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Juvenile Defense

Juvenile Crimes and Your Child’s Future

Library If your child is under 18 years old and charged with a crime, their case will usually be heard by a Virginia Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. While some serious offenses can involve spending time in a juvenile detention center, the vast majority of juvenile cases are about your child’s future, that is, what their record will look like when all is said and done. It is a common misconception that all juvenile records are sealed. In the case of felonies, for example, stealing something worth $1,000.00 or more, it can become part of their permanent criminal record. Moreover, many colleges and future employers will ask questions about past charges and convictions in their application process. As parents, nothing is more important to us than our children’s future. If your child is facing criminal charges in Virginia, it is wise to invest in a seasoned Virginia lawyer to advocate for your child and their rights.

The Good News

The good news is that Juvenile Courts are more oriented toward good outcomes and rehabilitation for your child in many cases, as opposed to court for adults which often simply seeks to punish. When handled properly, many cases result in probation, treatment, or loss of driver’s license but nothing on the child’s permanent record. Some cases result in dismissal. A dedicated Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer can help.

But Do I Really Need a Lawyer? Maybe Some Consequences Would Be Good for Them?

Weighing Machine Even if your young person has made some errors in judgment and is in need of assistance or just a dose of reality, it rarely makes sense to simply surrender to the process and let the government take the lead on that as opposed to you as the parent. Just as with adults, throughout the legal process, the government must prove each aspect of its case and defend against any violations of your child’s rights. And just as with adults, minors are often charged with things they are not guilty of. Having an attorney with the right experience to question the government’s case during the process will make it much harder for the government to win in court. It is worthwhile to have a seasoned lawyer go through the evidence with a fine-toothed comb. Sometimes, cases can be won at trial; other times, preparing a good defense results in reduced charges or lighter punishment because the government fears it may lose at trial or is able to see your child in a more positive light.

Our Experience

We have extensive experience handling every level of juvenile criminal cases in Northern Virginia including the jurisdictions of Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and Arlington Counties, as well as the City of Alexandria. Some of the more common juvenile offenses include:

  • Assault and Battery
  • Drug Possession or Possession With Intent to Distribute
  • DUI
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Larceny (Shoplifting, etc.)
  • Malicious Wounding
  • Robbery
Consult With a Virginia Criminal Defense Attorney Today

We can begin implementing a plan to protect your child’s future today and set you on the path to peace of mind. Our consultations are free.

Client Reviews
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"My interaction with Crowley Peritz Law was as frictionless as possible. Seth Peritz is a fast communicator and gets the job done right. If you are looking for the best defense possible, I would recommend giving them a call!” George Espinoza
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"After consulting several law firms I chose the one I felt most comfortable with and was very pleased with the results. Mr. Crowley was excellent in listening to my needs and achieving the results. I would certainly recommend him to anyone.” Josh Perkins
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"I was very pleased with my experience at this law firm and with hiring Matthew Crowley. I appreciated his professionalism and quickness in responses via email or text or phone call. He was extremely sympathetic, comforting, and reassuring throughout the whole process. He is definitely an experienced attorney and it showed. I'll note that I contacted his firm on the weekend and he was the first person to contact me back within the hour. I would recommend him a hundred times over.” Kimberly Kheang
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"Mr. Crowley is a very experienced attorney. He is also very thorough with his work and is excellent. I highly recommend his legal counsel.” Marwan
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"I don't even know where to start. Mr. Crowley is by far the most professional lawyer I've worked with. He kept in touch with me every step of the way and thanks to his due diligence and perseverance he was able to get all my charges dropped! I am beyond happy and satisfied with his services and I will recommend him to any and everyone in need of a lawyer. Thank you again Mr. Crowley!” Gobenade