Conroe Juvenile Crimes Defense Lawyer
Douglas W. Atkinson, Attorney at Law
Juvenile crimes are offenses committed by a minor under the age of 18. Common juvenile crimes include the same crimes that adults commit, however what’s worse in these situations is that your child’s future is at stake. Children have their whole lives ahead of them: College, jobs, owning a home and having a family, are just a few of the major milestones ahead for minors. However, having a criminal record at such a young age could tarnish their livelihoods and opportunities down the road if an experienced juvenile defense attorney isn’t brought in to keep their record clean, or their charges reduced to a minimum.
Fighting Juvenile Crime Charges
Seeking a juvenile crimes defense attorney could make a huge difference for the course of your child’s life. At Douglas W. Atkinson, Attorney at Law, the team understands how vital it is for you to harness a committed, resourceful lawyer who delivers valuable insight to your case. Fortunately, Attorney Douglas W. Atkinson is reputable for providing aggressive, personalized defense strategies that serve each unique case justice.
We proudly defend a host of juvenile crimes, including:
- Curfew violations
- False identification
- Simple assault
- Disorderly conduct
- Criminal trespass
- Traffic violations
- Reckless endangerment
- Drug crimes
- Sex crimes
Juvenile Crime Conviction Process
Upon arrest, your child may undergo a frightening encounter with the law, especially if it’s their first time getting into legal trouble. Typically, officers will issue a warning for minor offenses. This warning will be sent to a parent or guardian as well.
If your child’s alleged offense is more severe, the law will take matters into its own hands:
- Juvenile processing office: Your child will be taken into custody and may remain here for up to six hours. This is an opportunity for a parent or legal guardian to accompany the child.
- Juvenile detention facility: If the child is not released to the parent or guardian, it becomes the law enforcement officer’s duty to transport the child to the appropriate juvenile detention facility. Keep in mind, custody does not mean arrest.
- Informal disposition without referral to juvenile court: An officer taking a juvenile into custody may dispose of that child’s case informally without referring it to juvenile court if the case meets certain guidelines for such disposition that have been approved by the juvenile board.
- Referral to a first offender program: Despite the name, a first offender program is not just for juveniles who have been taken into custody for the first time. Participation in this program may involve community service and education, counseling or other rehabilitative services. If the juvenile successfully completes the program, the case is closed and will not be referred to juvenile court.
- Referral to juvenile court: An officer who has taken a child into custody may decide to refer a case to the juvenile court.
- The intake process: When an officer decides to refer a case to juvenile court and the child is not released, the child must be taken to a detention facility.
- Deferred prosecution: If an intake officer, probation officer or other person designated by the juvenile court determines that further proceedings against a juvenile are authorized, the officer may recommend deferred prosecution, where your child may be released on specific conditions of release.
- The detention hearing: Detention hearings are very informal, but a child now must be represented by a lawyer.
- Filing charges against a child: The prosecuting attorney may file a petition with the juvenile court only if there are sufficient legal grounds to do so; otherwise, no petition is filed and the case is either dismissed or returned to the juvenile probation department for further proceedings.
- Pre-trial and adjudication hearings: At a pre-trial hearing, the judge reviews with the family the allegations against the child. This is the juvenile court equivalent of a criminal trial.
- Disposition or sentencing: A disposition incorporates both punishment and rehabilitation of a juvenile offender.
- From there, your child may be placed on probation or sentenced to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD), among other sentencings.
Experienced Juvenile Crimes Defense Lawyer on Your Side
If the juvenile crime conviction process doesn’t sound daunting enough, you’d be shocked to know that the information above is only an overarching idea of what your child may suffer. Each case is unique, which requires the customized, committed legal counsel that can be found at Douglas W. Atkinson, Attorney at Law. As soon as you get notified by the police of your child’s arrest, contact the firm immediately so an attorney can begin working on securing your child’s well-being and freedom.
Douglas W. Atkinson, Attorney at Law knows how emotional these charges can be. Allow the firm to take action during this sensitive time by calling (936) 681-0031.
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