When someone commits a juvenile crime, it means that they committed a crime while under the age of 17. If you or your child is accused of a juvenile crime, it is in your best interests to retain the services of a competent McAllen, Texas juvenile crimes lawyer as soon as you can. Our firm is here to protect you or your child’s future. Contact the Law Office of Angel Davila today to learn more about the juvenile system in Texas and how our firm can help you.
McAllen, Texas Lawyer Protecting Minors Charged With Juvenile Crimes
We believe that it is wrong for a child to have his or her reputation tarnished before even becoming an adult. This is why you can depend on a Hidalgo County, Texas criminal defense lawyer from our firm to fight for the best possible outcome on your behalf.
Common Types of Juvenile Crimes
As you can imagine, there are various ways in which minors can get themselves into trouble. These offenses range from relatively minor to very serious, just as adults who find themselves in legal trouble. Some of the most common types of juvenile crimes committed in the state of Texas are as follows:
- Underage possession of alcohol
- Drug charges
Of course, though these are the most common types of juvenile crimes we deal with, those who are under the age of 17 can still commit a wide array of other, more serious crimes, such as murder, sex offenses, and more.
Penalties for Juvenile Crimes in Texas
As with most crimes, the severity of the penalties a child may face will depend largely on the nature and severity of the crime allegedly committed. For example, for some of the most serious criminal offenses, such as murder, a child under the age of 17 may be tried as an adult and incarcerated by the Texas Youth Commission, and when they turn 21, they may be transferred to the Department of Criminal Justice.
That said, in most cases, when minors are accused of crimes, they will face one or more of the following penalties:
- Deferred prosecution, which is when a child can go on probation for 6 months. As long as the child completes probation without violating any of its terms, the charges may be dropped.
- Supervisory requirement, which is when a child is required to receive regular counseling through the probation department.
Contact Us Today!
The bottom line is that if your child has been charged with a crime, the time to act is now. Our firm is ready to listen to your case and fight for the best possible outcome on your behalf so your child can go on to live the productive, free life he or she deserves. Contact the Law Office of Angel Davila today to schedule your free initial consultation.