Juvenile Rehabilitation & Counseling

Although incarceration is a possibility as a penalty for various juvenile offenses, the court can impose alternatives to detention, which include substance abuse centers or other counseling programs. These alternative programs are geared toward rehabilitation, and with an experienced juvenile defense attorney, your child can avoid a sentence at a juvenile detention facility. The lawyers at the Law Offices of John F. Marshall are prepared to present the best defense for your juvenile and to avoid any sentence of incarceration. Our attorneys understand you and your child’s concerns and will work with the prosecutors and the Juvenile Court in order to obtain an alternative to detention for your juvenile. Call our office immediately if your child is charged with a juvenile offense that could impose a sentence of incarceration.

Substance Abuse

If your child has been charged with drug or alcohol offense, he or she may be suffering from a substance abuse problem. Hence, it is important to acknowledge the ways that you can help your child battle his or her problem, including rehabilitation centers, outpatient therapy, and family and/or addict support groups. Additionally, an alternative to incarceration can be imposed in Juvenile Court if the juvenile is adjudicated delinquent for a drug and/or alcohol charge. An increasing number of teenagers are becoming addicted to prescription pills, marijuana, cocaine, alcohol, and a variety of other illegal substances. Substance abuse can seriously affect the dynamic of entire family as it could impose an emotional and financial burden on every family member. For these reasons, it is important to address these issues early for your child. If you think your juvenile may be developing a substance abuse problem, or you think that your child already is battling with an addiction, you should contact the following facilities which could be of great assistance to you and your child:

  • Riverview Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program Addiction Recovery Services……………………………………………………………732-345-3400
  • New Hope Foundation
    • (Marlboro inpatient facility)………………732-946-3030
    • (Freehold outpatient facility)……………732-308-0113
  • Community YMCA Family Services
  • (outpatient therapy)……………………………………….732-290-9040
  • Prevention First, Inc…………………………………………732-663-1800
  • Alcoholics Anonymous……………………………………..800-245-1377
  • Narcotics Anonymous……………………………………..800-992-0401
  • Alliances to Prevent
    Alcoholism and Drug Abuse……………………………800-245-1377

It is important to address problems with substance abuse early for youngsters struggling with this problem, and there are community resources right at your fingertips. If your child is struggling with a substance abuse problem, or you believe he or she is in danger of developing one, it is crucial to seek help immediately. A juvenile who suffers from an addiction is likely to be charged with a variety of offenses, which could adversely affect his or her future. If your child has an addiction and is charged with a related offense, the attorneys at the Law Offices of John F. Marshall are fully prepared to provide an aggressive defense while understanding the emotional and psychological needs of your child and your family. Please do not hesitate to call our office for a free consultation 1-877-450-8301.

Behavioral/Emotional Disorders

A juvenile who is charged with an offense may suffer from an untreated behavioral or emotional issue. A youngster could be seriously affected by a mental health condition, and the condition can likely contribute to habitual delinquent behavior. It is estimated that about one in five juveniles suffer from a mental health disorder, and many often go without seeking any professional help. Often times, juveniles do not recognize that they are suffering from a mental, emotional or behavioral health problem, so it is important to be aware of your child’s behavior and to seek treatment if it seems to be a serious problem or disrupting you or your child’s life. Juveniles who suffer from these types of disorders exhibit typical behavior such as frequent arguments with family members or friends, disciplinary actions at school, difficulty paying attention or focusing, frequent irritable moods, trouble sleeping, and difficulty dealing with anger. Common conditions, which affect juveniles, include the following: anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, conduct disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, Hyperactive Disorder, or learning disorders. If you suspect your child may suffer from a mental, behavioral or emotional disorder, the following resources can be very helpful to you and your family:

  • New Jersey Division of Child Behavioral Health Services (needs assessment test)……………………………………1-877-652-7624
  • Mental Health Association of Monmouth County……………………………………………..732-542-6422
  • 2nd Floor Helpline (youth support group)……………..888-222-2228
  • Families Anonymous (family support group)……………………………………………800-736-9805
  • Parents Anonymous………………………………………………..800-843-5437
  • Youth Partnership…………………………………………………..732-571-3272
  • Family and Children’s Services……………………………..732-222-9111
  • CPC Behavioral Healthcare, ACCESS office………….732-842-2000 ext. 4221
  • Riverview Medical Center Crisis Helpline………………732-219-5325
  • Jersey Shore Behavioral Health Crisis…………………..732-776-4555
  • Mental Health Association/Family Crisis Intervention Unit (For family crises, such as runaway issues, truancy or serious threats)……732-431-7280

The Law Offices of John F. Marshall represent juveniles throughout the state of New Jersey and have often been successful in obtaining alternative sentences to detention. We understand that juvenile detention could seriously damage the emotional and psychological well-being of a child, as well as his or her reputation, and are fully capable of presenting the best defense to avoid incarceration. Please call our office immediately at 1-877-450-8301, if your child has been charged with a juvenile offense. Do not wait. Your child’s freedom depends on it.