Has your child been charged with a criminal offense or criminal traffic violation (such as reckless driving or drunk driving) in Fairfax County or northern Virginia?
While the crimes and consequences can be similar to adult cases, the procedural rules and law are different for juveniles than for adults. Therefore, it is critical you and your family find an attorney with an in-depth understanding of the juvenile criminal process and procedure.
At Manikas Law LLC, attorney Kyle Manikas is a former prosecutor with extensive experience working with juvenile offenders. He helps parents and their children fully understand the charges pending against them and explore the best legal options and defenses.
Types of Juvenile Crimes Cases Our Experienced Defense Attorney Handles
We all make mistakes and bad choices in our youth. Unfortunately for some, those mistakes can lead to criminal charges. The most common criminal offenses associated with juveniles are:
- Reckless driving
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI)
- Gang-related activities and violence
- Shoplifting, larceny, or concealment
- Assault and battery
- Date rape
- Breaking and entering
- Burglary or robbery
- Underage drinking or minor in possession of alcohol
- Drug distribution or possession
Manikas Law LLC represents young clients facing these charges and more throughout northern Virginia. If you need to speak with a juvenile defense lawyer, contact our law office in Fairfax or take a moment to fill out contact form on this page. You can get in touch with a member of our team and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about how we may be able to help.
Consequences for Juvenile Convictions in Virginia
Depending on the nature of the crime, being convicted of a misdemeanor or felony can lead to serious and very adult consequences even for minors. In some cases, a juvenile can be certified as an adult for legal purposes. In those situations, the juvenile would be subject to the same harsh penalties as an adult. Possible legal consequences can include:
- Incarceration in a juvenile detention facility
- Commitment to the Department of Juvenile Justice until age 21
- Jail (if tried as an adult)
Fortunately for young people facing criminal charges, the juvenile justice system is less punitive than the adult system. Law enforcement is focused on rehabilitation when it comes to minor offenders, in the hope that young offenders can learn from their mistakes and move forward to a successful and productive adult life.
At Manikas Law LLC, that is also our goal, and we put our experience and knowledge to work to help minimize the negative consequences so your child can live up to his or her full potential.
Virginia Juveniles Have Rights That Can Be Protected
When a child is sent through the juvenile court system, he or she has rights that are protected by law. It is important to note, however, that juveniles in some situations do not have all the same rights as adults. Some differences between the legal rights of children and adults include:
- Privacy. Juveniles are typically afforded protection against the release of court records to the public.
- Judge trial. Minors do not have the right to trial by jury; a judge will rule on the case if it proceeds to trial.
- Bail. Juveniles do not have a right to bail, though they are often released to their parents or guardians to await trial.
- Records protection. In many cases, the criminal records of a juvenile can be sealed so that a youthful transgression does not negatively impact them for the rest of their lives.
Additionally, juveniles convicted of a crime are typically dealt with in the juvenile justice system. The exception to that rule applies to minors who the court determines should be tried as adults. Our experienced lawyers work hard to avoid that consequences and to keep young people charged with a crime in the juvenile justice system. Our firm understands the unique law and issues that are at play in juvenile prosecutions. Let us put our knowledge and experience to work for you
Contact Our Northern Virginia Juvenile Criminal and Traffic Defense Attorney
If your child has been involved in a criminal act, the experienced juvenile criminal defense attorney at Manikas Law LLC can help. Drawing on his experience in the prosecutor’s office and intimate knowledge of juvenile law, attorney Kyle Manikas knows how to obtain the best possible legal result for your family.
If your child is facing a criminal or a serious traffic matter in in Fairfax County, Prince William County, Arlington County, Loudoun County, Alexandria, or elsewhere in northern Virginia, and you need to speak with an attorney, contact Manikas Law LLC by telephone or send us a confidential e-mail.