Somerset County Juvenile Defense Lawyer

Somerset County New Jersey is relatively small and has a population of a little over 300,000. It is part of the New York Metropolitan Area and its county seat is Somerville. Somerset County is one of America’s oldest counties and it was first settled in 1681. For much of its history, Somerset County was primarily an agricultural county and then in the 1960s large suburban communities such Bridgewater, Watchung, and Warren Township began to spring up because of county’s very strong pharmaceutical and technology presence. More recently, there has been an influx of New York City commuters who use New Jersey Transit’s and Rt. 78 for quick access to the City. While Somerset has become more suburban, its juvenile crime rate has also increased. Somerset County processes hundreds of juvenile cases every year and these offenses often lead to harsh penalties such as community service, probation, fines, license suspension, and even incarceration. This is why it is imperative to hire a criminal defense law firm that has a long history of success. At The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, our attorney have over 100 years of experience and will work hard to get your child the best disposition allowed by law. Call our Somerville Juvenile Lawyers now for the guidance necessary to insure that your son or daughter is fully protected.

Somerset County Juvenile Court

In Somerset County most juvenile delinquency arrests and complaints are investigated by the municipality’s police department and then eventually sent to the Somerset County Superior Court, Family Division where they decide the best way to handle each case based on the facts. Somerset County Superior Court is located at 20 North Bridge Street P.O. Box 3000, Somerville, NJ 08876-1262 and the telephone number is 908-231-7000. The family court hears all kinds of juvenile offenses including weapon possession, marijuana possession, DUI, criminal mischief, vandalism, trespass, arson, eluding, terroristic threats, simple assault, harassment, aggravated assault, drug distribution, drug possession, false identification, underage drinking or possession of alcohol, burglary, theft, and robbery. Most first time juvenile offenders who commit crimes such as petty theft, shoplifting, or simple assault will not have to stand before a formal court hearing but instead their cases will be heard by a conference of volunteers, like a Juvenile Conference Committee, or a Family Court paid professional. Both programs share the same ultimate goal of diverting juveniles from the court system while simultaneously deterring further delinquency behavior. Serious crimes such as robbery or aggravated assault (usually not be eligible for diversion programs) and complaints against repeat minor offenders will be heard in juvenile court usually by a family court judge.

The Family Judge who handles Juvenile Cases in Somerset County is

Judge Thomas H. Dilts (908) 231-7647

Directions to Somerset Superior Courthouse

Directions to Somerset Superior Court: Take Garden State Parkway (From the North, take exit 129; From the South, take exit 127) to 287 North. Take exit 10 to I-287 North. From I-287 North, take exit for Commons Way to Route 22 West. Take the exit for Somerville. Follow it around and you will be on the overpass crossing the highway. Bear to the right, and at the stop sign make a left onto North Bridge Street. The courthouse is on the left, approximately 10 blocks.

From New York/Northern New Jersey: Take the New Jersey Turnpike South to exit 14 and follow the signs for I-78 West after the toll. Follow I-78 West to Exit 29 and follow the signs for I-287 South. From I-287 South, take the exit at Route 202/206 South, Somerville. Then, follow the exit for Route 22 East. From Route 22 East, exit right at the sign to North Bridge Street/Somerville. From Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey: Take the New Jersey Turnpike North to exit 10. Follow the signs to I-287 North. Follow I-287 North to the exit for Route 22 West. Take the exits for Somerville; follow it around and you will be on the overpass crossing the highway. Bear to the right and at the stop sign, make a left onto North Bridge Street.

Somerset Detention Facility

All juveniles who are found delinquent in Somerset and sentenced to incarceration are held at the Somerset Detention Center. Somerset County shares its detention center with Middlesex County who contracts to have its juveniles incarcerated here because they do not have a detention facility of their own. The Somerset County Juvenile Institutional Services contact information is PO Box 3000 Somerville, NJ 08876 and the telephone is 908-704-6326 and 908-704-1629 fax. The Administrator of Operations is Perry Tchorni and he can be contacted by e-mail at

Juvenile Attorneys in Somerset County

A juvenile charge in Somerset County should always be taken seriously because it can radically affect your child’s future and change your family’s plans. An experienced lawyer can get a juvenile charged reduced or dropped to allow your child to avoid any serious penalties. The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall has a superior record of success in the Somerset County juvenile court system. Our lawyers represent juveniles who have been charged with an offense in Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Bernards Township, Bound Brook, Hillsborough, Gladstone, Manville, Franklin Township, Bridgewater, Somerset, North Plainfield, Montgomery, Branchburg, Warren Township, Somerville, Manville, Bedminster, Raritan, Green Brook Township, Watchung or any other town in Somerset County. Feel free to contact us 24/7 to get an initial consultation with a knowledgeable juvenile defense attorney at no cost. Our Somerville Office can be reached at 908-566-9717.