Samantha Van Scoik is originally from Florida. She graduated from Florida State... more
Samantha Van Scoik is originally from Florida. She graduated from Florida State University in 2001 and Georgia State College of Law in 2004. After law school, Samantha returned to Jacksonville, Florida and began working at Fortune Law Offices. In 2005, Samantha joined the Office of the Public Defender in Jacksonville, Florida. Samantha began practicing in misdemeanor court, but quickly moved u... view profile
A graduate of Miami University and Washington and Lee School of Law, Michael Sprano... more
A graduate of Miami University and Washington and Lee School of Law, Michael Sprano started his legal career as a law clerk in the DC Court of Appeals before getting valuable trial experience as an attorney with the Fairfax Public Defenders Office. Since 2001 he has been in private practice handling exclusively criminal defense cases - both state and federal - in all Northern Virgnia jurisdict... view profile
Juvenile law applies to young children and teenagers—usually defined as less than eighteen years old, depending on the state. Minors accused of breaking the law are processed under a juvenile justice system. This system is completely separate from the one used for adults, and the penalties involved are usually far less severe than in the adult system. Juvenile law also carries certain protections that do not apply to adults; for example, names are kept confidential and parents can be present during police questioning. A lawyer who specializes in juvenile law will help minors understand the juvenile justice system and present their defense in juvenile court.