Juvenile criminal offenses are forks in the road. A juvenile charge, when defended correctly, can put a child back on track for success. However, handling a juvenile criminal charge incorrectly can result in putting a child in a position to fail. It is critical to choose someone with experience and a willingness to fight for the best outcome.
In Texas, juvenile court proceedings result from two kinds of misconduct:
- Conduct Indicating a Need for Supervision (CINS); and
- Delinquent Conduct
While the juvenile law system emphasizes rehabilitation rather than punishment, any time a minor is charged with a crime it can have devastating consequences to their adult maturation and their future.
CINS charges are typically not as serious as delinquent charges, but they often still result in probation, which, if violated, could lead to serious penalties.
- Running Away
- School Expulsion
- Inhalant Abuse
- Violation of “child at risk” order
Unlike CINS charges, juvenile delinquent charges can result in being sentenced to a State juvenile justice
Depending on the circumstances, the State can move to try the child as an adult. This process is called Certification.
Once a case is certified as an adult criminal matter, it is treated as one. In these situations, the interests of the minor defendant no longer will be given as much priority.
- Criminal Mischief
- Criminal Trespass
- Reckless Damage
If a juvenile is adjudicated guilty of an offense, they could face any of the following:
- Confinement to the Texas Youth Commission
- Texas Driver’s License suspension
- Community service
- Substance abuse treatment
- Probation until 18th birthday
- Probation in a public or private institution or agency, until 18th birthday
This is serious and the stakes are high. I limit the number of clients I take so that I can provide personalized service to each one.
Call or send a text to 210-920-1281 and you’re going to get me. Not a secretary. Not a law clerk. Not some associate attorney you don’t know.
I don’t charge for consultations. The State is working on your conviction. Let’s start building your defense.