Alexandria, Arlington, Prince William, Fairfax Juvenile Court Lawyer
Sometimes even good kids get in trouble with the law. Kids from good families steal to get attention. Sometimes they drink, do drugs or destroy property to fit in with their friends.
Your child could have the potential to go to college. A criminal conviction could impede their progress.Your child’s success is worth hiring a criminal defense attorney to fight for dismissal or reduction of a criminal charge, or to seek alternative sentencing options in the event of a conviction.
Contact Fairfax juvenile crimes attorney Mark T Schnider right away.
At Mark T Schnider, Attorney at Law, we represent juveniles in divorce or custody proceedings or in cases of abuse or neglect. We also handle protective orders.
Juveniles Charged With Crimes
When a juvenile has been charged with a felony or misdemeanor crime, the process and potential punishments can be very different from those for an adult. For example, a juvenile is more likely to lose their license when convicted.
In some cases, juveniles are represented by a Guardian ad litem, someone who will represent the child’s best interest in court. Mark T Schnider has counsel on hand who are current and former guardian ad litems who possess experience representing juveniles in court when they have been charged with misdemeanor or felony crimes, including:
- Traffic offenses
- Larceny and petty theft
- Destruction of property
- Underage drinking including minor in possession (MIP) and DUI/DWI
- Felony and misdemeanor drug offenses
- Gang violations
- Violent crimes including robbery and armed robbery
- Sexual offenses, including rape
If Mr. Schnider is unable to get the charges dismissed or reduced to a lesser charge, he will seek alternative sentencing in the form of first-offender programs, rehabilitation services or community service. He can also appeal your sentence to the circuit court.
Further, many juvenile court systems have detention facilities specifically for juveniles and special probation officers.
Although the court process and punishments can be different for juveniles, there are some things that are not different at all. The constitutional protections for children are the same as for adults. And it is still important for juveniles to seek the advice of an attorney before giving any information to the police after they are arrested. In some cases, depending on the crime, juveniles can be tried as adults.
Convicted as an Adult
A juvenile can be charged with felony and misdemeanor crimes. If the child is fourteen or older they can be certified as an adult.
The judge will base his or her decision on whether they think the juvenile is competent to face the adult consequences of the crime they committed.
If convicted of a crime as a juvenile, records are not also easily expunged. It could be used against them later in life and cause further problems.
Virginia Juvenile Representation Lawyer
Mark T Schnider will treat you and your child with respect and compassion. He will work diligently and passionately to try to reduce the effects of this charge on your child’s future.
If your child has been charged with a crime, contact a Fairfax or Great Falls juvenile court lawyer today to fight the charges. Mark T Schnider will use his experience to work passionately to get the charges dismissed or reduced and to seek alternative sentencing options.