Juvenile Law

Initial Detention Hearings | Misdemeanor defense
Felony Defense | Plea and Disposition Representation

Juvenile Law
-Initial Detention Hearings | Misdemeanor defense | Felony Defense | Plea and Disposition Representation

Juvenile Law

No issues in life concern you more than those involving your child. When your child is accused of having committed a crime, you will face a situation that is both more different and more difficult than any you may have previously faced as a parent. There is a whole court system, described below, that will decide if your child has done something illegal, and then seek to adjudicate and punish/rehabilitate your child on the basis of the system’s decision.

If you become aware that the police are investigating your child as a suspect in any crime, you should seriously consider retaining a juvenile law attorney immediately. Your child does not have to talk to the police without you being present, or without a juvenile law attorney present. Both misdemeanors and felonies are very serious situations, because once your child has a history in the juvenile system he or she is more likely to be a suspect in future juvenile law offenses.

The Juvenile System In Texas

Juvenile law is a hybrid system using crimes from the criminal law statutes and procedures from family law statutes specifically to deal with youth crime. It is similar to yet different from both criminal law and family law. This system uses the same police to arrest and procure evidence that are used in adult cases. The system also uses Assistant District Attorneys to prosecute your child just as in adult cases. The procedures and punishments involved make the system slightly less punitive than the adult criminal law system, but the similarities in the systems outweigh the differences.

Punishment

Juveniles can receive deferred adjudication sentences and probation sentences, just as adults can. If an offense is a repeat offense or a serious offense, a youth can be placed outside the home, either in a halfway-house local program, or commitment to the Texas Youth Commission, the juvenile penal authority in the state of Texas. If a juvenile commits certain types of felony offenses, the youth can be made to stand trial as an adult, and even have sentencing imposed which is composite juvenile and adult sentencing, resulting in the creation of a permanent criminal record.

Mr. Casteel believes that all criminal charges are very serious, due to the possible effect on a child’s self-image, as well as the child’s current and future opportunities. Please contact Mr. Casteel now if you believe you child needs a juvenile law attorney.