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Safeguarding Your Child’s Future in Texas
In the blink of an eye, a child’s youthful indiscretions – or a “minor” lapse in judgment – may result in terrible lifelong consequences. This may never be truer than when a lapse in judgment develops into criminal charges of any kind.
If your minor child faces accusations of juvenile crimes, his or her future may depend upon how you respond to the situation. In the hours and days following your child’s arrest (or the incidents leading to arrest), it is critical to put aside your fear and anger and take the immediate action of hiring the best possible Denton juvenile defense attorney available.
Texas Is Tough on All Crimes – Including Those Committed by Juveniles
In accordance with the state’s tough stance on all crimes, Texas law enforcement, judges, and prosecutors have little tolerance for arguments such as, “(s)he was just being a kid.”
If your child is somehow involved in a juvenile crime investigation, he or she may be subject to the harsh realities of the Texas criminal justice system in the following ways:
- Law enforcement officers may question, arrest, and detain minors suspected of committing a crime.
- Depending on the allegations, the state may formally charge a child with one or more juvenile crimes.
- If the court issues “findings of true” with respect to these crimes, a child may face a number of penalties (with varying degrees of severity).
The Texas Juvenile Crimes System Is Anything but Simple
Texas courts handle and resolve juvenile criminal matters through a unique process that includes a combination of civil and criminal proceedings. Specifically, the civil laws found in Title 3 of the Texas Family Code apply to juvenile cases. However, juvenile crimes are also governed by the criminal laws set forth in the Texas Penal Code, as well as the state’s criminal rules of procedure.
This intricate and hybrid system is difficult to navigate, and there are numerous opportunities for juveniles to make missteps along the way. Without proper legal representation, your child’s case can take a terrible turn – quickly.
One example of bad development in your child’s case is if the district attorney’s office obtains enough evidence to allege that your child committed a very serious criminal offense, therefore opening the door to the possibility that your child could be charged and treated as an adult.
A few examples of serious criminal offenses that may prompt prosecutors to request the court’s permission to charge a child as an adult include the following:
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Aggravated robbery
As you can see, your child’s case is nothing to take lightly. A good juvenile crimes defense team will formulate solid legal strategies to not only respond to every challenge – but to do everything possible to prevent and eliminate problems before they begin.
Put your child and your family in the best possible position before the case gets underway. The juvenile crime defense attorneys at Goline & Roland Law Firm possess the knowledge, specialized experience, dedication, and tenacity necessary to help your child resolve his or her case in the best possible manner in light of the specific circumstances.
Don't wait to get started on your case. Contact our firm today.