Is Your Child Facing Criminal Charges in Williamson County, TX?
Are you searching for an experienced and compassionate juvenile defense lawyer in Williamson County, Texas? Look no further than Cofer & Connelly, PLLC. Our dedicated team of legal professionals is here to protect the rights and future of young individuals facing juvenile crime charges in Williamson County and throughout Texas. We understand the unique challenges that juveniles and their families face when navigating the criminal justice system, and we are committed to providing the highest level of legal representation and support.
Understanding Juvenile Crimes in Texas
In Texas, the age of majority is 17. Juveniles are typically individuals aged 10 to 16 who are subject to the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system. However, individuals aged 17 are considered adults in the eyes of the law and may be tried as adults for certain offenses.
Here are some common types of juvenile crimes and the potential penalties associated with them:
- Juvenile Drug Offenses: Possession, distribution, manufacturing, or trafficking of controlled substances. Penalties for drug offenses can include probation, counseling, drug education programs, community service, and, in some cases, confinement in a juvenile detention center.
- Juvenile Property Crimes: Theft, burglary, shoplifting, vandalism, and criminal mischief. Penalties may involve restitution, probation, community service, diversion programs, or detention in a juvenile facility. Severity of penalties varies based on the value of stolen property and the nature of the offense.
- Juvenile Assault and Violent Crimes: Simple assault, aggravated assault, robbery, and fighting. Penalties may include counseling, anger management classes, probation, detention in a juvenile facility, or transfer to adult court for more severe offenses.
- Juvenile Sex Crimes: Sexual assault, indecent exposure, sexting, and possession of child pornography. Penalties for sex crimes may involve counseling, sex offender registration, probation, or placement in a specialized juvenile facility. Serious offenses may lead to transfer to adult court.
- Juvenile DUI/DWI: Common Offenses: Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) involving alcohol or drugs. Penalties for juvenile DUI/DWI may include license suspension, fines, mandatory alcohol education programs, probation, and community service.
- Juvenile Weapons Offenses: Common Offenses: Possession of firearms or other weapons by minors, including illegal possession. Penalties may include probation, counseling, fines, or detention in a juvenile facility, depending on the circumstances and the type of weapon involved.
- Juvenile Truancy: Repeatedly skipping school without a valid excuse. Penalties may involve counseling, community service, probation, or participation in educational programs designed to address truancy.
- Juvenile Runaway and Curfew Violations: Running away from home or violating local curfew ordinances. Penalties typically involve counseling, family therapy, or community service, with the aim of addressing the underlying issues.
- Internet and Cybercrimes: Cyberbullying, hacking, online harassment, or distribution of explicit content. Penalties can include probation, counseling, and education programs, with an emphasis on educating juveniles about responsible online behavior.
Juvenile records are generally confidential and not accessible to the public. However, they can still have a significant impact on a young person's life. It's essential to work with an attorney who understands how to navigate the process of sealing or expunging juvenile records when appropriate.
Why Choose Cofer & Connelly, PLLC?
Your child's future is our priority, and we are here to provide the legal representation and support you need. Remember, you don't have to face this challenging situation alone - we're here to help.
When you choose Cofer & Connelly, PLLC, as your juvenile defense lawyers in Williamson County, you can expect:
- Experience: Our attorneys have a deep understanding of the Texas juvenile justice system, and we have successfully represented numerous juvenile clients in Williamson County.
- Compassion: We understand the unique challenges that juveniles and their families face when dealing with criminal charges. We approach each case with empathy and dedication.
- Personalized Attention: We take the time to understand your child's unique situation and tailor our legal strategy to achieve the best possible outcome.
- Proven Results: Our track record of successful outcomes in juvenile defense cases speaks for itself. We are committed to securing the best possible results for our clients.
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