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A young person who is accused of juvenile crimes and arrested in Fairfax County will not just be confronted with the potential punishments, but might have to deal with long-term consequences. Because of the ramifications of a conviction regardless of the person's age, it's important to lodge a strong defense and avoid it if possible. A criminal record and jail time can have a negative influence on the rest of a young person's life.

While a certain act might not seem that serious when it happens, only when the aftereffects become clear is it realized how imperative it is to try and be acquitted or receive alternative sentencing in lieu of harsher punishments. Academic records can be negatively impacted, seeking a job can be made more difficult and other issues can arise if there is a conviction. If the accusations involve something that occurred in the school, there can be a suspension from the school or an outright expulsion. Depending on the circumstances, however, it might be possible for there to be treatment and intervention instead of moving through the juvenile law system.

There are times when teenagers and young people make mistakes due to lack of thinking or being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In some cases, they face wrongful accusations. There could have been fighting, stealing, drug possession, DUI or sexual charges. Convictions on any of these can negatively impact driving privileges, deprive the convicted person of freedom and might limit their job opportunities. These are just a few examples of the crimes that can lead to problems with the law for juveniles.

Whether it's a serious criminal act or a simple matter of young people making mistakes that young people often make, the defense is the key. Doing whatever possible to avoid a severe punishment is the smart option for the accused and his or her parents. If there is an accusation of juvenile crimes, the first step is to discuss the matter with an experienced attorney to begin planning a defense.

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