As the former Chief Juvenile Prosecutor for Fannin County, Texas, handling cases in the Texas juvenile law system since 2005, I am an experienced and dedicated trial attorney.
If your son or daughter has been accused of or is being investigated for a crime, this can be an extremely upsetting and stressful time for you and your family. I will use my many years of experience to create a strong defense for your child’s juvenile charge and obtain the best possible outcome and protect your child’s future.
The Texas court system is not easy on juvenile offenders. In serious cases, juveniles may be tried as if they were an adult facing harsher and longer penalties if convicted:
- Attempted murder
- Intoxication manslaughter
- Sexual assault
- Aggravated robbery
- Aggravated assault
Texas courts treat juvenile cases very seriously at all levels. In other cases—including misdemeanor level offenses—the court has the power to take your child out of your home if it deems that this is in the child’s best interests. This means that even if your child has received probation, he or she could face time in an institution far from home.
Understanding Your Rights
Has your child been arrested for a crime? Every parent wants what is best for their children, so it is important to do everything in your power to protect them. Under Texas law, parents and minors have rights when it comes to juvenile crimes.
- When a child is taken into custody following an arrest, the first thing that must happen is the parents are to be notified.
- The minor is allowed two phone calls: one to a guardian and one to an attorney.
- It is highly recommended that you and your child do not take any steps without first speaking with an attorney. Even if your child did not do anything wrong, what they say could be misunderstood and used against them at a later time.
- Under law, you will be able to speak with your child in private and visit them in the juvenile facility where they are being held.
Consequences of a Juvenile Conviction
It is only natural that children make mistakes. They may be easily influenced by adults or by their peers, leading to behavior that results in an arrest or juvenile criminal charges. Unfortunately, one mistake can haunt a person for the rest of his or her life. Having a conviction for a juvenile crime on one’s record may result in limited employment and educational opportunities, ruining a bright future. It is of the utmost importance that your child has the best representation possible from an attorney who is not only experienced in handling juvenile crimes but is also a skilled criminal defense lawyer. In this way, you can be sure your child has the full protection an attorney can offer under Texas juvenile law, the U.S. Constitution and the legal system as a whole.
It is extremely important that you hire a lawyer immediately with the necessary experience within the juvenile court system to protect your child’s rights. I aggressively and compassionately represent my young clients, and will put my decade of trial experience to work to protect them. You can be assured that your child will be provided determined and experienced representation. I will aggressively investigate every detail of your child’s case. I may even be able to have the charges reduced or dismissed entirely.
Your initial consultation is free. find out more information by calling the office.