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Understanding the Juvenile Probation Department in Virginia

When a juvenile is charged with a crime in Virginia, the Juvenile Probation Department (also known as a court service unit) will be involved of the juvenile's case from beginning to end. Therefore, it is helpful for juveniles charged with a crime to understand the role of the court service unit in their case.

Transferring a case from the juvenile law system to adult court

Juveniles in Virginia who are charged with criminal offenses must be aware of the possibility of the case being certified and transferred from juvenile court to circuit court and being tried as an adult. If the juvenile is 14 or older and has been accused of committing a felony, this could occur. With the certification to circuit court, certain felonies fit the requirement for a judge to make the decision on a transfer.

The juvenile law system and driving privileges

For Virginia teens, driving is a new experience and rite of approaching adulthood. It is also a responsibility that requires the adherence of applicable laws to juveniles with accompanying penalties under the juvenile law system if they are violated. Juvenile delinquents can face numerous penalties such as license suspension or a curfew as to the hours they can drive. With alcohol, drug or firearm offenses, the driving privileges can be revoked.

Two teens face accusations of murder and other gun-related acts

There is a difference between the juvenile law system and the adult law system in Virginia and other states in the country. While many juvenile crimes might seem to be mischievous and not do any significant harm to anyone, there are times when a juvenile might face accusations of having committed certain acts that carry with them harsh punishments regardless of their age-based status. Anyone who is charged with a juvenile criminal offense must make certain that they understand the law and make plans to craft a strong defense from the time of the investigation onward.

What happens when a juvenile commits a felony in Virginia?

When a Virginia juvenile aged 14 or older is convicted of an offense that would be a felony if committed by an adult, he or she can be committed to a juvenile correctional facility in certain circumstances. The juvenile can be committed if he or she committed the offense while on parole for an offense that would have been a felony had an adult committed it.

Understanding stalking and its penalties in Virginia

As Virginia teens mature, they will get into relationships or seek to get into relationships with others. Given their age and that there can be a frequent misunderstanding as to what is appropriate and legal when embarking on these relationships, there can be a blurring of the line as to what they can and cannot do according to the law. One aspect is stalking. Understanding what stalking is and the potential long-term consequences for it is important to those who are facing accusations of taking part in it.

What are the potential penalties for vandalism in Virginia?

Teens in Virginia might occasionally get caught up in certain behaviors or be confronted with allegations that they they did not believe were especially harmful nor against the law. One example is vandalizing property. The laws of the state make clear that the act of vandalizing public buildings and materials in libraries and schools is illegal and that anyone who is accused of doing it will be subjected to arrest and various penalties. Those who are facing this type of criminal charge need to be aware that they will not only face legal issues, but the long-term consequences if they are convicted.

The Virginia juvenile law system and escaping from a facility

Juveniles in Virginia who are placed into a facility need to understand that there are certain laws that dictate when they are allowed to leave. It is not up to them to choose to depart. While making an escape might seem to be something they did in a video game or watched on television or in the movies, the reality is that under the juvenile law system, there can be significant penalties and a host of long-term consequences for violating the law against escaping from a juvenile facility.

Understanding allegations of harassment and its penalties

Teens in Virginia might not understand the difference between what they believe to be a harmless series of pranks and what ventures into the illegal and turns into harassment. However, when that line is crossed it can lead to serious long-term consequences if there is a conviction on the allegations. It is with this in mind that teens who might be facing accusations of harassment need to make certain to craft a strong defense to avoid the harshest penalties.

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