What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? NJ
My son was playing with a lighter in school and singed a girl's hair. It was only slight, but it still could have been very damaging to the girl. It wasn't intentional
and he was playing around with the lighter in school. They got it on video and showed it to us. The police officer had told us he was going to push for Junior Conference Committee for him, but told us we wouldn't know until we got the complaint in the mail.
Well, we just it in the mail today and it says to appear in the county court for a 3rd degree arson and assault charge. Any advice? what kind of penalty does this carry? Is there a possibility of him going to juvenile detention? They officer said that he thought the JCC was the best thing for him, but I think that's out of the question if we have to go to court. We want him to have some kind of intervention, how can we go about speaking to the prosecutor to find out about this? Does all this have to go through a lawyer now?
I'd appreciate any advice that could be given. This is his first offense. He's been on a bad path in my book, but hasn't gotten into any trouble before deserving juvenile detention. He definitely has some issues that could be helped with intervention. We've had him in therapy now for 6 months as well on our own.