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Virginia teens facing charges after alleged Newport News burglary

When a teenager is charged and subsequently convicted of a juvenile crime, the consequences can be severe. Many claim that the point of such juvenile justice is to get the youth back on track and on their way to becoming a productive member of society.

Teen charged with murder after stabbing incident

Teenagers facing criminal charges may not have any clue as to what lies ahead. There are a number of steps involved in handling the case of a child or teen under the age of 18. One Virginia teen is about to get an in-depth look into the juvenile crime court process after an incident in Newport News. Police were called to a residential area after a 20-year-old woman was stabbed to death. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

We fight ardently for juveniles facing criminal allegations

Our blog post a few weeks ago touched on some of the differences between the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems. Though individuals facing allegations of wrongdoing potentially face serious penalties and long-term consequences regardless of the system in which they find themselves, each system does contain certain elements lacking in the other. Though the juvenile system may be a little more lenient and geared toward helping youth turn their lives around, if defendants do not adequately protect their rights, they could be hit with harsh penalties that drastically affect their lives.

The juvenile law system is very different from the adult system

Children who are charged with a crime are treated differently from adults in the judicial system. In juvenile courts, the main goal is to rehabilitate young people to ensure that they become productive adult members of society. Adult criminal courts are more focused on administering punishments and protecting society from dangerous individuals. In light of these goals, juveniles are offered certain protections that adults don't necessarily receive. One major advantage for juveniles who are charged with crimes is that records of their juvenile offenses are sealed. If certain criteria are met, juveniles may also have their records cleared altogether when they turn 18. This is very helpful for the child to be able to establish a normal life as an adult. Adults with criminal records may find it difficult to do certain things like get a job, buy or rent property and get custody of their children. At the same time, adults are protected by certain constitutional rights that children don't have. For example, minors do not have the right to a trial by a jury of their peers or a public trial. A judge will typically decide whether the child is guilty and what the consequences should be with the best interest of the child in mind. Juveniles also don't have a right to bail. However, they may have the right to pretrial release if their acts were not violent in nature. Court procedures differ between juvenile courts and adult criminal courts and those differences can have a huge impact on the outcome of a case. Young people who are facing criminal charges should know that generally, the juvenile court system is much more supportive than criminal courts for adults.

Norfolk teen charged after alleged sexual assault

When a young person is charged with a crime, it can dramatically alter the course of their life. Juvenile crime can result in serious penalties. If convicted of a more serious charge, such as sexual assault or homicide, a teenager may have to deal with the consequences of their conviction well into adulthood.

Juvenile crime in Virginia

When a young person is accused of breaking the law, that young person may be facing consequences that affect their whole future. When numerous juveniles in an area are accused of committing crimes, the community can be greatly affected.

Facts about alcohol and underage drinking in Portsmouth

In Portsmouth and throughout the state, there are concerns about teens and the dangers surrounding minor consumption of alcohol. Teens are often caught in instances of underage drinking. There can be numerous reason for this from peer pressure to simply wanting to partake in behaviors that are, legally, meant for adults. While many don't believe that this is a major legal violation, the penalties can be significant and cause teens problems long after the accusations and conviction.

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