In Texas, minor children face juvenile criminal charges after being accused of an enormous range of crimes including shoplifting, stealing/theft, traffic violations, criminal mischief, possession of a controlled substance (marijuana possession, drug possession), probation violations, robbery, arson, weapons charges, gang violence, rape or other juvenile sex crimes, even murder.
Whether you are a child charged with a crime because you injured someone or a family member distressed over a minor in possession of drugs, you need to understand juvenile defense procedures in order to defend yourself before juvenile court in Texas. Humphreys & Peterson Law Firm offers a free consultation so we can provide you with answers to your questions.
Whatever the age or the violation, Humphreys & Peterson Law Firm has several years of experience seeking to prevent jail time and other extraordinary punishments for juvenile crimes. Recently in Texas, there has been a tremendous growth in juvenile prosecution and a greater willingness by the State of Texas to certify juveniles as adults rather than prosecute them as juvenile delinquents. However, the purpose of the Texas juvenile justice system is different from that of the Texas adult criminal justice system. The hope of the Texas juvenile courts and the hope of society is that minor children can be rehabilitated. Certifying them as adults completely gives up on that hope.
When a parent is summoned to court to answer for his childís alleged criminal act, he or she is usually unsure of what to do. Some parents donít know whether they even need a lawyer. Sometimes a juvenile probation officer or court staff will tell the parents that an attorney is unnecessary. Sometimes a prosecutor will give the parents the same advice, assuring them that the case is not serious enough to warrant a defense attorney. But beware: it is critical that your child be competently represented in juvenile court. There is no minor criminal case in Texas.
The Humphreys & Peterson Law Firm will make it a point to walk the young person and his parents through all Texas juvenile criminal procedures. We will fight for your childís freedom, which sometimes comes in the form of restitution or probation.
At Humphreys & Peterson Law firm we never forget that a child is just that: a child. A criminal record, even a juvenile record, is a tag that will often harm a child much more than it benefits the State of Texas.
Contact Humphreys & Peterson Law Firm today at Charlie@DallasJusticeForAll.com or Laura@DallasJusticeForAll.com or toll free at (866) 259-0661 and we'll start working to defend your childís rights immediately.