Frequently, people under 18 are charged with the same offenses as adults. The main difference is that the offenses are referred to as delinquencies, not crimes. In Virginia, juvenile cases are handled by the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (JDR). This court has drastically different procedures, rules, potential sentences and a distinctly different atmosphere than the adult courts. The goal of Virginia’s juvenile justice system should be rehabilitation rather than punishment.
However, some juvenile offenses can have consequences that follow a child into adulthood. These can include loss of firearms rights and placement in the sex offender registry. A delinquent juvenile may be placed in juvenile detention, on probation, ordered to comply with testing or programs, or all of the above.
Empathic Counsel in Juvenile Delinquency Cases
The courts do not set out to ruin a young person’s life, but a harsh judgment at an early age can be damaging. That’s why you need the services of an established juvenile defense law firm like The Laurel Brigade Law Group.
Our firm defends young people against the charges most often leveled against their age group:
- Shoplifting and petit larceny
- Underage possession of alcohol
- Gang activities
- Assault and battery
- Sex offenses
- Underage DUI (alcohol or drugs)
- Reckless driving
- Drug possession (marijuana and others)
- Vandalism and graffiti
- Joyriding and racing
- Violation of curfew
It is important to have an experienced juvenile law attorney in a juvenile case. A lawyer unfamiliar with the JDR court will be confused by the procedures and terms. You want a lawyer who has empathy for your child and experience in the complex world of juvenile justice.
Call us at 703-777-6161, or write us a brief note using this online form. And do it now, the day your son or daughter is arrested, or as soon as possible thereafter. Quick action now gives our attorneys time to plan a strategy that will lead to a positive outcome.