Juvenile Crimes Attorneys in Denton
Safeguarding Your Child’s Future
In the blink of an eye, a child’s youthful indiscretions – or a “minor” lapse in judgment – may result in terrible lifelong consequences. This may never be truer than when a lapse in judgment develops into criminal charges of any kind.
If your minor child faces accusations of juvenile crimes, his or her future may depend upon how you respond to the situation. In the hours and days following your child’s arrest (or the incidents leading to arrest), it is critical to put aside your fear and anger and take the immediate action of hiring the best possible criminal defense attorney available.
Texas Is Tough on All Crimes – Including Those Committed by Juveniles
In accordance with the state’s tough stance on all crimes, Texas law enforcement, judges, and prosecutors have little tolerance for arguments such as, “(s)he was just being a kid.”
If your child is somehow involved in a juvenile crime investigation, he or she may be subject to the harsh realities of the Texas criminal justice system in the following ways:
- Law enforcement officers may question, arrest, and detain minors suspected of committing a crime.
- Depending on the allegations, the state may formally charge a child with one or more juvenile crimes.
- If the court issues “findings of true” with respect to these crimes, a child may face a number of penalties (with varying degrees of severity).
The Juvenile Crimes System Is Anything but Simple
Texas courts handle and resolve juvenile criminal matters through a unique process that includes a combination of civil and criminal proceedings. Specifically, the civil laws found in Title 3 of the Texas Family Code apply to juvenile cases. However, juvenile crimes are also governed by the criminal laws set forth in the Texas Penal Code, as well as the state’s criminal rules of procedure.
This intricate and hybrid system is difficult to navigate, and there are numerous opportunities for juveniles to make missteps along the way. Without proper legal representation, your child’s case can take a terrible turn – quickly.
One example of bad development in your child’s case is if the district attorney’s office obtains enough evidence to allege that your child committed a very serious criminal offense, therefore opening the door to the possibility that your child could be charged and treated as an adult.
A few examples of serious criminal offenses that may prompt prosecutors to request the court’s permission to charge a child as an adult include the following:
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Aggravated robbery
As you can see, your child’s case is nothing to take lightly. A good juvenile crimes defense team will formulate solid legal strategies to not only respond to every challenge – but to do everything possible to prevent and eliminate problems before they begin.
Put your child and your family in the best possible position before the case gets underway. The juvenile crime defense attorneys at The Law Office of Gregory C. Goline possess the knowledge, specialized experience, dedication, and tenacity necessary to help your child resolve his or her case in the best possible manner in light of the specific circumstances.
Juvenile Crime Cases We Handle
Over the years, we have represented kids mixed up in all kinds of situations and predicaments; but some types of cases are more common than others.
Some juvenile crimes we routinely handle include the following:
- Possession of illegal drugs/substances
- Theft, including shoplifting
- Sexual assault
- Underage DWI
- Minor in possession of alcohol/tobacco
- Sexting and juvenile sex crimes
Penalties & Consequences Resulting from Juvenile Crimes
If a juvenile crimes case results in “findings of true,” there are many possible penalties available to the court if and when it comes time to issue such orders.
Juvenile crimes may result in many criminal penalties, administrative issues, and other significant challenges, including but not limited to the following:
- Creation or expansion of a criminal record
- Informal probation (deferred prosecution)
- Formal probation in the child’s home
- Probation with placement at a secure facility
- Community service
- Loss of driving privileges
- Mandatory counseling
- Decreased number of job and career opportunities
- The ineligibility to apply for certain jobs
- Loss of scholarship awards
- Loss of many academic and athletic privileges, such as expulsion from sports teams, clubs, and even from some schools
- The ineligibility to apply for acceptance at certain educational programs and colleges
- Potential ineligibility to enter the military
- Placement at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (prison for minors)
- Damaged or destroyed relationships with family members, friends, teachers, and many other people
Not all juvenile cases result in these consequences and the implementation of an aggressive defense strategy is a must in order to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Local, Knowledgeable Representation
The Law Office of Gregory C. Goline is a local firm deeply involved in
the community. For many years, our legal team has gained significant experience
representing the youth of North Texas in hundreds of juvenile crimes cases
of all kinds, including
drug charges and assault. Our cases vary greatly in terms of complexity, and our clients
face a huge range of possible penalties and life consequences.
We help children resolve speeding tickets, and we defend children charged with first-degree felonies.
Numerous Firm Awards & Recognitions
Personalized Representation Focused on Achieving Results
Personalized Care & Attention for All of Our Clients
Respected by Peers within the Legal Community of North Texas
Experience & Familiarity with the Local Court Systems