After an arrest or detention for a criminal offense as a juvenile, contact the experienced attorneys at Jessee, Read & Howard, P.C. Our attorneys have handled hundreds of cases in Juvenile Court and bring over 40 years of combined experience to the table to fight for the rights of juveniles and youthful offenders charged with crimes. Our lawyers are dedicated to getting the best possible alternative for our clients.
The Juvenile and Domestic Relations court has jurisdiction over cases where the alleged offender is a minor in:
- Delinquency offenses (criminal offenses)
- Juvenile Traffic offenses (including reckless driving)
- Child in Need of Services (CHINS)
- Child in Need of Supervision (CHINSup)
Minors are treated differently in the criminal justice system. They generally serve less severe sentences and have more opportunities to rehabilitate than the average adult.
Juveniles could receive a number of other penalties in lieu of, or in addition to any other criminal sentences imposed by the court. Penalties that do not include jail time may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Community Service
- House Arrest
- Placement in a detention facility
- Drug or alcohol treatment
- Driver’s license suspension
- Medical or psychological treatment
If a juvenile is certified to be tried as an adult, then he or she will face the same potential punishments as adults do in Circuit Court.
Southwest Virginia families have looked to Jessee, Read & Howard, P.C. to protect the rights of juveniles for over 40 years. Contact our offices today to schedule an appointment with an experienced juvenile lawyer by calling (276) 628-1089 or schedule an appointment below.