NEW JERSEY JUVENILE ELUDING AN OFFICER CHARGE
Eluding an Officer in New Jersey: How to Protect Your Child’s Future
If your child under 18 is charged with eluding an officer in New Jersey, it is essential to seek experienced legal representation immediately. At Spodek Law Group, we have successfully defended many juveniles accused of eluding throughout the state. Our criminal defense attorneys are available for a free initial consultation with you and your child, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any help.
What is Eluding an Officer?
Eluding an officer is a severe offense in New Jersey that applies to both juveniles and adult offenders. Under statute ¬ß 2C:29-2, it involves an individual fleeing from law enforcement officers with the intention of avoiding arrest or detention. If convicted of this crime, your child can face severe consequences such as imprisonment, suspension of driver’s or boater’s license, probation, community service or other penalties as decided by the court.
New Jersey’s laws define three degrees of eluding offenses based on the circumstances involved:
1. Eluding without aggravating factors – Fourth Degree
2. Eluding with physical violence or creates a substantial risk of injury to the officer or another – Third Degree
3. Eluding with a risk of death or injury to any person – Second Degree
Additionally, obstruction of justice occurs when someone hinders or attempts to prevent a law enforcement officer from making an arrest. Obstruction can also be charged even if the person was not being arrested but instead obstructed or attempted to obstruct another intended target. It usually results in a disorderly persons offense for juveniles.
Eluding in a Motor Vehicle or Boat
If someone uses a motor vehicle or boat while attempting to escape law enforcement officers’ probes after receiving any signal from them signals instructing them to stop entirely,the charges carry enhanced penalties than those without these forms of transport mostly third-degree offenses.
However, if the person’s flight creates a risk of death or injury to themselves, law enforcement officers, or bystanders, they will face a more severe sentence. Moreover, there is a permissive inference that escape attempts via vehicle or boat pose a substantial danger to others. The offender will also face automatic suspension of their driver’s or boater’s licenses for six months to two years.
Eluding as Applied to Juveniles
In the case of eluding by juveniles, the court holds an initial hearing called a delinquency hearing. Herein, they attempt to determine whether the juvenile is innocent or guilty of committing such crimes. A juvenile convicted of eluding may be levied with various sentencing options depending on the severity of their charges.
Why You Need Experienced Lawyers on Your Side
Eluding is an offense with groundings that can result in mandatory incarceration and a detriment towards your child’s educational and career pursuits. In this situation,, itis that you seek experienced lawyers who can protect your child future from being negatively impacted by harsh legal consequences. At Spodek Law Group, our attorneys provide compassionate yet reliable legal representation for juveniles facing criminal charges, including eluding an officer.
Attorney Todd Spodek leads our team as a former New Jersey prosecutor., allowing us unique insight into how we protect the future outcomes of those faced with eluding charges.
Contact Spodek Law Group Today
If you are worriedthat your child could be charged with eluding in New Jersey, do not hesitate to contact us at Spodek Law Group immediately. We have offices situated throughout the state, including in Monmouth County, Middlesex County, Union County,Somerset County, Ocean County,_Essex _County,_ Ocean_County_, Mercer County,Hudson Count,y_ and Morris Count_y_. Our attorneys understand what is at stake when defending juveniles against such serious offenses as ever-escalating penalties apply and we want to help. We can provide that initial free consultation you and your family need to gain some much-needed insight.
Don’t let your child remain alone just defend on a public defender, their future is too important for settling. Contact us at Spodek Law Group today for the possible chances of getting them out of legal jeopardy unscathed.
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