Providing Aggressive Defense for Juvenile Cases in Texas
Texas law defines juvenile crimes as those committed by a person under the age of 17. Depending on the circumstances, a juvenile may be tried as an adult. If a juvenile is tried in juvenile court, the judge may order the child to receive counseling, community service, or other types of punishment. If the juvenile is found guilty, the judge may also place the child on probation and order the child to pay restitution for any damages.
At Cofer & Connelly, PLLC, protecting your child's future is our top priority. With a deep understanding of the unique challenges that juvenile cases present, we are here to provide unwavering support, guidance, and effective legal representation to ensure the best possible outcomes for your child.
Charged with a juvenile crime? Contact a Kerrville juvenile defense lawyer for a confidential case review at (512) 991-0576.
What is Juvenile Crime in Texas?
In Texas, a juvenile is a person under the age of 17. A juvenile may be charged with a crime even if they did not realize what they were doing was illegal or if they did not fully understand the consequences of their actions.
Examples of juvenile crimes include:
- Drug Offenses: Allegations involving the possession, distribution, or sale of controlled substances.
- Property Crimes: Charges related to theft, vandalism, or burglary.
- Violent Crimes: Cases involving assault, battery, or other violent acts.
- Sex Offenses: Allegations of sexual misconduct or offenses, such as sexting.
- Underage Drinking and DUI: Charges related to alcohol-related offenses and driving under the influence.
- School-Related Offenses: Disciplinary actions and criminal charges stemming from incidents at school.
- Runaway and Truancy Cases: Legal issues related to minors leaving home without permission or chronic school absenteeism.
If a juvenile is between the ages of 10 and 17, a law enforcement officer may arrest the juvenile without a warrant. If a juvenile is younger than 10 or older than 17, a law enforcement officer may not arrest the juvenile without a warrant.
There are some situations in which a juvenile may be tried as an adult. These include situations in which a juvenile is accused of committing a serious crime such as murder, aggravated assault, or a forcible felony with the use of a deadly weapon.
What are the Penalties for Juvenile Crimes in Texas?
The penalties for juvenile crimes depend on the circumstances of the crime, the age of the juvenile, and the criminal history of the juvenile. In addition, the judge may order the juvenile to complete community service, pay restitution, or receive counseling.
Examples of possible penalties for juvenile crimes include:
- Confinement in a juvenile detention facility
- Placement on probation
- Restitution for damages
- Community service
- Restrictions on activities
If a juvenile is tried as an adult, the penalties are similar to those for adult crimes. For example, the adult court may sentence the juvenile to prison, probation, fines, and restitution. In addition, the court may order the juvenile to receive counseling or treatment.
How We Can Help
If your child is facing criminal charges, you should contact a juvenile crime defense attorney as soon as possible. A criminal conviction can have a lasting impact on your child's future, including the ability to get into college or obtain a scholarship. As a result, you should seek the help of a qualified criminal defense attorney.
Here are some reasons to choose us as your legal advocates:
- Specialized Expertise: Our attorneys have a deep understanding of Texas juvenile law, including the Texas Family Code and the Juvenile Justice Code. We stay up-to-date with the latest changes in legislation and case law to provide the most effective defense for our clients.
- Individualized Approach: We recognize that every case is unique, and we tailor our strategies to the specific circumstances and needs of each client. Our goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for your child, whether that involves negotiation, diversion programs, or trial representation.
- Compassion and Support: Dealing with juvenile crime allegations can be overwhelming for both the child and their family. We offer compassionate and nonjudgmental support throughout the legal process, ensuring that your child's emotional well-being is a priority.
- Strong Advocacy: Our attorneys are known for their strong advocacy skills both in and out of the courtroom. We work tirelessly to protect your child's rights and ensure fair treatment within the juvenile justice system.
- Focus on Rehabilitation: We believe in rehabilitation over punishment. We advocate for alternatives to incarceration, such as counseling, community service, or educational programs, to help your child learn from their mistakes and move forward.
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