When an underage individual is arrested, they are generally treated with more care and leniency by the court system than adults. Instead of being detained in a county jail, they are sent home on supervision or are placed in a juvenile detention center. If convicted of a crime, they may be placed on probation or sent to a residential center that is more geared toward guidance and rehabilitation than it is toward punishment.
There are extreme cases, however, where a young person is charged, tried, and convicted as though they were an adult. If a juvenile who is 14 years of age or older has been charged with a serious offense which would be a felony if committed by an adult, the case can be transferred to circuit court, where the juvenile will be tried and potentially sentenced as an adult.
If this is a situation you or your child is facing, reach out to our Virginia Beach juvenile crime attorney today!
If you or your child has been arrested for a crime while younger than 18, it is vital to retain an attorney who will advocate for their rights and fight their charges. Consult with a Virginia Beach criminal lawyer from McCormack & McCormack to learn how a seasoned trial attorney from our firm can provide the defense that you need.
Our lawyers have handled hundreds of jury trials and will provide the thorough and aggressive representation that you need in order to obtain a dismissal of your case. Whether your case involves underage DUI, drug crimes, theft crimes, or even murder, our firm has the experience and determination to obtain the verdict you need.
For 40 years combined, McCormack & McCormack has provided exceptional client service and criminal defense for clients in the Virginia Beach area. We understand how traumatizing criminal charges can be for a minor and the effect it can have on their friendships, their respect with teachers and peers, and even their chances at college acceptance.
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