Juvenile Offenses

Everybody makes mistakes — especially young people. While many mistakes are small, some errors can leave a permanent mark on your child or your own criminal record. At Dunnigan & Messier, PC, we are dedicated to helping young adults and parents of minor children protect their rights and freedom when they have been accused of criminal activity.

Our criminal law firm was established in Newport News in 1993, conveniently positioned to serve clients throughout the Virginia Peninsula.

Our Hampton Crime Attorneys Help You Understand Your Child’s Juvenile Rights

Over the years, Newport News juvenile crimes attorneys Stephen A. Dunnigan and Marc P. Messier have thoroughly learned the nuances of juvenile and domestic relations districts courts in Virginia. With this knowledge, our lawyers can successfully guide you through the system and achieve the best results in your case when you or your child has been accused of juvenile misdemeanor or felony offenses involving:

  • Larceny
  • Theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Underage drinking/DUI or alcohol possession
  • Drug possession, dealing or use (marijuana, cocaine, prescription drugs, etc.)
  • Reckless driving
  • Assault charges
  • Vandalism
  • Trespassing
  • Destruction of school property and trespassing
  • Truancy
  • Delinquency
  • Homicide
  • Manslaughter

At Dunnigan & Messier, PC, our team works diligently to help our clients understand the charges against them and how they can best protect themselves from serious penalties.

It is very important to contact an attorney who has an in-depth understanding of the juvenile court system. In some cases, a minor can be charged as an adult and therefore face more severe punishment such as incarceration.

Let us help your child keep his or her record clean and avoid life-altering punishment by conducting a detailed investigation of the case. We are prepared to attend the detention review hearing or assist in setting up a bond and bail hearing. If a fair negotiated settlement cannot be reached, our aggressive attorneys will not hesitate to confidently represent your child in court.