Juvenile Charged with Terroristic Threats in Franklin Township

Have you or your child been charged with a juvenile criminal complaint in Somerset or Hunterdon County? If so, Keith Oliver Criminal Law can help. Although the overall goal of the juvenile criminal justice system is to rehabilitate the individual, certain factors, including the where the offense occurs, can often lead to the a more punitive approach from the prosecution. One of those factors includes when an incident occurs on school property. Our office has defend countless juveniles that have been charged with criminal complaints following an incident that took place on school property, including but not limited too simple assault, possession of marijuana, distribution of drugs, terroristic threats and criminal mischief. Being scarred with a juvenile criminal record at such a young age can have a devastating impact on an individuals future. It could drastically affect someone’s ability to gain acceptance into their dream college, obtain professional licenses and even obtain a job. If you have found yourself in this unfortunate situation and would like to discuss your options with one of the attorneys at Keith Oliver Criminal Law, then please contact our office at 908.533.1064. One of our attorneys would be glad to sit down one-on-one with you and discuss the specifics of your case and formulate a game plan that works best to suite your needs.

Juvenile Terroristic Threat Attorneys Somerset County NJ

Following the tragic events that unfolded in south Florida this week, schools throughout the country, including New Jersey have been on heightened alert. That is why when a juvenile from Franklin Township allegedly made a threatening statement against Franklin High School on social media, the police quickly reacted. According to nj.com, Franklin Superintendent, John Ravally announced that following the threat on social media, the juvenile was charged with one count of terroristic threats and formally suspended from school. He went on to state that “The recent tragic school event that occurred in Parkland, Florida is a reminder that we as a community need to remain diligent in our efforts to secure our schools.”.  It appears that the Franklin Township Police Department conducted an investigation and were able to conclude that there was no immediate danger and the school was reopened the next day.

Following being charged with one count of terroristic threats, the juvenile was released to the custody of his parents. Since he is fourteen years old, the charges will be litigated in the Family Division of the Somerset County Superior Court, which is located in Somerville, New Jersey.  Terroristic threats is considered a third degree felony offense in New Jersey. This offense in essence seeks to prosecute anyone who makes a threat of violence with the intent to terrorize another or to otherwise cause a serious public inconvenience. If the juvenile is convicted of this offense, he could be sentenced up to two years in a juvenile detention center. With that being said, there are various different options available that could help the juvenile avoid incarceration.

Criminal Defense Lawyers in Somerville New Jersey

It is important to remember that the Juvenile Criminal Justice system operates very differently from that of the adult criminal justice system in New Jersey. If you or a loved one has been charged with a juvenile criminal complaint in Somerset County, the Keith Oliver Criminal Law can help. To set up a free initial consultation today, then please contact our Bridgewater office at 908.533.1064 or contact us online. Our office serves all of Somerset and Hunterdon County, including Clinton, Readington, Raritan, Bridgewater, Watchung, North Plainfield, Hillsborough, Manville and Flemington.

For more information on this incident, please checkout nj.com’s article labeled Somerset County student charged in threats against high school.

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