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Juvenile Crimes Archives

Long-term consequences can plague juveniles convicted of crimes

A lot of the information we get about crime and the criminal justice system comes from television shows. Teenagers may get a sense of what may happen if they are faced with criminal charges and may feel they understand how the criminal system works.

7 reckless driving charges your teen driver should know about

For many teens, passing their driver's test and getting their driver's license is a rite of passage into adulthood. For teens, this is an exciting time because they are able to go where they want, when they want, with few limitations. For parents, this time may be filled with worry and concern, mostly for the safety of their children but also because teens aren't always aware of the severity of the law or the steep consequences they could face if they break it.

The hope for 2017? No mandatory minimum sentences

Regardless of where you stand on party lines, you've likely been paying attention to the top political issues recently and are starting to form your own opinion about which ones you'd like to see spearhead the new president's first term. For some, the economy is their focus. For others, family. For a lot of our readers, the top issue is likely the reform of mandatory minimum sentences.

SCOTUS: Ban on automatic life terms for juveniles applies retroactively

In 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States permanently altered the legal landscape with its decision in Alabama v. Miller. Here, in a 5-4 decision, the justices effectively barred the practice of judges handing down automatic life sentences with no possibility of parole for juvenile offenders charged with murder.

Young adults beware: Anything below a .08 is still a crime

Most teens see driving as a right of passage here in Virginia. But the state doesn't see driving as a right, it sees it as a privilege. Because it's considered a privilege, law enforcement can hinder a young person's ability to drive if they violate the law. Unfortunately, this is a hard lesson to learn, especially because most young people do not have enough life experience to help them avoid making these mistakes in the first place.

Minor in possession of alcohol? Not so minor for the 'cool' adult

Most high school graduates remember at least a few kids who seemed to be able to break the law without getting caught. When it came to alcohol, some of our peers always seemed to have access. Maybe they had parents who didn’t believe in age-based prohibitions against alcohol. Maybe they had an older sibling who was willing to act as a buyer once they reached 21.

Virginia Beach teens accused of making threats against schools

Young people are known for many things. While many of those things are positive, their impulsivity can at times get them in trouble. The failure to thoroughly think things through could lead them to find they are facing serious consequences. Sometimes those consequences might be criminal. Two teens were recently charged with felonies in connection with electronic threats they each made against schools

Will Virginia juvenile offender system change?

It is not just adults who face criminal charges in the state of Virginia, juveniles do too. Though these matters are often handled differently than when adults are charged, the consequences can nonetheless be serious and dramatically change the life of the young person as well as his or her family. There is currently a movement in the state to change the policies currently in place pertaining to juvenile offenders. 

Taskforce provides recommendations to ABC officers

In a post this past summer, we wrote about a University of Virginia student who, after being charged with public intoxication or swearing and obstruction of justice with force, had the charges dismissed. The 20-year-old was arrested by officers from the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control. The fact that the arrest was captured in photos and video likely contributed to the dismissal of the charges