Virginia Juvenile Law Questions & Answers

Q: What's the best course of action for a reckless driving charge in VA?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Answered on Mar 3, 2019
Daniel P Leavitt's answer
Every court is different on how they treat 92 in a 70. Some courts give jail time, others convict and suspend the license but don't give jail, and many others will reduce with community service/driving school. Talk to an experienced traffic lawyer in the location where the offense was. Once you hit 90 mph cases get exponentially more serious but what they do is up to the court. There may be a legal defense as well. Good luck.

Q: What are the concequences when a 15yr3mth old get caught and ticketed for driving without a license in VA?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Answered on Jan 23, 2019
Daniel P Leavitt's answer
His case will be in the juvenile and domestic relations court in the jurisdiction where he committed the offenses. The main one to be concerned with is the driving without a license because that's a misdemeanor. Many judges would continue the case to let him get his permit and consider dismissing with community service, etc. Whoever owns the vehicle should try to comply the loud exhaust and broken tail light to the extent they can. But continuing the case, if possible, for community service and...

Q: im 17 & slapped a pregnant women , i now have a court date what might happen?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Answered on Dec 12, 2018
Bryan J. Jones' answer
You will probably be put on probation and have to complete counselling and stay out of trouble.

Q: I'm 13 and want to live with my dad who lives down the street but my mom with full custody wont allow it....help?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Answered on May 20, 2018
Wayne E. Holcomb's answer
Hello. We would need to talk to your father I suppose. This is probably your only option right now. Hang in there.

Q: i was pulled over and found to have schedule IV substance and now i have a court date. i know that it is usually a

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Answered on May 10, 2018
G. Rex Flynn Jr.'s answer
You should contact an attorney as soon as possible. An attorney would be able to assist you by getting all of the facts of your specific case and determining what bases there are to challenging the stop and search as well as any other possible defenses. After reviewing all of that information as well as the police report, the attorney would be able to advise as to the strength of these defenses as well as all of the potential outcomes, and to assist with mitigation. The legitimacy of the stop...

Q: Can my daughter move out at 18 even if she's still in high school?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Juvenile Law and Child Custody for Virginia on
Answered on Feb 27, 2018
Michael Christopher Miller's answer
She can move at age 18 because she is an adult.

It would also terminate the obligation of child support. Even though she is still in high school, she would not be residing with the parent who would be receiving child support.

Q: If someone has been charged with 15 felonies and 17 misdemeanors what's the likely punishment and can they get bond?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Answered on Feb 15, 2018
Bryan J. Jones' answer
Getting bond would be difficult, but it really depends on what the charges are.

Q: If someone got arrested with 15 felonies and the rest misdemeanors and it's their first offense.. can they get bond?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Answered on Feb 15, 2018
Susan Fremit's answer
15 felonies? Reason not to get bond is that he may not show up for court or he’s a threat to the community. Hire a local experienced criminal defense attorney to increase the chances of him getting bond.

Q: how do I give my fiance parental rights to my son?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Answered on Jan 20, 2018
Matthew Lane Kreitzer's answer
Adoption. The most preferred method would be an agreed step parent adoption. Biological father is entitled ot notice, and if biological father does not agree, you will need to have a child and prove that termination is in the child's best interest. These are hard cases, and mere abandonment rarely rises to a significant level if the biological father wants to resume a relationship.

Q: What to expect at a GAL hearing

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Answered on Jan 1, 2018
Matthew Lane Kreitzer's answer
It may or may not be a trial. There are any other number of things it could be including a "GAL review." Without reviewing your court documents, a lawyer cannot answer your question. My advice is to contact a lawyer immediately and schedule a review of your documentations to better understand your rights and what is likely to happen.

Q: My daughter got charged as a minor for driving without a permit but will be 18 by her court date.(please read details).

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Answered on Dec 15, 2017
Wilfred Yeargan's answer
Those are misdemeanor criminal charges. On a first offense in juvenile traffic court, I usually request that the judge defer the case for six months for dismissal with completion of a driver improvement course and good behavior. Contact an experienced juvenile traffic lawyer for advice. My office offer free consultations at 703-352-9044.

Q: I am a 20 year old Lesbian dating a 17 year old

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Virginia on
Answered on Dec 9, 2017
Bryan J. Jones' answer
You could be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. That's a class 1 misdemeanor. That's probably the most that would happen in this case, based on what you've said in the question.

Q: If I am 17 and I want to get pregnant (18 before having the child) and he's 23, could my legal guardian press charges?

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Virginia on
Answered on Oct 27, 2017
Bryan J. Jones' answer
In Virginia, it's illegal for someone who's 18 to have sex with someone under 18. If the police found out, the 23 year old could be charged with a crime.

Q: Last weekend I moved my stuff out of my dads house. He is trying to take legal action, what can he do? (virginia)

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Answered on Sep 27, 2017
Gary D. Godman's answer
He could request you return or compensate him for any items that he owned that were taken. If you're served with a lawsuit, talk to an attorney about what you did and didn't take, and whose stuff it was.

Q: My daughter and I are wanting to move out of state next summer. She is 16 yrs old. what do i have to do?

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Answered on Sep 27, 2017
Gary D. Godman's answer
Unless the court order says otherwise, every party in a custody case has to give at least 30 days' written notice to the court and the other parties of any intent to move. The other parent can then bring suit in court to challenge the move if they wish. Talk to a local family law attorney to review your current order and the history of the case to see if this is a good idea.

Q: Are my parents allowed to get someone to report my whereabouts and doings?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Answered on Sep 27, 2017
Gary D. Godman's answer
Unless this person is stalking you (in a legal sense - putting you in fear of death or injury), there's not much to be done. It's your parents' job to keep you out of trouble, and if this is how they choose to do it, there is likely nothing illegal about it.

Q: I am a non-parent whom was granted temporary custody of an infant do I have a fighting chance to gain permanent custody

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Virginia on
Answered on May 18, 2017
Gary D. Godman's answer
This is not a question that can be answered with a simple reply on the internet. There is a lot going on with this case, and you need to speak to a local family law attorney to plan your case accordingly. There are many instances where a relative or non-relative can obtain custody of a child, and an experienced family law attorney will be able to guide you appropriately.

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