Virginia Juvenile Court Attorney
In Virginia, any person under 18 years of age is considered a juvenile. The juvenile and domestic relations district court hears matters such as criminal or traffic cases involving juveniles. It also handles other family matters including custody, support and visitation, family abuse cases, cases of child abuse or neglect by an adult, and criminal cases where the defendant and alleged victim are family or household members.
Often it is the court of choice.
Juveniles in delinquency cases, in need of services or supervision, abused and neglected juveniles and those who are the subject of a custody, visitation or support dispute have the right to be represented by a lawyer in juvenile court.
Adults also have this right when they appear before the court on criminal charges or are faced with the loss of their parental rights.
When a juvenile is abandoned, neglected, abused, the court appoints a guardian ad litem – a lawyer who protects the juvenile’s best interests. If the parents have given up their parental rights and the juvenile has been transferred to an agency, a guardian ad litem is also appointed.
Going to juvenile court may be preferable to circuit court because it may often be tactically and psychologically better, and less expensive.
Extensive juvenile court experience
Attorney Raymond B. Benzinger has over 25 years experience in juvenile courts and knows the fine details of how they work. He has frequently been named guardian ad litem and can also represent juveniles or family members in juvenile court. This is the venue for many family law issues, for example petitions for custody, child support, spousal maintenance, and protective orders.
Mr. Benzinger is an experienced juvenile law attorney as well as a family law and divorce lawyer. He can provide representation that can protect the child’s future and expedite family law matters that affect the child such as custody, child support, spousal maintenance.
Call the Law Office of Raymond B. Benzinger for Insight
Raymond B. Benzinger understands juvenile law and the guidelines for these programs by juvenile courts. He can explain the alternatives available in juvenile and family law cases and will work diligently to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients. Contact him today for an assessment of your case.