Juveniles can only be placed in detention for very specific reasons as stated in the Code of Virginia. Anyone, adult or child, who is at risk of being incarcerated, has certain rights and is allowed legal representation to ensure the initial and continued incarceration is legal and an appropriate result of criminal behavior.
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A juvenile must first be alleged to have committed a crime and arrested:
Call the police at 804-748-1251. It is always better to have the professionals investigate alleged crimes. The police know what to do and how to navigate the criminal justice process.
You cannot. The Code of Virginia does not allow for the dissemination of information regarding a juvenile's criminal record, court involvement or probation status except in certain specific situations.
If your child was represented in court by a lawyer, contact that lawyer to get answers to your questions. In general, "evidence sufficient" means there was not a finding of guilt made by the judge but there is enough evidence to find your child guilty. This is often done in an effort to have your child demonstrate good behavior and earn a dismissal of the charge.
The judge will tell you and your child in court. Right after the hearing, you and your child would have signed temporary probation rules. In a few days the assigned probation officer would have called you to set up an appointment to establish the permanent rules and the supervision plan.
Please note: Not everyone who goes to court is on supervised probation.
No. As long as your child is home, call the assigned probation officer and leave him or her a message. The probation officer will call you back to learn the details of the violation. If your child does not come home at all or his or her whereabouts are unknown, call the assigned probation officer and provide the details.