This is the first post in a series which will deal with the handling of Roanoke, Virginia criminal cases which involve juveniles. I am writing on this topic due to the fact that for obvious reasons, many parents do not know how to proceed after their son or daughter has been arrested. It is important, however, that a parent take immediate steps to protect their child’s interests. The goal of my upcoming articles is to provide information which will assist people with better understanding their situation. It is also my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a criminal defense attorney. If your son or daughter has been arrested, then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I will address several topics over the course of this series. Issues I will analyze include:
- The differences between adult and juvenile cases
- A juvenile’s right against unreasonable search and seizure
- The handling of drug charges involving a youth
- Dealing with prosecutors in juvenile court
- What to expect while a youth is on probation
There are several reasons why I have chosen to address these topics. First, the adult system is considered “punitive” in nature while the juvenile system is considered “rehabilitative”. Most parents, however, will see this as a distinction without a difference as their son or daughter still faces incarceration and a criminal record. Second, as with adults, children have the right to be free of unreasonable searches by law enforcement. Sadly, many officers are not as respectful of rights protected by the Constitution when it comes to a child. Third, drug crimes are some of the most common charges brought against a youth. Fourth, dealing with prosecutors in juvenile court can be different due to the varying goals of the system. Finally, knowing what to expect during a probation period can help to ensure that your child succeeds.
One point I cannot stress enough, a parents should contact a Roanoke juvenile defense lawyer immediately, if their son or daughter has been arrested. The sooner you contact counsel then the sooner it is that your representative can launch a full investigation into the matter. This, in turn, can help increase the chances that your child stays out of “the system”. I am able to assist with such matters and my office prides itself on providing quality service. Contact us today. We also serve the southwest Virginia cities of Cave Spring, Salem, the Botetourt County, Roanoke 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.