If your child faces juvenile charges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, you are likely concerned about what the future holds. Unlike some other states, a juvenile criminal conviction in Virginia doesn’t necessarily disappear once a child becomes an adult, nor do they automatically become sealed from the public. In fact, some juvenile felony convictions remain on an individual’s criminal record permanently. Misdemeanor and traffic convictions are handled differently.
A juvenile can face significant penalties if convicted of a crime. Virginia judges may require minors to participate in a juvenile probation program or attend a residential treatment facility. Alternately, they may sentence them to a Virginia juvenile detention center. However, when a felony conviction is involved, a judge can commit the minor to the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice. Keep in mind that juveniles who are confronting serious felony charges could be tried as adults and may receive lengthy sentences if convicted.
As a parent, you naturally want to prevent these juvenile crime charges from negatively impacting the course of your child’s life. When you retain B.R. Hicks to handle your child’s case, you’ll be working with a juvenile defense attorney who will fight aggressively for your child’s rights and future at every turn. Mr. Hicks is a former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney and a police officer who recognizes how the law can treat juveniles unfairly and needlessly compromise future opportunities. Call B.R. Hicks today to discuss your child’s underage drinking, vandalism, (destruction of property), or drug charges case so that you can begin to develop an effective legal strategy moving forward.
There are other ways that a juvenile criminal conviction can adversely affect minors. For example, college applications now often require that applicants disclose any past criminal charges, even if no conviction occurred. Juveniles who are over the age of 14 and commit felonies are not allowed to possess firearms and can be charged with the crime of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, which is itself a felony. Also, juvenile criminal charges and convictions can result in a minor’s license being suspended. Minors who do not yet have driver’s licenses may be prohibited by law from obtaining one. Don’t let a youthful indiscretion or mistake ruin your child’s future educational and employment opportunities. Get the help you and your child need by calling trusted criminal defense attorney B.R. Hicks right away.