Next is the adjudicatory hearing, where a case is presented similarly to an adult trial and a judge makes a decision on how to proceed. If the juvenile is found not guilty, the case is dismissed. However, if a juvenile is found guilty of an offense, a dispositional hearing will be held to determine the appropriate penalties, or sanctions, such as warnings, restitution, or fines. The juvenile may also be required to participate in court-sponsored programs, placed on probation, or placed in a juvenile detention center.
Appeals are permitted after a dispositional hearing, but if the juvenile completes his or her “sentence” as ordered, he or she may undergo psychological, social, medical, and educational tests before being released back into parental custody. If you have a son, daughter, or ward charged with a juvenile crime in Southwest Virginia, contact The Lawrence Law Firm, PLC, in Roanoke, VA, today for the best options when it comes to defense.