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
- Victim impact classes
- Community service
- Loss of operator's license
- Suspension of ability to obtain an operator's license
Defend Against Juvenile Crimes
At Kassabian & Kassabian, P.L.C., our main goal is to keep your child within the juvenile court system where legal steps may be taken to obtain a reduction or even a dismissal of the charge. Juvenile courts are more lenient with penalties and are focused on rehabilitation as opposed to retribution. We strive to build the best possible defenses to get the charges dropped or lessened so that your child does not have a permanent record. We also work on ways to see that your child receives the proper education and rehabilitation to prevent future crimes from occurring.
Protect Your Child's Future with Kassabian & Kassabian, PLC
If your child has been charged with a juvenile offense, there are ways to fight the charge so that your child's rights and future are protected. At Kassabian & Kassabian, P.L.C., John Kassabian will take the appropriate steps to protect your child's future and legally do what is in his power to ensure your child does not receive a permanent criminal record. John has a wealth of experience defending all types of juvenile crimes. As a former prosecutor for Fairfax County and Prince William County, he understands how juvenile criminal cases come through the juvenile court system, how they are tried and how to best defend against them. He will evaluate all details of your child's case to build a strong defense and strive to have the penalties diminished or dismissed so that your child may have a better future.
Don't risk your child's future by not consulting with an experienced skilled Juvenile Court defense attorney. Contact Kassabian & Kassabian, P.L.C., today at (703) 750-3622 for a free consultation.