When the justice system handles charges against a juvenile (anyone under 18 years of age who is not being tried as an adult), the process is significantly different. It’s different from what is portrayed in movies and television, and it’s also different enough that an experienced juvenile criminal defense attorney is your best option for getting the best possible results.
In juvenile cases, a detention hearing is just what it sounds like — a juvenile judge or intake officer — issues an order detaining the juvenile pending a hearing. When this happens, the juvenile is most often sent to a juvenile detention center until their hearing. — In my experience, this is almost never the best option for your child.
The court can detain a juvenile when they find probable cause that the juvenile is accused of committing a serious crime, will continue to reoffend, a risk of harm to himself or others, and will not follow the rules of the court and/or his parents pending trial. If the juvenile is sent to a detention center, the juvenile will be held in secure custody until the final court hearing, which could be weeks or months down the road.
This is significantly different than a bond hearing that an adult undergoes. There are specific factors the juvenile judges and probation officers consider before releasing the juvenile from a detention center pending trial. You need an experienced juvenile criminal defense attorney who practices regularly before the juvenile court that can present those relevant factors to the court. We will work closely with you to develop a game plan for the detention hearing and present those specific factors to the court that will convince the judge to release your child.
If your son or daughter or a juvenile you care about is suspected of a crime, it’s important to get an experienced juvenile lawyer involved right away. Juvenile criminal defense is a unique area of the law in Virginia and the best representation comes from an attorney with significant experience handling such cases. Contact Juvenile Criminal Defense attorney Jerrell Johnson at JRLaw, today, (757) 447-0080.
Since becoming an attorney, Jerrell has focused a significant part of his practice on representing juveniles and their families in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk and other Hampton Roads cities. Because of his experience with juvenile criminal defense, he routinely represents high profile student athletes, children of attorneys and police officers, because they know it requires specialized knowledge to get the best possible results. Learn more…