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Juvenile Offenses

Juvenile Crime • Juvenile Delinquency

Quite often the first time a parent realizes that their son or daughter has been charged with a juvenile crime is that infamous phone call from the police or a knock at the door to inform them that their loved one has been arrested or accused of a crime.

As a parent, it's very disappointing and heartbreaking to discover that your child has been charged with a juvenile crime. For some, it's a relief. It's viewed as an opportunity to help a child change his or her ways before it's too late.

A child that is charged with a crime can enter into a bureaucratic and legal maze of counselors, juvenile facilities, prosecutors and judges. In Texas, a juvenile is a minor between the ages of 10 and 16, and the Texas juvenile system is separate from the criminal system and move more quickly than the criminal system. Texas juvenile law treats juvenile offenders differently in the regard that the system attempts to rehabilitate offenders rather than punish them.

However, if a juvenile commits a serious crime, he or she can be tried as an adult. A Texas juvenile court will hear the charges and can dismiss the case or hand down a sentence of long-term incarceration in a juvenile correctional facility. For felony offenses, a child the age of 14 or older can be certified to stand trial in adult criminal courts. These matters occur when a juvenile is charged with a serious felony such as assault, murder, or crimes committed with a deadly weapon.

The following types of behavior often subjects juveniles in Texas to juvenile court jurisdiction:

  • Major Felonies
  • Assault / Battery
  • Certification for prosecution as an adult
  • Drug use
  • Possession / Distribution of Drugs
  • Gang-related activities
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Sexual Assault
  • Shoplifting
  • Theft
  • Trespassing
  • Underage drinking
  • Graffiti
  • Truancy

Juvenile Crime Isn't the End of Your Child's Future

The effects of being charged with a juvenile crime can be the first time many parents have experienced the Texas criminal system. It can be a very frightening and painful experience for parents.

Holmes & Moore, P.L.L.C. lawyers have defended many juvenile cases and have negotiated with prosecutors to reach solutions that are in the best interest of the child. A vigorous defense is always foremost in our efforts on the juvenile's behalf. We understand that the future of the child is at stake, and when possible, we are able to negotiate an agreement with prosecutors to ensure that the child's future is not derailed.

Should you need an experienced juvenile lawyer, contact Holmes & Moore, P.L.L.C. today to discuss your child's charges and to protect your child's future. We have decades of experience representing juveniles charged with minor offenses to more serious offenses such as murder or sexual assault.

At Holmes & Moore, P.L.L.C., we strive to offer our clients:

  • Free initial consultations
  • Emergency service - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Evening and weekend appointments
  • Contingent fees in injury cases - no recovery - no fees or costs
  • Affordable fees in criminal cases - no hidden surprises

Being charged with a crime does not need to be the end of your child's future. Contact Holmes & Moore, P.L.L.C. today to discuss your child's juvenile charges and to mount a defense of his or her rights.