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Category Archives: juvenile law

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How Does Virginia Address Juvenile Criminal Offenses?

By Simms Showers LLP |

The Commonwealth of Virginia operates a special system for juvenile offenses. If the criminal offenders are under 18 years old, then they may qualify for the juvenile justice system in Virginia. Recognizing the young age of juvenile offenders, this system has separate procedures, facilities, and programs than the adult criminal justice system. The juvenile… Read More »

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Rights of Minors Under Virginia Law

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Just because someone is under 18 does not mean that they do not have any rights. In many cases a juvenile and an adult will have the same rights, but not always. In Virginia, juveniles – meaning people under the age of 18 – are often diverted to juvenile court which operates differently than… Read More »

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Alcohol and Minors in Virginia

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The drinking age in the United States is 21. There are many different kinds of crimes in the Virginia criminal code that relate to alcohol and minors, defined here as anyone under the age of 21. If you or your child is charged with an alcohol related offense, you should contact a skilled juvenile… Read More »

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The Juvenile Justice Process in Virginia

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Depending on the age of the person and the crime and circumstances, some offenses are referred to the juvenile justice system for prosecution. For this purpose, “juveniles” include anyone under the age of 18 at the time of the offense. Some juveniles are transferred to the adult criminal justice system if they are charged… Read More »

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Navigating the Various Virginia Courts

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Going to court can be an intimidating thing. Those unfamiliar with the system may not know where to go, who to talk to, or how to resolve their case. It is important to know the different courts in Virginia and the types of cases they hear. A Virginia courthouse is typically split up between… Read More »

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