Juvenile Crimes

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Keep Your Children Safe With Help From Our Austin Juvenile Attorney

Texas children can face juvenile charges as young as ten years old. Some crimes committed while a juvenile can be prosecuted years later, even when you're an adult. The juvenile justice system can be confusing and overwhelming. An experienced Austin juvenile defense attorney can assist your child in getting the best result possible in their case.

Contact our Austin juvenile offense attorneys online or via phone at (512) 991-0576 to schedule a consultation with our team.

What Is Considered a Juvenile in Texas?

In Texas, a juvenile charge is defined as a crime occurring between the defendant's 10th and 17th birthday. A juvenile charge can result from breaking a criminal law, engaging in delinquent conduct, or violating a court order or probation.

What Are Some Examples of Juvenile Crimes?

The most common juvenile offenses are:

  • Larceny;
  • Assault;
  • Illegal purchases, such as cigarettes or alcohol;
  • Other drug and alcohol crimes, such as possession or DUIs;
  • Violent crimes;
  • Sexual offenses;
  • Status offenses, such as truancy or disorderly conduct; and
  • Vandalism.

How are Juvenile Charges Different?

Unlike the adult criminal system, an officer does not need to obtain an arrest warrant to arrest a juvenile. However, the officer must deliver the juvenile directly to a processing office without unnecessary delay, and notify the juvenile's parents immediately.

The juvenile court system is intended to not only protect the wellbeing of the public, but also to "provide treatment, training, and rehabilitation that emphasizes the accountability and responsibility of both the parent and the child for the child's conduct." Though this is meant to aid the juvenile, it can introduce many complications and intricacies that only trained attorneys can navigate.

What Crimes Can Juveniles Be Tried as Adults for in Texas?

There are a few circumstances under which a juvenile may be tried as an adult in Texas courts:

  • Violent felony offenses
  • Felony drug offenses
  • Habitual offenses/resistance to rehabilitation efforts

Being convicted as an adult means having the same consequences as adults, which may include prison time, fines, and a permanent criminal record.

The Austin Juvenile Offense System

Austin's juvenile justice system is run by the Juvenile Probation Board and administrated by the Juvenile Board, a group of judges overseeing juvenile probation. Cases are brought in the 98th District Court of Travis County, located at the Gardner-Betts Juvenile Justice Center. The District Attorney prosecutes juvenile charges.

Juvenile charges can result in penalties ranging from "Deferred Prosecution" to up to forty years in prison and registration as a sex offender. The range of possible results is staggering, and charges can be brought for certain offenses even after a child's 17th birthday.

Contact Our Austin Juvenile Defense Attorney Today

Our Austin juvenile offense attorneys have handled hundreds of juvenile cases. We have extensive experience in juvenile courts handling aggravated sexual assault of a child, sexual assault, and indecency with a child by contact cases. Juvenile sex crimes cases are particularly complex as they regularly involve young children alleged to have committed a sex offense against another child or family member.

If a loved one or family member faces a juvenile charge, it is essential to begin your defense as soon as possible.

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