When a young person is charged with a crime, the incident may not seem serious until you realize that your son or daughter is facing a legal problem that can have a lifelong impact on his or her future. A criminal record as an adolescent or teen can have a negative impact on an academic record, which can snowball into losing opportunities for college and employment. Getting your child the rehabilitative help he or she needs now should be your primary objective.

In addition, a juvenile charged with a criminal offense can also simultaneously face expulsion and suspension proceedings from their school for incidents that have occurred inside and outside of school hours and both on and off school property. Many schools have school resource officers who are required to report certain criminal charges to a child's school whether the incident occurred during school or on school property. A criminal conviction for a serious school violence offense can result in expulsion or incarceration in a juvenile detention center. In some serious offenses, the prosecution can seek to certify your child as an adult which then exposes your child to the adult criminal justice system.

If you need serious, professional and experienced legal counsel for your son or daughter facing a criminal charge, contact the Law Offices of Christie A. Leary P.C. Ms. Leary is a seasoned criminal defense attorney who will work hard to find alternatives to the harsh consequences of a conviction. She will help you understand the various procedural rules of the juvenile process and the opportunity for creative and case-specific results fashioned to your son's or daughter's circumstances.

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Protecting Your Child's Future With Proactive Strategies

Ms. Leary will work hard to find alternatives to the harsh penalties that can turn a promising young person into a discouraged delinquent. Her first priority is to identify proactive strategies for working with your family and the juvenile justice system to develop a rehabilitative approach to prepare your child and secure your child's future.

From offices in Fairfax and Manassas, the Law Offices of Christie A. Leary P.C. represents clients in communities throughout Northern Virginia, including Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties, and the cities of Alexandria and Fairfax. Call or email to set up an appointment with an experienced Manassas and Fairfax juvenile offense lawyer today.

Cases involving children often have implications beyond the criminal courtroom. Children can face serious actions as students through school administrative hearings that threaten your child's academic future. Children and teenagers make mistakes. As a parent, when your child is charged with a crime, the target of a criminal investigation or facing school punishment, the best decision you can make is to immediately consult with an experienced attorney who can help you understand your son's or daughter's circumstances and help fashion a plan to assist you and your child to proactively and comprehensively work toward the best result possible for your child's circumstances.

Contact Experienced Fairfax And Manassas School Violence Defense Lawyers

In practice for nearly 20 years, attorney Christie Leary works directly with every client from day one. She believes in providing responsive communication, competitive fees and clear billing policies. To schedule a free consultation about the facts of your case, call 703-359-7111.