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Find out the options for dealing with a juvenile justice case

As we discussed last week, juvenile justice cases are cries for help and not always cause for punishment. There are many misguided youth in our world. We know that as the parent of a child who is facing the juvenile justice system, you might be concerned about what is going to happen and how it will affect your child. That is totally understandable.

We know that for people who aren't familiar with the juvenile justice system, being thrust into the system can be frightening and confusing. We can help you to understand what is happening and what options are possible throughout the case.

Juveniles need help, not more problems

It is often said that juveniles who enter into the juvenile justice system are actually crying out for help. Getting this help should be a goal of the juvenile justice system, but some youthful offenders might not see it that way. The fact remains that it can be difficult for the current system to come up with suitable answers to all of the issues that lead kids to get introduced into the system in the first place.

The individual but vast differences between juveniles mean that what works for one juvenile might not work for another one even if both are charged with similar offenses. It is important to look at the underlying causes that can signal a juvenile in crisis. This might be a drug addiction or the gang life. If the underlying cause of the juvenile's issues can be addressed, there is a better chance that the rehabilitation will be successful.

Habitual offender DUIs can lead to harsh consequences

Facing drunk driving charges is hard to do, but the difficulty increases when you are facing subsequent charges after being previously convicted. Having multiple DUI convictions can end up meaning that you are labeled as a habitual offender. Understanding what this means and how it will affect you might have an impact on the effort you are going to put into your defense.

In order to be labeled as a habitual offender, you have to be convicted of violating specific laws a certain number of times within a certain period of time. If the court labels you as a habitual offender, you can face some very serious consequences.

Know options for dealing with drug charges in Virginia

You can probably remember the feeling you got the first time that you did your drug of choice. Now, you are facing criminal charges from an addiction that stemmed from your desire to replicate that feeling. You probably don't think that your entire future should hinge on a criminal case when all you need is the chance to get clean and walk on the right path again.

We know that facing drug charges because you have an addiction is something that can make your life horrible. The stress of the charges might push you back toward the drugs, but the bail on which you are out of jail might not allow you to have drugs or alcohol. While we can't take the stress or difficulties away, we can help you to learn about the options you have for handling your drug case.

What are some juvenile justice terms?

The Virginia juvenile justice system is one that is meant to help minors who are heading down the wrong road. There are some points in the juvenile system that differ from the adult criminal justice system that many people are familiar with. Learning some of the terminology that you might encounter can help you to better understand what is going on as the case moves forward.

How do status offenders and delinquents differ?

Resolution of case may lead to reinstatement of football players

Two suspended Virginia Tech football players might get to be reinstated to the team soon because of the resolution of criminal justice cases against the men. The two were suspended indefinitely after being arrested following the Hokies' annual spring game in April.

The two men were charged with possession of marijuana. One man was also facing a charge for underage possession of alcohol, but that charge was ultimately dismissed. Both men were sentenced to a diversion program in which they must each complete 24 hours of community service and 12 months on probation. If they successfully complete the sentence, the charge against each of them will be dismissed.

Teen accused of murder, held without bond

Juveniles usually doesn't think that their actions will affect them for the rest of their life. Sadly, when they are accused of participating in criminal activities, the charges that might be placed against the young person can have a profound effect on the rest of his or her life. A recent case in Virginia Beach highlights this fact.

A 17-year-old is being held without bond at the Virginia Beach Juvenile Detention Center on a first degree murder charge. The teen is also facing charges for the use of a firearm, robbery, and conspiracy to commit a felony. The juvenile is said to have been a participant in the death of a 19-year-old man on June 16.

Supreme Court draws a line between blood and breath tests

Three cases regarding drunk driving chemical tests recently went before the United States Supreme Court. The justices reviewed the cases and issued a ruling that is interesting. In short, people who are stopped by police officers can refuse to have blood tests done unless the police officers obtain warrants, but they can't refuse breath tests.

The ruling by the Supreme Court noted that there is one big difference between breath tests and blood tests -- the intrusiveness of the test. Breath tests aren't as intrusive. In fact, one justice noted that taking a breath test is essentially the same thing as sucking on a straw. Blood tests, however, are a different matter. The skin has to be pierced to draw blood. The biological evidence remains in the custody of the law enforcement agency or their agents.

Are there any methods to prevent or reduce juvenile delinquincy?

Juveniles who end up having to face the juvenile justice system are often crying out for help. While it might not seem possible, it is sometimes possible to prevent these misguided youths from embarking on the path toward criminal behavior. When a juvenile does begin to exhibit signs that he or she will follow the wrong path, it is sometimes possible for early intervention programs to help stop the juvenile in his or her tracks.

When is early intervention suitable for juveniles?

What is the booking process like after a DUI arrest?

When you are placed under arrest for any crime, including drunk driving, you will be booked into the local jail. In some cases, this is known as being processed. There are several different things that will happen during this process. Understanding them might help you to make it through the process.

What happens to the possessions that I had when I was arrested?

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