorney understands the local legal landscape just as well as he or she understands the law. We know local judges and prosecutors, and they know us. We can help you navigate this unique legal system.Contact The Moriarty Law Firm – West Long Branch New Jersey Office
If you or someone you know is dealing with defending truancy charges in New Jersey, please contact The Moriarty Law Firm via email or by telephone at (732) 842-7773 for further guidance. Initial consultations are always free.