A child charged with committing a crime in Texas faces unique consequences from the criminal conviction to a negative impact on his or her future. Your child deserves the care and concern that comes with over 40 years of experience in the juvenile justice system in Texas.
What is It?
The areas of juvenile practice and procedure are numerous and complex – and more than a little different from what is experienced by adult defendants. The juvenile court system requires and attorney with knowledge of both the Texas Penal Code and the Texas Family Code.
In Texas, a criminally responsible child is a child aged 10–16. It is unusual for a child under the age of 10 to be held criminally responsible. On the other hand, anyone who is 17 or older is treated as an adult by the criminal courts. The juvenile courts handle most children who commit crimes. Alcohol – related crimes are usually handled by the municipal courts. However, if the crime is serious enough, then a juvenile may be tried as an adult.
If your child is facing criminal charges, he or she needs a lawyer. That is true even if you believe your child is innocent. Without the effective assistance and representation of an experienced juvenile justice attorney, your child could be wrongfully convicted. The consequences of a juvenile conviction can be quite serious, including formal probation or being sentenced to the Texas Youth Commission.
We Care and We Can Help
It is unusual for criminal defense lawyers who represent adults charged with crimes to possess the knowledge, skill and experience required to represent children effectively in juvenile court. But the lawyers at Clancy & Clancy have over 40 years experience on both sides of the juvenile justice system. Your child should never plead guilty to delinquent conduct until he or she has the advice of an experienced juvenile justice attorney. We will explore all your child’s defenses. We may be able to reduce the length of punishment. Most of all, your child’s rights need to be protected.
If your child is charged with a crime, your child’s future and freedom are in jeopardy. We will answer your questions and provide clear, objective legal advice. Email us or call Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Clancy & Clancy at (214) 740-9955 to schedule a consultation.