My son has just been found guilty of a crime in Northern Virginia, and I’m afraid he’ll be taken away from me. Is this likely to occur?

Depending on the crime of which your son is convicted, he may be put into detention or a shelter. Northern Virginia juvenile courts can put a juvenile into custody under any of the following circumstances:

  • A judge, a clerk at the judge’s direction, or an intake officer issues a detention order stating that the child must be taken into custody.
  • The child is deemed a CHINS (child in need of services), the child’s life or health is in danger, and removal from the family is necessary.
  • The child has committed a crime witnessed by a police officer or that would be considered a felony (a crime that is punishable by incarceration for more than 12 months) if it were committed by an adult.
  • The child is guilty of a misdemeanor involving shoplifting, assault and battery, or possession of a weapon on school property.
  • The child fled from legal custody or from a court-ordered residential home, facility, or placement by a child welfare agency.
  • The child is deemed in need of treatment in a mental health facility.

When your child has been charged with a juvenile criminal offense in Northern Virginia, you need an attorney who will do whatever it takes to keep your child where he or she belongs: with you. The Fairfax juvenile criminal defense lawyers at Taylor Law Company will fight to get charges dropped or reduced. Give us a call at 703-385-5529, and we’ll set you up with a FREE, immediate, no-obligation consultation.

Gretchen L. Taylor
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