A drunk stranger at a bar punched me. His trial for misdemeanor assault is coming up and the case is being heard in the local Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court.
Neither him nor myself are juveniles. He and I are not related, although we do have the same last name. I tried researching the Virginia code to figure out the jurisdiction of JDR courts, but was unable to locate it. If an attorney could point me the right way or find the statute, it would be helpful.
Sounds like by mistake.
They saw same last name and possibly assumed that you were family members. Tell the prosecutor you're not related and the case should be transferred to General District Court. Of course, then you'll have to come back as a witness on another day.
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If you call the officer ahead of time and the officer fixes it ahead of time, you may be able to avoid going to court unnecessarily. If you aren't related and neither of you are juveniles... the JDR court does not have jurisdiction (authority) over the case.
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Seems like you need to contact the Prosecutor's Office, or call your local clerk of court to check and see if the State filed this case in a different court. Good Luck.
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