Juvenile Delinquency

In early 2014 Mr. Joseph H. Nivin presented a continuing legal education course at the Queens County Bar Association – The Changing Juvenile Delinquency Practice: The “Close to Home” Placement Initiative.

Juvenile delinquency cases commence when children between the ages of seven and 15 are accused of acts which would constitute crimes if committed by adults. Alleged juvenile delinquents are entitled to be represented by attorneys. The court will assign a lawyer to those who cannot afford representation for their children.

Most allegations against minors between the ages of 7 and 15 are heard by judges in Family Court. The most serious cases are filed in Criminal Court, but may be transferred to Family Court in the interests of justice.

In the Family Court setting a judge will review evidence and determine:

  • Whether the child should be released or detained during the proceedings
  • Guilt or innocence
  • Disposition, which may include confinement, treatment and supervision

If your child has been accused of a delinquent act, it is important to have experienced representation who will work hard for your family. Joseph H. Nivin has been litigating in Family Court for many years, first for the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, and currently in private practice. He will work hard on your behalf, understanding that the outcome of such a case can greatly impact your child and family. Call The Law Offices of Joseph H. Nivin, P.C. to learn more about how you can help protect the rights of your minor child.

Child Lawyer - Juvenile Delinquency