It can be difficult for some to imagine a mere 16-year-old getting wrapped
up in the criminal justice system. But juveniles make mistakes. When those
mistakes are serious enough, children and teens can become part of a system
that puts their futures at risk.
Police arrested a boy on Monday because they believe that he is responsible
for what reports call a "carjacking and robbery spree" that's
occurred in the last week. He is not the only suspect, as sources suggest
that the thefts of various vehicles were a team effort.
Carjacking is more than theft of property. It is a first degree New Jersey
charge that prosecutors attack seriously. To be charged with carjacking,
a person must be suspected of not just taking a vehicle but using force
or threat of force in order to do so.
In this case, authorities accuse the juvenile of not just carjacking but
robbery as well. The teen's case involves the allegation that he used
a gun at least once during a robbery. That point makes the case against
the boy even more serious, as New Jersey has some of the toughest gun
laws in the country and is particularly tough on that issue due to recent
violence in the nation.
The Star-Ledger doesn't disclose details about how the system plans
on handling this case. Currently, the boy is in the custody of a juvenile
No matter what charge a kid might face, he should have aggressive criminal
defense lawyers working for him. Juvenile defense isn't just about
the present situation that a child is in; rather, it is about his future,
a future that can be bright with an effective fight and a compassionate
focus on his rehabilitation. Our
New Jersey juvenile defense lawyers understand that.
Source: The Star-Ledger, "16 year old arrested for a string of carjackings and robberies in Newark,
East Orange," Seth Augenstein, Jan. 29, 2013