A criminal conviction as a juvenile can result in troubles that may last well into adulthood. Even a charge as seemingly minor as petty theft or shoplifting can result in a criminal record, which can make it difficult to qualify for student loans later in life and result in other long-lasting consequences. That is why it is important to get experienced legal representation if your son or daughter is facing criminal charges.
Tidewater and Hampton Roads lawyer Timothy J. Quick has been providing skilled legal defense to people throughout the Commonwealth for over 20 years. He understands how the juvenile justice system operates, and he will work hard to help limit any of the damage that comes along with criminal charges.
Juvenile Or Adult Court?
The juvenile justice system is designed differently than its adult counterpart. While punishment and incarceration are a component of the juvenile system, there is a much stronger emphasis placed on rehabilitation.
Although anyone under the age of 18 is considered to be a juvenile, children as young as 14 may find themselves being tried in adult court. Certain serious violent felony charges will result in automatic "certification" to adult court for juveniles 14 years of age or older. In addition, the prosecution may request "transfer" of any case from juvenile to adult court.
Numerous studies have shown that placing juveniles in an adult prison population can cause significant harm to the juvenile's development and may lead the juvenile into more criminal activity upon release. Whenever possible, our law firm will fight to keep cases within the juvenile justice system. If, despite our efforts, a case is removed to adult court, we will work hard to achieve the best possible results and mitigate the potential damages.
Talk To Us Today
If a young loved one is facing criminal charges, it is important to get experienced legal representation as soon as possible. Contact Timothy J. Quick in Tidewater or Hampton Roads at 757-453-7674 to schedule a free in-office consultation to discuss your case.