If you are under the age of 18 and commit an act prohibited by Virginia law, your case will be prosecuted in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court (J&DR). These cases are handled differently than cases for adults in General District Court. Your juvenile criminal and traffic attorney should take the time to discuss the details of your case in order to prepare a suitable defense. The primary goal of Virginia’s juvenile justice system is rehabilitation – not incarceration. Although some crimes mean strict punishments, the emphasis is on bettering the youth’s future. Our Fairfax juvenile defense lawyers serve clients throughout Northern Virginia, including Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Arlington, and Alexandria.
Some of the most common juvenile crimes in Virginia are:
If you were convicted of a misdemeanor while a juvenile, the charge will be removed from your record five years after the offense was committed OR after the age of 19. If convicted of a traffic offense as a juvenile in Virginia, the charge typically remains on record until the age of 29. If you were convicted of a felony while still a juvenile, the charge will remain on your record permanently.
Although the records of a juvenile case are sealed to the general public, schools will be informed. Colleges and universities often require their applicants to disclose and pending charges or convictions during the application process and throughout the juvenile’s enrollment.
The typical punishment for a juvenile convicted of a misdemeanor in Virginia is a driver’s license suspension or preventing the juvenile from obtaining a license. A juvenile who has been convicted of a felony in Virginia will remain a felon for the rest of his or her life. Although the purpose of the Juvenile justice system is rehabilitation, some juvenile criminals may serve jail time. Moreover, any juvenile who is at least 14 years old, may be tried as an adult in General District Court depending on the crime in question.
You likely have several questions and concerns that are specific to your child’s case. Protect your child’s juvenile record and contact an experienced Virginia juvenile defense lawyer as soon as possible. Contact Robinson Law, PLLC today at: (703) 542-4008 or email us at MAR@CriminalAttorneyVA.com Consultations are completely free of charge.