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Juvenile Crimes in Arlington County

When a juvenile is charged with a crime, their entire future is on the line. Although courts are often more lenient for juvenile offenses and are more focused on rehabilitation as opposed to punishment, if a juvenile is found guilty of a crime, the consequences of that finding can have a life changing and an adverse impact on your child's future. A conviction for a felony or even a misdemeanor may make it difficult for your child to gain admittance to college, the military or securing employment. The attorneys at Kassabian & Kassabian, P.L.C., hold the strong belief that one mistake should not ruin your child's life forever. We work tirelessly to ensure you and your child understand the charge they face, and we plan for the best way to legally defend against them. John Kassabian understands the significance of your child's criminal charge and what's at stake in resolving the matter favorably so that your child can have a successful future.

What Are Some Common Juvenile Crimes?

Although juveniles are often treated with more leniency in the eyes of the court, any crime committed are still serious offenses and the consequences may have long-reaching impact on your child's future.  Here are some of the most common juvenile crimes in Virginia:

  • Underage DUI/DWI (18.2-266 or 18.2-266.1)
  • Refusal to submit to a breath or drug test (18.2-267)
  • Reckless Driving (46.2-852 and 46.2-861)
  • Sex Crimes
  • Felony charges
  • Destruction of Property (18.2-137 and 18.2-138)
  • Shoplifting/Grand Larceny (18.2-95 and 18.2-103)
  • Underage Drinking and Underage Possession of Alcohol (4.1-305)
  • Marijuana Possession and Distribution (18.2-248 and 18.2-250)
  • Assault and Battery (18.2-57, 18.2-57.2)
  • Probation violations
  • Trespassing (18.2-119)
  • Possession of tobacco products

What Are the Penalties for Juvenile Crimes?

In the state of Virginia, juveniles are eligible to receive jail time under certain circumstances for misdemeanor offenses, for committing a felony and depending on the nature of the crime, may be tried as an adult.  If convicted of a felony in juvenile court your child stands the risk of serving a sentence in the juvenile detention center and possibly being committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice for either a determinate or intermediate duration. If convicted as an adult, your child is at risk of being sentenced to a jail or prison sentence. A felony conviction will label your child with a permanent record for the rest of his or her life that will be extremely difficult to overcome. Certain criminal convictions for juveniles will result in the submission of DNA and fingerprints being taken. Juvenile Court punishments may include:

  • Jail sentence in the Adult Detention Center
  • Jail sentence in the Juvenile Detention Center
  • Commitment to the Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Supervised probation
  • House arrest
  • Substance abuse evaluation and treatment
  • Mental health evaluation and treatment
  • Anger management
  • Shoplifter offender program
  • Intensive supervision program
  • Boys probation house
  • Shelter care
  • Substance abuse focused education
  • Beta Program
  • Home based services
  • Family counseling
  • Foundations
  • Victim impact classes
  • Community service
  • Restitution
  • ASAP
  • Fine
  • Loss of operator's license
  • Suspension of ability to obtain an operator's license

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