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If a 16 year is caught with a stolen gun in VA, will they always go to Juvie?

I’m writing a story where my 16 year old MC gets caught with a stolen gun in Virginia but doesn’t go to juvie, is this unrealistic though? 

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  • 2 months ago

    They would probably not be placed in juvenile detention unless there was a serious felony or violent crime, or habitually runs away.

    In Virginia juveniles are only detained for their own safety or if they are a threat to others. That is in the opinion of the judge or intake officer.

    Source(s): 20 years a cop in Virginia
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