Delinquency (Juvenile Criminal Cases)


Delinquency is defined as criminal complaints filed against a juvenile 17 and under.

Criminal offenses are identified as felonies or misdemeanors. The penalties for these offenses are generally more serious than for status offenses. Felonies may only be filed by law enforcement officers, with the exception of unauthorized use of a family vehicle, which can be filed by a parent. Criminal offenses may be committed against citizens, businesses or family members and can include: theft, assault, destruction of property, drug dealing, breaking and entering, etc. It is best to contact the police in criminal matters prior to seeking Intake Services.

If you are being victimized by your son or daughter and wish to press charges, you can make an appointment with the Juvenile Intake Unit. Their phone number is 703-246-2495 from 7am until midnight. From midnight to 7am, please call 703-246-2844, and ask for the Intake Officer. At the appointment, an Intake Officer will discuss the situation and outline what options are available to you.

What is the legal definition of a delinquent act?
According to Section 16.1-228 of the Code of Virginia, "Delinquent act" means (i) an act designated a crime under the law of this Commonwealth, or an ordinance of any city, county, town or service district, or under federal law, (ii) a violation of § 18.2-308.7, or (iii) a violation of a court order as provided for in § 16.1-292, but shall not include an act other than a violation of § 18.2-308.7, which is otherwise lawful, but is designated a crime only if committed by a child. For purposes of §§ 16.1-241 and 16.1-278.9, the term shall include a refusal to take a blood or breath test in violation of § 18.2-268.2 or a similar ordinance of any county, city or town.

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