What Penalties Can My Child Face for a Juvenile Crime in Texas?

In Texas, a child who is anywhere between the ages of 10 and 17 can be charged in a juvenile court for a juvenile crime, which can be anywhere from a Class C misdemeanor to capital murder. Such charges, and a potential criminal record, can be damaging to a child’s future. If you believe your child may be up against criminal charges, read on to find out how an experienced McAllen, Texas juvenile crimes lawyer at the Law Office of Angel Davila can help protect your child.

What are common juvenile delinquencies in the state of Texas?

In the state of Texas, delinquent conduct is considered any conduct, other than a traffic offense, which violates a state or federal penal law that is punishable by imprisonment or jail time. Common instances of juvenile delinquency read as follows:

  • Disorderly conduct, such as using foul language, flashing, mooning, or streaking.
  • Being a criminal nuisance, such as damaging someone’s property with egging or toilet papering.
  • Loitering or hanging around a restricted area.
  • False reporting, such as pulling a fire alarm or making a false bomb or shooter threat.

If your child has a previous juvenile record, they will likely face tougher consequences. However, if they are first-time offenders, they will likely get nothing more than a warning.

What are common juvenile crimes and their penalties?

Unlike juvenile delinquencies, juvenile crimes are usually handled more aggressively by the Texas court system. Below are common examples that can yield significant penalties:

  • Simple assault.
  • Reckless driving or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Underage possession of alcohol.
  • Possession of illegal drugs.
  • Vandalism or someone’s property.
  • Shoplifting.

And the following are potential penalties, which largely depend on the nature and severity of the crime:

  • Probation.
  • Restitution.
  • Deferred prosecution, which is when a child can go on probation for six months, and if completed without violation, can have the charges dropped.
  • Supervisory requirement, which is when a child is required to receive regular counseling through the probation department.

However, if the crime is as serious as murder, a child aged 17 or younger can be tried as an adult. With this, they will be incarcerated by the Texas Youth Commission, and when they turn 21, they may be transferred to the Department of Criminal Justice.

If your child is facing charges for a juvenile crime, it is essential that you retain the services of a skilled Hidalgo County, Texas criminal defense lawyer who can reduce or eliminate them altogether.

Contact Our Hidalgo County, Texas Firm

With collective decades of experience, the experienced attorneys at the Law Office of Angel Davila are committed to helping protect you from the penalties associated with a criminal conviction by defending you against charges of everything from DUI to Murder, and everything in between. We also help people through various family law and estate planning matters. Our firm proudly serves clients in Hidalgo County and throughout the state of Texas. For quality legal defense when you need it most, contact the Law Office of Angel Davila today.