A criminal record can ruin your child’s life, and thankfully, children are allowed lawyers in our justice system. However, you need to have a lawyer that specializes in the juvenile courts. A normal defense attorney may know the same laws, but the rules of juvenile court are different.
The Pendleton Law Group’s juvenile defense attorneys in Richmond can help prevent the mistakes of youth from following them into adulthood. A good attorney in this field doesn’t just keep your child out of prison, but also gets them the help they need.
How Our Juvenile Defense Attorneys in Richmond Can Help Your Child
A good juvenile defense focuses on more than just the charges. A child may need therapy, counseling, or education to keep them from making the same mistake again. The courts recognize that children do not have the same ability to make decisions as adults.
If your child is found to be delinquent (“guilty” in juvenile court), redirecting them to treatment instead of jail is our priority. Jail rarely helps your child’s future, even if their court records get expunged later in life. Going to jail also robs your child of a good education and employment opportunities.
Many children just need a second chance and a little redirection to become responsible, law-abiding adults. Our Richmond juvenile defense lawyers will do our best to convince the court that your child deserves that chance.
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Common Juvenile Offenses in Virginia
Our lawyers can help defend your child against any crime in the State of Virginia. Common childhood crimes include:
- Drinking, DUI, and drug use
- Serious traffic violations
- Drug possession
- Shoplifting, theft, and robbery
- Criminal trespass
- Sex crimes
- Violent crimes
Getting convicted of a crime as a youth robs them of opportunities that could follow them for the rest of their lives. Do not let it happen. Instead, hire a juvenile criminal defense attorney to speak on their behalf.
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Juveniles Getting Tried as Adults
There are some situations where a child could get moved to the adult criminal court system. This is called being “tried as an adult”, and it is a very serious matter. To get moved here means the prosecution believes the crimes are so bad they need punishment rather than rehabilitation.
Some of the factors include the seriousness of the crime, the maturity of the minor, and prior convictions. Furthermore, once a child is tried as an adult, they will never have the special benefits of juvenile court again.
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Let Our Richmond Juvenile Defense Attorneys Help You
The Richmond juvenile defense attorneys at Pendleton Law Group are ready to help you and your child move on from your situation. We will do our best to convince the court to keep your child out of jail and get them the help they need.
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