Having a child who gets in trouble with the law is a fear of most parents. If your child is in the Virginia juvenile justice system, you might worry about how your child is being treated. Fortunately, there are ways that you can remain involved in your child's process. If you ever have any concerns, there are ways that you can have those addressed.
Parents who learn their child has gotten in trouble with the law might have several thoughts that cross their minds. When that trouble leads to charges in the criminal justice system, things can get rather complicated.
Last week, we discussed the case of the college student who was facing criminal charges after an encounter with law enforcement officers. If you remember, those charges were dropped by the prosecutor because he noted that the college student made some bad choices but didn't deserve to be prosecuted over those choices. That case shows that just because someone is charged with a crime doesn't automatically mean he or she will be convicted of the crime.
A story recently made the news about a black University of Virginia student who was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and public intoxication after being stopped by the state's Alcohol Beverage Control officers outside of a pub adjacent to the U-Va. campus. Photos from that encounter went viral and sparked outrage. The college student ended up in a jail cell all bloodied up after coming into contact with ABC officers.
Juveniles with criminal charges sometimes face the possibility of their case being sent over to the adult court. In most cases, this possibility is limited to only very serious charges. For any juvenile who is facing charges and their family members, knowing some points about juvenile waivers might help them to understand the process.