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  • False Reports in Virginia CPS Cases

    When it comes to raising children, there is some truth to the old saying, “it takes a village.” However, some people get too invested in their neighbor’s business; when suspicions mount to a boiling point, some people turn to Child Protective Services (CPS) with little evidence to back up their claims. Who Can Make Reports? False reports happen all the time; in fact, a majority of reports are ...
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  • What You Need To Know About Child Protective Services (CPS) Investigations

    CPS Investigations can be intrusive, intimidating and have long-lasting effects on a family. The law allows CPS to come in your home and threaten to take your children based on a complaint of abuse. You may also face criminal charges. You have rights, protect yourself! If contacted by CPS or the police alleging abuse call 757-379-8510 to reach an experienced CPS defense attorney now. Common ...
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  • Common Reasons for Child Protective Services Investigations

    Child protective services receive an estimated 3.3 million referrals annually involving the alleged maltreatment of children; three-fifths of these reports are made by teachers, law enforcement, legal personnel, and social services staff. With all of these referrals, the question stands, what constitutes a visit from child protective services? Neglect Neglect is by far the most reported form of ...
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  • Does a Misdemeanor or Felony Impact a Virginia Deferred Finding?

    In Virginia, those charged with a crime may be eligible for a deferred finding. The deferred finding process allows someone charged with a crime to plead guilty to that crime in exchange for an opportunity to complete judge-appointed tasks to have their charge dropped. Although there are a variety of charges that qualify for a deferred finding, the classification of the crime will impact a judge’s ...
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  • What Is a Deferred Finding?

    The adage, “you do the crime, you do the time,” is not always necessarily true. In fact, despite the evidence being sufficient to convict you for the crime, your charge can be dismissed with a deferred finding! Read on to learn more about the intricacies of this state law. Explanation of a Deferred Finding In a typical court case, the defense will do everything in its power to cast doubt on the ...
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  • Can Juveniles Waive Rights?

    An article in the Los Angeles Times highlights an increasing national debate about whether juveniles are fit to waive their rights when questioned by police. The article makes a number of points, including whether juveniles can make decisions while fully understanding the long-term consequences. A study by a UVA Ph.D. student found that “More than 90 percent of juvenile suspects waive their ...
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  • The Criminalization of School Discipline

    Over the past several years there has been an increasing trend toward the criminalization of school discipline. That’s a fancy way of saying that getting in trouble in school often results in criminal charges, instead of just being handled by the school. This happens in part due to having police officers in school, but it’s also due to the seriousness with which schools, school administrators and ...
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  • Juvenile Crime News: "Game" Leads to Arrest

    This week a 17-year-old was arrested in California after threatening letters and a suspicious object were found on an elementary school campus. The letters invited school officials to “play a game,” similar to horror movie plots. Officials say the object contained sodium ferrocyanide, a substance found in commercial products such as table salt and used in film processing. The investigation led to ...
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  • Juvenile Crime News: Curfews Ineffective

    A recent article out of Albuquerque, NM highlights a growing trend — that violent juvenile crime isn’t impacted by curfews. According to the report, citing FBI stats, juvenile crime nationwide sees spikes in the morning, then increases significantly in the afternoons when school lets out. Crime goes down throughout the evening hours when curfews are typically enacted in an attempt to reduce crime. ...
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  • Charged With Abduction in Virginia? Know the Facts

    It is easy to hear the word “abduction” and picture a Hollywood scene of a person blindfolded and tied to a chair with lots of drama, but this word actually has a broader legal definition. If you are facing criminal charges of abduction in Virginia and are confused about what this means, you are not alone. This complex offense includes holding, moving, or keeping an individual against their will, ...
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  • Juvenile Crime News: Police Concerned with Realistic Pellet Guns

    An article from a newspaper in Minnesota recently highlights the dangers of realistic pellet and bb guns for teens and others. The article reports on several recent incidents where teens were shooting pellet guns at a variety of objects, including cars, lights and geese. The article makes a very good point about realistic-looking pellet guns and how situations can quickly escalate to a deadly ...
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  • End of School: A Dangerous Time for Students

    The end of school and start of summer is one of the most dangerous times for high school students. Their minds are already on summer and college, their first jobs or upcoming military service. The atmosphere is contagious and horseplay and joking runs rampant — that’s dangerous because things can quickly get out of hand and escalate. What many teens forget is there are consequences for actions. ...
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  • Real or Fake? Virginia Beach Seminar Will Focus on Airsoft and Toy Guns

    On June 10 the Virginia Beach Police Department is hosting a seminar to educate people about the dangers of children playing with Airsoft pellet guns. The department’s goal is to address parents and caregivers about ways to keep children safe, since the air-powered guns look so realistic. Many adults, including officers, have difficulty identifying the guns as toys and the department will provide ...
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  • Are Juvenile Arrests on the Decline in TN?

    New Approach to Juvenile Offenders We recently came across an article from Chattanooga, TN, which stated that juvenile arrest have dropped 60% in the past five years. According to the article, the decline is the result of a shift in juvenile justice away from punitive, arrest-focused work and toward ways of dealing with juvenile offenders “that don’t automatically end with minors in handcuffs. The ...
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  • Juvenile Defense News: Student Charged with Taking Sword to School

    A local high school student was recently charged with taking a samurai sword to school on the bus. A situation that is all too familiar in the juvenile justice system. Teenagers often make decisions that aren’t well thought out, and when young egos get involved with pride of ownership, what started as a simple “show-and-tell” idea for friends, becomes a legal nightmare. While we’re not sure of the ...
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