Juvenile Charges

Juvenile Charges in Virginia?

Protect Your Future with a Strong Defense!

Charges against juveniles need to be handled just right to protect a young person’s future. A case before the Virginia Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court is different than a criminal case, and should be approached differently. I’ve represented clients in these courts many times, so I’m fully prepared to represent and defend your child’s interests.

Don’t let a youthful mistake affect the rest of your life! Call me for a free legal consultation, and I’ll advise you on how to best fight your case, or negotiate a deal that will minimize any future impact that a juvenile record may have.

What is a Juvenile Offense?

A juvenile offender is someone under the age of 18 who commits and specific act prohibited by Virginia law.

Examples of some charges that are specific to juveniles include:

  • Truancy
  • Delinquency
  • Curfew violations
  • Possession of Alcohol (or tobacco)

Juvenile cases may also be crimes not specifically restricted to juveniles, such as possession of drugsbreaking and entering, theftassault (misdemeanor or felony), gun possession, driving without a license or other motor vehicle charges.

Delinquency Arrest Tips

If you are accused of delinquency, remain calm when confronted by the police. Remember the following advice:

  1. If you haven’t been arrested or taken into custody, you do not have to submit to a search.
  2. Do not resist arrest! Be polite and cooperative.
  3. Respectfully decline to answer any questions. Do not volunteer any information about the incident.
  4. Insist that an attorney is present before answering any questions.
  5. Do not discuss your case with anyone other than your attorney.

Juvenile Defense Legal Strategies

In every juvenile defense case, I fight aggressively and concede nothing to the prosecution. They must fully prove every element of their case against you beyond a reasonable doubt.

However, when a conviction can’t be avoided, I’ve found that a strong sentencing argument can make all the difference to minimize the penalties and potential long-term impact of a conviction. There are many forms of alternative sentences that may be properly considered by a judge. I will tailor fit the argument to the highest benefit of the client, your child.

When you hire me, you will receive the undivided attention and respect you deserve. To find out if I’m the attorney for you, call me now for a no obligation legal consultation.

If you are accused of criminal charges as a juvenile in Virginia, call me now to schedule a no-obligation, no-risk, free consultation at (757) 423-0271. I’ll talk to you about your case, and let you know exactly what I can do to help.