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Juvenile Crimes Archives

Important points about sexting and related charges in Virginia

Virginia teens are constantly using their smartphones and other devices to communicate. While this can be used for positive means, there are also dangers. Some of these activities can result in being arrested and facing charges related to sexting. Sexting is when explicit images are taken and sent to another person. If juveniles take part in this, it can lead to child pornography charges. The number of teens who are taking part in this activity is rising, and it can have hefty consequences if there are criminal allegations.

Crimes and penalties for juvenile vandalism and property damage

During the summer in Virginia and throughout the year, it is not unusual for juveniles to get into various forms of mischief. In some instances, that can rise to the level of accusations of having committed criminal acts for which there are a variety of penalties. Allegations of destroying property can be lodged against juveniles. Understanding these crimes and what they entail is vital to formulating a strong defense.

What are the most common juvenile violent crimes?

While we all want the best for our children, the fact is that sometimes our children find themselves in less than ideal situations, and on occasion that can lead to a violent crime. At times, they may just be in the wrong place at the wrong time. They may be hanging out with friends who are likely to commit crimes. Or they may not have had the proper upbringing to understand the difference between right and wrong. Whatever the case may be, it still happens. Although violent crimes among juveniles is far less than adults, it is still prevalent.

What you need to know before entering the juvenile law system

Portsmouth residents may be interested to hear that prior to the age of six or seven, the courts believe that children are not mature enough to understand the difference between right and wrong; they call this "dolci incapax." They also believe that when they do things, even something illegal, it is not done with criminal intent, or "mens rea." As such, in a majority of cases children at that age or younger are protected against criminal charges or prosecution.

Juvenile crime can be met with life-changing consequences

When a Virginia Beach youth is accused of committing a crime they may find themselves in the juvenile justice system. While this post will generally discuss some of the characteristics of the juvenile justice system, readers with particular questions about this broad topic are asked to consult with criminal defense attorneys. This post does not provide legal advice and is offered as information only.

Fake teen doctor faces criminal charges in Virginia

Teenagers are notorious for making up stories and getting into trouble. However, juvenile crimes can be serious. One teenager's lies and deception caught up with him as he was indicted by a grand jury on charges in Virginia. The 19-year-old teen allegedly attempted to illegally purchase a vehicle by using fake documentation.

High-school student charged sharing explicit photos

Young people across the country are using cell phones and social media more than ever before. As a result, sexting scandals are on the rise amongst teenagers. A Virginia high school student has been charged with collecting and sharing nude images of multiple students last year. The student was a minor at the time of the arrest, but is now 18-years-old. He has been charged with two felony counts of distribution of child pornography.

Defending juveniles facing criminal charges

Very few things are as difficult as facing criminal charges as a minor. With the child's future hanging in the balance, the entire family may feel overwhelmed by the potential consequences. No matter what your child is dealing with, establishing a solid criminal defense may be all it takes to get the charges dropped.

Teen sexting may lead to changes in child pornography laws

Technology makes it easy for teenagers to share personal pictures and videos with their friends, family and even complete strangers. Unfortunately, many teens take advantage of this technology to share sexually explicit photos of themselves and others, otherwise known as "sexting." In fact, sexting has become so common amongst young people that authorities now have to update current child pornography laws in Virginia.