Ready to Defend Your Child Against Serious Charges
A juvenile record can have far-reaching consequences, affecting education, employment, and personal relationships. If your child has been arrested for a crime, you need a criminal defense lawyer who knows how to defend juveniles.
At Cofer & Connelly, PLLC, we understand the importance of protecting your child's future. We understand the unique challenges that juvenile cases pose, and we are committed to protecting the rights and best interests of your child inside and outside the courtroom.
Here's why you should choose our firm:
- Experience: Our team of attorneys has years of experience handling juvenile cases, making us well-versed in the nuances of Texas juvenile law. We know how to navigate the system effectively.
- Compassion: We understand that facing juvenile charges can be incredibly stressful for both parents and children. We approach each case with empathy, ensuring that your child feels supported throughout the legal process.
- Client-Centered Approach: We believe in tailoring our legal strategies to the unique needs of each client. Your child's future is our top priority, and we will work diligently to achieve the best possible outcome for their case.
- Knowledge of Local Courts: Our firm has extensive experience working in Lubbock and the surrounding areas, allowing us to build strong relationships within the local legal community. We are familiar with the judges, prosecutors, and court procedures, which can be invaluable in your child's case.
Understanding Juvenile Crimes in Texas
Juvenile crimes refer to criminal offenses committed by individuals under the age of 18 in Texas. While the juvenile justice system is designed to focus on rehabilitation rather than punishment, it is crucial to have a Lubbock juvenile defense lawyer who understands the complexities of this system.
Common juvenile crimes in Texas include:
- Theft: Shoplifting and other theft-related offenses are prevalent among juveniles. A conviction can have a lasting impact on your child's future.
- Drug Possession: Juveniles can be charged with drug possession for various substances, including marijuana, prescription drugs, and illegal narcotics.
- Assault: Physical altercations or threats can result in assault charges. Depending on the severity, these charges can lead to serious consequences.
- Vandalism: Graffiti and property damage are often associated with juvenile offenses.
- Underage Drinking: Possession of alcohol by a minor is a common charge that can have far-reaching consequences.
- DUI/DWI: Underage drinking and driving offenses can result in license suspension and other serious penalties.
- Cybercrimes: With the proliferation of technology, cyberbullying and online harassment have become significant concerns.
- Sexual Offenses: Cases involving sexual misconduct or exploitation can be especially complex and life-altering.
What Happens After a Juvenile Crime?
After a juvenile is arrested or charged with a crime, their future is at stake. Depending on the severity of the crime, a juvenile can be tried as an adult. In addition, a juvenile can be tried in either juvenile or adult court.
Depending on the circumstances of the case, a juvenile can face:
- Juvenile probation
- Placement in a juvenile facility
- Placement in an adult facility
- Mandatory counseling
- Community service
If a juvenile is tried as an adult, they can face serious consequences. They may be required to register as a sex offender, which can have a lasting impact on the child's life. For instance, they may not be able to get a job, go to college, or live in a particular neighborhood.
Why Choose Cofer & Connelly, PLLC for Your Child's Defense?
At Cofer & Connelly, PLLC, we have a deep understanding of the juvenile justice system in Texas. Our firm has a proven track record of successfully defending young clients, ensuring their rights are protected throughout the legal process.
We can guide you through each stage, ensuring your child's rights are protected:
- Detention: If your child is arrested, they may be placed in a juvenile detention center. Our goal is to work towards their release as soon as possible.
- Intake: The prosecutor decides whether to file formal charges or divert the case to an alternative program. We will advocate for the best outcome for your child at this stage.
- Adjudication: Similar to a trial in adult court, adjudication is the process by which a judge determines whether the juvenile is guilty of the alleged offense. We will vigorously defend your child's rights during this phase.
- Disposition: If your child is found guilty, the court will decide on an appropriate punishment or rehabilitation plan. We will work to ensure the outcome is fair and in your child's best interests.
- Appeals: If necessary, we can explore the possibility of appealing a decision to secure the best possible outcome for your child.
We understand the unique challenges that young individuals face in the legal system, and we are committed to helping them move past their mistakes and build a brighter future. Whether it's negotiating with prosecutors, advocating for diversion programs, or mounting a strong defense in court, we are prepared to go the extra mile to secure the best results for our clients.
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