Helping Your Child Deal With Juvenile Charges
Anytime your child is facing criminal charges, whether they are minor or severe, they can have serious consequences. A criminal record can lead to difficulty getting into college, difficulty getting a job, or a possible suspension or expulsion from school. Getting a compassionate lawyer for your child’s case can make the legal process go smoother.
At Dougherty Tobias Iszard, Northern Virginia Law, P.C., we know how important your child’s future is to you. Our attorneys are dedicated to providing strong representation and working to protect the rights and the future of your child.
What Could Happen If My Child Is Charged With A Crime?
Just because someone is young, does not always mean the justice system will go lightly on them. If a juvenile is older than 14, they may be charged as an adult for a felony. There are a few factors that go into this decision, including:
- The age of the offender
- The seriousness of the crime
- Number of prior cases
- School record
- Gang affiliation
- Mental, emotional and physical maturation
The decision to try a minor as an adult is up to the courts. We understand you want to do everything you can to protect your child. We will work with you and take the time to fully understand the case and try to keep it in family court. If we are unable to keep it in family court, our attorneys have the experience necessary to provide strong criminal defense.
How An Attorney Can Help
When your child is charged with a crime, there are other options available instead of them being sent to a juvenile detention facility. We will help to fight for a referral to a crisis shelter, counseling, education classes or other prevention precautions. Our goal is to not let these charges ruin your child’s future. Our team of lawyers is compassionate and dedicated. We want to do everything we can to help you and your child.
We can also help with expungement and sealing of juvenile records, to ensure a mistake made as a child does not ruin your child’s future.