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Juvenile Crimes, Detention Hearings, Adult Certification


Virginia Beach Attorneys For Juvenile Criminal Defense

All of our attorneys at Garrett Law Group, PLC have families. We are parents. One of the worst things we can imagine as parents is getting a call from the police telling us our child has been charged with a crime. Our first inclination as parents is to get them help; and that’s what the juvenile defense team at Garrett Law Group, PLC intends to do as well.

There is not a week that goes by that we do not receive a phone call from a worried parent who finds themselves in this terrible position. Can they come home? Will they miss school? What happens if they are convicted? How will this affect their college plans? Will they still be able to join the military? These questions are common, and we are here to answer them.

(757) 422-4646

What Is The Difference Between Juvenile and Adult Criminal Charges?

There is no difference in the elements of a criminal offense in Virginia for a child or an adult. They are identical. The major difference is in what options are available for disposition. When you are selecting an attorney to defend your child against a juvenile criminal charge, you want an attorney who knows the law as well as knows the juvenile justice system. If your child is charged with a juvenile offense, it is helpful to know the different terminology used and how they correspond to more familiar adult terms.

Juvenile (Adult)

Petition (Warrant)
Detention Hearing (Bond Hearing)
Certification Hearing (Preliminary Hearing)
Adjudication Hearing (Trial)
Adjudicated Delinquent (Guilty Finding)

We have vast experience representing children in a variety of legal matters whether it be for juvenile criminal charges (e.g., young adults in alcohol possession charges, possession of marijuana) or children in family and domestic situations (e.g., divorce and child custody, domestic violence). You can trust that we will treat your children like they were our own, and we won’t stop fighting until they receive the absolute best possible result in their case.

What Happens After A Juvenile Is Charged?

Every juvenile criminal charge starts in Juvenile & Domestic Relations (JDR) Court with the filing of a criminal petition. The vast majority of cases will be resolved in JDR and will not be sent to circuit court to be tried as an adult. In most cases, the juvenile is released to their parents’ custody, either immediately after being arrested and charged, or after a detention hearing the following day. It is very important that your child is represented at the detention hearing by competent counsel to enhance their chances of receiving a bond and being released.

What Happens At Trial?

The goal of juvenile justice in Virginia is more rehabilitation than punishment. Kids make mistakes; sometimes big mistakes. Sometimes they just get caught up in the moment and they lack the maturity to handle that, or they succumb to peer pressure, or they are simply at the wrong place when one of their friends decide to do something stupid. Juvenile court judges have a wide range of options at their disposal other than a delinquency adjudication (guilty finding).

Our Virginia Beach juvenile defense attorneys will work with you and the court to make sure your child gets the most favorable result possible. We will work hard to get the charges reduced, deferred, or dismissed.

Call Us Today. We’ll Answer Your Questions and Get Your Child The Legal Help They Need!

(757) 422-4646