Criminal Defense in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts

Virginia Criminal Defense Lawyers

Juvenile Offenses - Domestic Relations

Defense of a juvenile is by nature different from that of an adult. A young person's criminal case will normally be processed through juvenile and domestic relations courts. An experienced juvenile defense attorney will work closely with parents as well as with the young offender.

We Defend Alleged Offenders Who Are Underage

At the well-established law offices of Barnes & Diehl, P.C., our Virginia defense attorneys handle juvenile matters including the following:

  • Alcohol-related offenses, including underage drinking
  • Drug-related offenses
  • Driving-related offenses
  • Other criminal allegations, including theft and assault

We Represent Parents Accused of Child Abuse

In addition, we represent adults who have been charged with violence, abuse or harassment involving children or spouses (domestic violence). Sometimes protective orders are involved. A protective order may be used to remove a party from the home. Our lawyers work to preserve our clients' rights to remain in their own homes and to retain contact with their children. We defend against charges of violation of a protective order.

Criminal charges can be frightening. But a criminal conviction is scarier than an arrest. With a conviction comes a criminal record that can follow you or your teenager for years. A criminal record can have long-term damaging effects, including the following:

  • Loss of good reputation
  • Marriage troubles
  • High fees and penalties
  • Loss of freedom (incarceration)
  • Loss of the ability to legally bear arms (carry a gun)

Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation on Any Virginia Criminal Matter Involving a Young Person

An attorney from Barnes & Diehl, P.C., is a valuable source of counsel and advocacy for juveniles accused of criminal offenses and parents of juvenile defendants. Contact us at our Richmond/Chesterfield, Henrico or Hanover office today.