Many parents assume that their child’s juvenile criminal convictions won’t have a serious impact or lasting consequences once the child turns 18 years of age. However, in Virginia, that is not how it works.
In short, a felony-level juvenile conviction will show up on a person’s record for life. Furthermore, misdemeanor convictions will remain on record until the individual turns 19 or five years after the offense was committed. Even traffic violations can show up for years after a juvenile becomes a legal adult.
Juvenile offenses are serious and require serious representation
Just like the potential consequences for adult criminal convictions, juvenile convictions may be met with varying degrees of punishment. At The Law Office of Robert D. Anderson, PLLC, we can help families make sense of the possible consequences, take action to defend their child’s rights and pursue the best possible outcome to protect the child’s record and future opportunities.
One of the most important aspects of juvenile crimes is the potential impact a conviction can have on a young person’s future. As mentioned, a conviction just doesn’t go away once a juvenile becomes an adult. A conviction could mean lost opportunities such as going to college, qualifying for scholarships and getting a good job.
It’s for these and other reasons that it’s important to work with a defense lawyer who knows how to navigate the juvenile courts, pursue opportunities for reductions or dismissals and ultimately protect your child’s immediate and long-term opportunities.
Whether your son or daughter has been charged with possession of drugs like marijuana, underage drinking or DUI, theft, arson, trespassing or assault and battery, our team at The Law Office of Robert D. Anderson, PLLC, can step in and help pursue a positive outcome. We look at all possible opportunities, including alternative sentencing, treatment and community service to keep your child’s record clean.
Protecting your children with strong, experienced representation
Kids make mistakes, but they shouldn’t have to pay the consequences for the rest of their lives. When your son or daughter faces juvenile criminal charges, it’s important to take action and obtain legal representation.