If this is the juvenile’s first adjudication, he or she could be eligible for a deferred disposition depending on the severity of the offense committed. A deferred disposition is a way to avoid adjudicated delinquency; and in essence, give the juvenile a second chance. If the juvenile remains arrest free and compliant with the recommendations set forth by the Judge, then the matter gets dismissed after a period of time (usually one year). Thus, the Court “defers” the disposition, allowing the juvenile to remain compliant and arrest free. Ms. Breslow has been successful at convincing the State to follow along with this type of disposition even prior to appearing in court. Many times the State is hesitant in recommending a deferred disposition, and when this occurs Ms. Breslow knows how to best persuade the State, as well as the Judge, to allow the juvenile to get the benefit of the deferred disposition. The following offenses are often resolved by way of a deferred disposition: Possession of less than 60 grams of Marijuana, Disorderly Persons Theft, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Simple Assault and Criminal Trespass.
There are different types of deferred dispositions depending on the seriousness of the offense. A deferred disposition may require that the juvenile report to a probation officer or Ms. Breslow can argue for a “non-reporting” type of probation. Please be aware that some counties are hesitant to allow the juvenile to get the benefit of a deferred disposition unless it is an extremely minor offense. This is because once the juvenile completes the deferred disposition all identifying information, such as fingerprints and DNA, must be removed from the system if it is reporting deferred disposition. On several occasions, Attorney Tara Breslow has fought for her clients to overcome this potential obstacle. Since you never know what challenges you will face in Court, it is important to have an attorney that has handled several different types of juvenile matters and will fight to get the best result for the child.