Juvenile Criminal and Traffic charges present special concerns for parents and their children. Persons under eighteen years of age may be charged with serious criminal offenses that carry significant penalties. A minor adjudicated delinquent may be sentenced to a term in the juvenile detention center or ordered into the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice. Virginia Code §16.1-285 states that the maximum period that a juvenile may be detained is thirty-six months, or until the juvenile becomes twenty-one years of age. Juveniles in Virginia may also be certified and tried as adults in certain circumstances. Juveniles tried and found guilty as adults may be sentenced as adults in the criminal justice system.
Types of Juvenile Criminal Defense Cases
Attorney Yeargan understands that juvenile offenses require special knowledge of rules and procedures in the court system. He has handled many serious misdemeanor and felony offenses in the juvenile court system, including, but not limited to:
- Vandalism or Destruction of Property (Virginia Code §18.2-137)
- Trespassing (Virginia Code §18.2-119)
- Grand Larceny (Virginia Code §18.2-95) and Petty Larceny (Virginia Code §18.2-96)
- Reckless Driving (Virginia Code §46.2-862 and Virginia Code §46.2-852)
- Felony Drug Possession (Virginia Code §18.2-250)
- Distribution of Marijuana in Schools (Virginia Code §18.2-255.2)
- Underage Possession of Alcohol (Virginia Code §4.1-305)
- Assault and Battery and Assault and Battery on a Family of Household Member (Virginia Codes §18.2-57 and §18.2-57.2)
- Receipt of Stolen Property (Virginia Code §18.2-108)
The Legal Defense Process
Attorney Yeargan works closely with parents and their children in juvenile criminal matters. He explains the nature of all charges brought against the minor and the best possible strategies for defense. He will develop a thorough knowledge of the prosecution’s case by investigating the facts and filing a motion for discovery and inspection with the court.
If the juvenile has any technical defenses to the charge, such as unlawful search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, Attorney Yeargan will prepare appropriate motions to exclude this information as evidence.
Contact a Fairfax Criminal Defense Attorney Today
Contact Attorney Wilfred Yeargan today for a free, initial consultation to review your juvenile criminal case. He will meet with you confidentially and provide expert guidance and advice about your child’s pending case.
Attorney Yeargan advises that parents and their children make no statements to investigating authorities without first consulting with a qualified criminal defense lawyer. To set up a free consultation to discuss your call, call or send Attorney Yeargan a message online today.