Our Vision: A Second Chance for Juveniles Accused of Crimes
Kids make mistakes. It is a normal and even necessary part of growing up. Anyone with experience raising children knows and understands that. Unfortunately, the juvenile criminal justice system all too often forgets it, and the consequences for juveniles facing criminal charges in Northern Virginia can be disastrous.
At The Sprano Law Firm in Fairfax, Virginia, we have more than two decades of combined experience as juvenile criminal defense lawyers. A significant portion of our careers has been devoted to representing minors or juveniles charged with crimes. Attorney Alene Sprano once served as the supervising lawyer for the juvenile criminal defense section of the Fairfax Public Defender's Office. Attorney Mike Sprano started his career as a public defender gaining experience defending hundreds of minors charged with all types of criminal offenses in Fairfax J&DR Court, from misdemeanors to serious felony charges. This extensive background of experience in the specialized field of juvenile criminal law makes us uniquely qualified to assist you and your child no matter what the charge or circumstances.
Serious Cases. Different Cases.
The consequences of a juvenile criminal conviction are not what they once were, which makes the need for a highly qualified juvenile defense attorney even greater. In juvenile and domestic relations court, the days of "kids will be kids" have been replaced with a draconian "you do the crime, you do the time," attitude. Even misdemeanor charges for minors can result in lengthy periods of probation, loss of control from the parent to the government, and sometimes even a stay in the juvenile detention center. Felony convictions for juveniles have even more serious consequences. If your child is over the age of 14, a felony charge and conviction for a crime committed as a juvenile will result in a public record for life, with many of the same consequences of an adult felony conviction. Even though still a minor, his or her fingerprints and DNA will be on file with law enforcement. The charges will continue to show up on criminal background checks and other public records searches. For certain crimes, juveniles even face the possibility of being transferred to criminal court (or "certified") and treated as an adult. Click here for more information on the consequences of juvenile convictions.
If you are a parent looking for an attorney you can trust to represent your child, you have come to the right place. As parents ourselves, we understand that nothing is as precious to you as your children and their future. We understand how frightening it can be when that very future seems in jeopardy. We will do everything in our power to defend them and help your family through this difficult time.
Defense Against Misdemeanor and Felony Charges
Our experienced juvenile criminal defense lawyers represent minors charged with any type of crime, including state criminal charges and federal criminal charges, in all of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts in Northern Virginia.
Our juvenile defense attorneys defend minors charged with drug crimes in Northern Virginia, including:
- Drug possession and distribution
- Drug manufacturing
- Conspiracy to distribute
- Distribution on School Property
- Possession of Marijuana
Our juvenile defense lawyers defend minors accused of theft and fraud crimes in Northern Virginia, including:
- Grand Larceny and Petit Larceny
- Auto theft and vehicle tampering
- Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle ("Joy Riding")
- Burglary, Breaking and Entering
Our juvenile defense attorneys defend minors charged with violent crimes in Northern Virginia, including:
- Malicious Wounding
- Assault and battery
- Assault by Mob
- Gang charges
- Use of a Firearm
- Possession of a Firearm or on School Property
- Domestic assault
- Bomb threats at school
- Weapons at school
- Assault on a Teacher
- Assault on a Police Officer
Our juvenile defense lawyers represent minors accused of sex crimes in Northern Virginia, including:
- Rape Forcible Sodomy
- Sexual Battery
- Indecent Liberties
- Internet solicitation and other Internet sex crimes
- Indecent exposure
- Child-on-child sex crimes
- Possession of Child Pornography
Our juvenile defense attorneys defend minors accused of DUI and traffic charges in Northern Virginia, including:
- Driving under the influence and driving while intoxicated
- Driving under age 21 with alcohol ("Baby" DUI)
- Reckless driving
- Hit and run
- Driving on Suspended License
Our juvenile defense lawyers defend minors accused of all other misdemeanors and criminal charges in Northern Virginia, including:
- Disorderly conduct
- Drunk in public
- Underage possession of alcohol
- Phone threats
- Disruption of School
- Underage Possession of Tobacco
Representation in all Related Matters
Our experienced juvenile criminal defense lawyers can also provide representation for minors in all related matters in Northern Virginia Juvenile Courts, including parole and probation violations, as well as detention hearings (juvenile bond motions).
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
To discuss your criminal defense case with one of our dedicated attorneys, call us at 703-763-0979 or send us an e-mail.
Our office is located near the Fairfax County courthouse. We are open for appointments Monday through Friday, and lawyers are available by phone and e-mail seven days a week.
Spanish language service is available.