Just Because You've Been Charged
Doesn't Mean You're Guilty

Juvenile Charges

Are you, or your child, facing juvenile charges for underage drinking, DUI, or a drug crime? Call me now! I will advise you on how to best fight your case. We will discuss the possibility of a plea bargain to minimize any impact that a juvenile record may have in the future. Do not let a mistake made as a youth affect the rest of your, or their, life!

Arrested for underage drinking?

I can help -- call (757) 300-5731

Defending Juvenile Charges

I defend all types of juvenile charges, including:

  • Juvenile drug possession

  • Underage drunk driving charges

  • Possession of a controlled substance

  • Underage drinking

  • Driving without a license

Many people think that juvenile charges don't matter. That they are going to be sealed from the public once the minor turns 18. That juvenile court conviction can magically disappear when the juvenile becomes an adult. However, that is not the case in the state of Virginia.

In our state, any juvenile charges that result in a felony conviction will remain on your criminal record for the rest of your life. A juvenile charge that results in a misdemeanor conviction will, one day, be dropped from your criminal record. However, it is not dropped until you turn 19 years old, or five years after the offense was committed. Whichever of the two is the later time period. Traffic offenses that are committed as a juvenile can remain on your DMV record until you are the age of 29.

There are several types of juvenile charges that can be brought against your child. A minor or young adult who has been charged for underage drinking, drug use, a DUI, or possession of a controlled substance is going to need the help of a juvenile offense attorney. One mistake can haunt them for life, or drastically affect their future. I am relentless when fighting for my clients’ legal rights. Call me right away for a free consultation. We will review the facts of your case to determine the best possible action for you.

In every case I take on, including those regarding juveniles, I give nothing up to the prosecution and fight any weak points in their case. I will require that they fully prove every single element of their case against you beyond a reasonable doubt. Often, this can be difficult for them to do when pressed in court. Don’t leave your child’s fate to chance. Hire a juvenile offense attorney who will fight for their freedoms.

I can help prevent a young person's mistake from staying with you for the rest of your life. I have handled many juvenile charges, in a wide range of cases and can help you or your child fight for the best possible outcome.

Facing juvenile charges?

Meet with me for help

Call (757) 300-5731

My name is Patrick Bales, and I have been practicing criminal defense for 14 years. I am here to protect your legal rights if you are facing juvenile charges in Virginia Beach, Newport News, Chesapeake, and surrounding communities.