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Sending Students to Police & Courts and Triple the National Rate


The Center for Public Integrity Study

A study by the Center for Public Integrity found that Virginia schools send students to the police and court system at almost triple the national rate. The report and subsequent news articles suggest that children are being pushed into the criminal justice system for actions that historically have been handled by the schools internally.

The report leads with a case where an autistic sixth-grader was charged with felony assault on a police officer after he pushed away an officer who grabbed him. The study (you can read it, here) can be alarming to parents, because they can see how seemingly minor incidents can spiral out of control, resulting in criminal charges.

The Importance of a Virginia Beach Juvenile Defense Attorney

It’s important for parents to have a strong, legal advocate on their side. As an experienced Juvenile criminal defense attorney, Jerrell Johnson of JR Law knows the school system and the juvenile courts. Incidents at school can quickly become very serious, with significant consequences, and as the study suggests, it’s not uncommon for seemingly routine school discipline situations to be referred to the police and court system.

Additional Information Regarding Juvenile Offenses

If you are looking for answers regarding a juvenile offense, contact JRLaw, PLC today for a free case evaluation.

If your child has been involved in an incident at school that involved the school resource officer, or an arrest, it’s important to get involved early. If you’re not sure where to start or what to do, contact JRLaw, PLC at 757-455-9277. The call is free and you can have some peace of mind that you took action to get an experienced advocate on your side.

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