Persons who are under age 17 in Texas are considered to be juveniles and they receive special consideration within the state criminal justice system. In general, the system attempts to rehabilitate and redirect the youthful offenders, so they do not continue on into the adult criminal realm. Juveniles commit all of the same crimes that adults commit, from petty larceny to murder, and they also are entitled to a jury trial. At Harris Cook, LLP, our Criminal Defense Attorneys understand the unique elements that apply to Juvenile Cases.
Harris Cook, LLP, Criminal Defense Attorney
When you work with a Harris Cook, LLP, Criminal Defense Attorney, your child is in good legal hands. We realize the importance of helping youthful offenders deal with the Texas court system and the process they must go through during a trial or court hearing. We help young offenders understand the seriousness of their charges and how a conviction will change their entire future. We coordinate with parents who are on the same wavelength and who want a strong legal professional working diligently to help their youngster get the best possible outcome.
Texas Juvenile Offenses
Under the Juvenile Justice Code, Juvenile offenses include a long list of charges that also apply to adults, but they receive different treatment due to their age. Juvenile cases are categorized as Misdemeanors or Felonies, depending on the case details. Youngsters under age 10 are not considered to be juveniles,because they lack the capacity of criminal intent. Juvenile offenders may be accused of simple to complex criminal activity, including the following and more:
- Drug crimes
- Gang related crimes
- Traffic offenses, truancy
- Theft, burglary, larceny, shoplifting
- Assault, rape
- Misdemeanors & Felonies
- Capital crimes - murder
Offenders and parents must appear before a judge to enter a plea, and a dress code is in effect. If the offense is alcohol-related, the offenders and parents will be sent directly into court. Some cases can be sent into a special Teen Court. The system offers special protections for juveniles, including security of information, photographs, records and other aspects of the case. For repeat offenders who are over age 14 and commit serious crimes, cases may be sent into adult court and the normal juvenile protections would not apply.
Texas Juvenile Cases Attorney
Working with an experienced Harris Cook, LLP, Texas Juvenile Cases Attorney is an excellent way to help your juvenile realize the impact of their wrongful activities, face up to their actions and try to get the best possible outcome from the juvenile offender system.
Harris Cook, LLP - Arlington, Mansfield & Flower Mound, TX
If you have concerns or need legal representation for Juvenile Cases, contact the Harris Cook, LLP, offices in Arlington, TX, Mansfield or Flower Mound. Call us now, at 817-789-6842.