We recently discussed what a status offense entails in juvenile court. These are offenses that wouldn't lead to legal troubles if an adult did the same things. Even though these might not seem significant, they can be a very big deal for your child.
Status offenses aren't as a serious as other offenses in the juvenile justice system, but this doesn't mean that you can ignore them. Instead, you need to learn about these offenses so that you can decide what to do about them if your child is facing one.
Learning that your child is facing an issue in the juvenile court system is troubling for most parents. In these cases, you shouldn't sit back and just let the chips fall where they may. Instead, you need to take action so that your child can have representation as the case moves forward. We know that you might be confused and you might have questions about what you can do. We are here to answer questions about how you can handle the situation.
Holiday parties, even those that are attended by juveniles, might have alcohol present. In our previous blog posts, we discussed some points about drunk driving. For many juveniles who opt to consume alcohol, simply drinking can lead to serious legal issues. Those juveniles don't even have to drive to get into trouble if they have been drinking; of course, they might face even more severe legal issues if they do drink and drive.
A juvenile who is facing the juvenile justice system is likely going to feel frightened. These young people often have faced lifelong battles and really don't know where to turn for help. While it is possible that they can get the help they need through the juvenile justice system, they still need someone on their side to make sure that their rights are kept in place.
When you think of juvenile courts, you probably think of courts that are only there to punish juveniles and then let them go on their way. Interestingly, these juveniles who go through the system are responsible for paying court costs and other expenses. That leaves some juveniles in jail even longer because they can't pay what they owe.
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.
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 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.
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.