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.