Dedicated Legal Representation for Minors Charged With Juvenile Crimes
A Board Certified Texas Lawyer for Juvenile Crime Cases in Northeast Harris County
Minors who get into trouble with the law often go through a different process than adults. Depending upon the seriousness of their actions, the child may either be detained by the police or given a ticket and a fine. If the minor is detained, he or she can be released into parental custody — except in the most serious juvenile cases.
Young People Deserve a Strong Defense to Keep Their Record Clear of Juvenile Crimes
Even so-called “minor” juvenile crimes can have both short-term and long-term effects on a child’s schooling and work opportunities:
Driver’s license suspension
Suspension or expulsion from school
Difficulty finding work due to juvenile delinquency record
Community service obligations
An order to spend time in juvenile detention, also known as the Texas Youth Commission (TYC)
What to Do if Your Child Is Detained by the Police
If you get a call from the police informing you that your child has been detained on suspicion of engaging in criminal conduct, the first thing to do is go to the police station and get your child released into your custody.
It is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible, because juvenile cases move more quickly than cases involving adults. Within a short period of time, the child will be called into court to answer the charges against him or her. With help from a lawyer who understands the juvenile system, your child may be able to avoid most or all of the more serious consequences.
Sealing a Record of Juvenile Delinquency
If the minor is adjudicated delinquent, then his or her police record will reflect that fact. However, the bright side is that in many instances juvenile records are sealed from public view when minors reach age 21 and have not committed any criminal offenses after the age of 17. After that, they can honestly say they have no juvenile crime convictions.
Urgent Phone Calls Answered 24 Hours a Day
To get confidential and practical advice if your child is facing accusations of criminal conduct, make an appointment to talk with an experienced juvenile crimes lawyer. Call 281-358-9111, or contact Mr. Williams online.