Round Rock Juvenile Crime Attorney
Juvenile Crime Cases
Crimes committed by children between the ages of 10 and 16 are usually
handled by the juvenile court. A child may be taken into custody if there
is probable cause to believe that a child has engaged in criminal activity,
delinquent conduct, conduct indicating a need for supervision, or conduct
that violates a condition of probation imposed by a juvenile court. "Delinquent
conduct" and "conduct indicating a need for supervision"
are both defined in Section 51.03 of the Texas Family Code.
The juvenile court must hold a detention hearing not later than the second
working day after a child has been taken into custody. However, if the
child was detained on a Friday or Saturday, then the detention hearing
will be held the next working day, which is usually a Monday.
At the end of the hearing, the court will release the child unless it feels that:
- The child is prone to run away
- The parent is not providing adequate supervision or care
- The child has no parent, guardian, or anyone else able to return him to
court when needed
- The child may be dangerous to himself or could be a threat to the public
- The child has previously been found to be a delinquent child or has been
convicted of a crime before punishable by jail or prison and is likely
to commit an offense if released
No statement made by a child in a detention hearing can be used against
him or her at any other hearing. If your child has been taken into custody
for committing a crime, contact a
Round Rock criminal defense attorney from The Law Office of Ryan H. Deck for qualified legal counsel and representation.
It is important that your child's rights are protected on an immediate
basis by a lawyer with juvenile court experience.
Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving Williamson County
Juveniles have an absolute right to a jury trial. A jury trial allows the
child to confront any witnesses to the alleged criminal act. In addition,
the child has the right to remain silent and may not be compelled to give
any evidence against him or herself. In order for the State to prevail
in a trial against a child, it must prove each and every element of the
charged offense beyond a reasonable doubt. This is the highest burden
in the entire legal system, and is the same burden that must be met when
Charges in juvenile court can result in a criminal record, and can be used
as evidence of prior criminal conduct if the person is arrested and prosecuted
as an adult. In addition, felony juvenile crimes can result in placement
into a Texas Youth Commission facility. Misdemeanor crimes often result
in an in-home probation where the child must complete various classes,
follow the rules of his household and submit to drug testing. We are an
criminal defense firm that can help your family navigate the juvenile court system and
ensure the best possible result for your child. Our firm provides professional
and caring representation in juvenile cases, and we will assist you and
your child in every way that we can.
Contact a Round Rock juvenile crime lawyer
for trusted legal counsel and representation if your child has been taken
into custody for committing a crime.