Roanoke, Virginia Juvenile Defense Lawyer

teenage girl under arrestNothing is more important to a parent than the well being of their child or children. We all want our kids to succeed and to get through life without difficulty. Unfortunately, there are times when kids make mistakes. Such mistakes can include a run-in with law enforcement and a youth being arrested. When this circumstance arises, then it is crucial that you retain a criminal law attorney experienced in handling such matters. Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke juvenile defense lawyer who has been practicing law since 2008. She prides herself on providing quality service and will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. We also handle matters in Salem and throughout southwest Virginia.

Roanoke attorney handling cases involving the defense of minors

Virginia juveniles who commit a crime face a different legal system. Unlike matters which take place in the adult system, charges involving a minor are considered “civil” and not “criminal” in nature when approaching how to rehabilitate the person charged. The charge still is very much a criminal charge with criminal implications, but the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts take a much more rehabilitative role when handling these matters. Minors are considered to be in a system which is meant to help them get back on the right path. This difference of approach, however, will seem superficial to most parents as their child(ren) still are facing criminal charges. A youth can still face potential incarceration /boys and girls homes, still be subjected to legal proceedings, and will still have many of the same rights of self-defense which are afforded to adults. Common offenses faced by minors include drug charges, DUI cases, and crimes of violence.

Juvenile cases begin with an arraignment and a detention hearing at which the child will admit or deny the allegations. If the allegations are denied, then a hearing date will be set. Often when charged with felonies, the court will make a determination on whether the youth will be detained at a detention center until the hearing or for a certain period at the initial hearing. When warrants are issued, the youth can be picked up from school or home and taken to the detention center until the court has a hearing on detention and arraignment. The trial is by judge-only there will be no jury; the judge presides over the case and decides whether or not the accused youth committed the offense. The child is afforded the same Constitutional protections which adults receive. These protections include the Fourth Amendment right against an unreasonable search and seizure, the Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, etc. If law enforcement violated these rights then, depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to have the charges dismissed. If a dismissal is not obtained, and a resolution cannot otherwise be reached, then the matter will proceed to a hearing. If the Judge finds that the offense occurred then the accused will be adjudicated “delinquent” and either incarcerated or placed under supervision. The juvenile justice system has many unique intricacies and it is important to retain a lawyer familiar with handling such matters.

Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke attorney handling cases in which a minor has been arrested. Cerid will use an initial consultation to help your family understand what to expect from the process. She will immediately acquire all available evidence from the prosecution and will also launch a full investigation into the matter. If she believes that the child’s rights were violated then all appropriate Motions will be filed with the Court. She will adamantly argue for dismissal and, if one cannot be obtained, it will be her goal to reach the best possible agreement with the state. If a favorable resolution cannot be obtained, then Cerid will not hesitate to take your matter to a hearing. We understand that this is a stressful time in your life and our firm is ready to assist you.

Juvenile defense attorney staying in regular communication with Roanoke and Salem families

A family has enough on their plate when a juvenile is facing charges. It is important that their defense attorney stay in regular contact with them throughout the process. Cerid provides a high level of lawyer-client communication. She will make herself available to address your concerns and will also promptly respond to any messages. Our firm is built on the idea that everyone is entitled to quality representation and this is our belief in each and every case we handle.

In addition to Roanoke, we also serve the southwest Virginia cities of Cave Spring, Salem, the Botetourt County city of Hollins, the Bedford County cities of Bedford and Forest, the Franklin County city of Rocky Mount, and the Montgomery County cities of Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford.