Texting is part of life for most teens, and the vast majority of the time text messages are a convenient form of communication for all ages. However, there are times when texting is not a good idea for juveniles, and there can be serious consequences
Too often minors, and even parents, don’t realize that texts and photos can cause trouble with the law, often in unexpected ways. Even worse, some violations can be treated as felonies that can have long-lasting impacts on a child’s future
Some of the more common text-related criminal charges in Virginia include:
Other texting-related criminal charges against juveniles in Virginia arise from motor vehicle laws, including texting while driving, which is a primary offense and carries of fine of $125 for the first offense and $250 for subsequent offenses (Code of Virginia: 46.2-1078.1).
We live in an age where social media has become a large part of how teenagers and even adults communicate with each other. Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook are just a few outlets where individuals may slip and say the wrong thing or send the wrong picture - and end up being charged with a crime. For minors in particular, cyberbullying, sexting nude pictures, harassment, intimidation, or use of threatening language can lead to trouble with the law. These crimes are taken seriously by law enforcement officials and can result in criminal penalties.
If your child or a minor has been involved with texting activity that is a concern, don’t wait until the police are involved. Contact lawyer experienced with juvenile criminal defense, like Jerrell R. Johnson of JRLaw, and get legal advice immediately. Texting-related crimes have serious consequences, but most teens and many parents don’t realize what is considered a crime, and how quickly things can go wrong.
If you are not sure if your child needs an attorney, call us today at (757) 447-0080 for a free, no-obligation conversation. Texting crimes don’t go away, and the evidence can easily be used against you, so it’s important to get answers now. We can defend you in Hampton Roads or a surrounding area.