When children are charged with engaging in delinquent activity, promptly contact an experienced juvenile defense attorney.
Hiring a defense attorney may be the only way to ensure minors’ rights are protected when they face delinquency charges.
Just as it is important for adults to seek legal representation when they are accused of criminal misconduct, it is vital for minors to have access to the same representation whenever they face charges of criminal or delinquent activity. Juvenile law in the United States is distinctive because it integrates aspects of civil and criminal law. Therefore, if a situation arises where your child needs representation, it is essential to seek an experienced defense attorney who can navigate the complex nature of juvenile law.
At Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, L.L.P., our juvenile defense attorneys offer proficient legal advice, assistance and representation to parents whose children have been accused of criminal and/or delinquent activity.
About Juvenile Defense Law
Law pertaining to juvenile defense was initially designed to treat juvenile offenders, or individuals between the ages of 10 and 16 years old, as people who needed correction through rehabilitation – not criminal punishment. This being the case, juvenile offenders are not convicted of a crime, per se. The court just recognizes that they engaged in delinquent activity or misconduct and assigns the punishment it deems necessary.
“When children get arrested, they are not released by way of bond or bail. Instead, they are either released into their parents’ custody or detained.”
Unlike adults, when children get arrested, they are not released by way of bond or bail. Instead, they are either released into their parents’ custody or detained depending on the severity of their offense. When the court decides whether to keep juvenile offenders in custody or release them to their parents, it takes into account the gravity of the offense and child’s age. In order to protect your child’s rights and enhance their chances of being released back into your custody following an arrest, it is highly important to have a juvenile defense attorney on your side.
Punishment for Juvenile Offenders
In the state of Texas, punishment for juvenile offenses is based on the Progressive Sanctions Model, which takes into account:
- The child’s previous delinquent activity.
- The severity of the offense.
- The child’s special needs, if any.
- The degree of success in previous behavioral interventions.
Even though juvenile defense law is centered around rehabilitation as opposed to criminal punishment, there is a trend toward harsher punishment in this day and age. In fact, it is not uncommon for prosecutors to seek to try juveniles as adults in court. This means cases involving children aged 14 and older can go to adult court, meaning prison sentences, adult-level punishments and obtaining a criminal record are very real possibilities. Juvenile records can haunt offenders later in life and cause an added degree of difficulty when attempting to go to college, find a job or join the military.
To protect your child’s rights and future, you need sound legal counsel and representation from a certified juvenile defense lawyer. The juvenile law division at Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant knows how to navigate the complex system of juvenile defense and will ensure your child’s rights are protected.
Contact Our Attorneys to Protect Your Child’s Rights
If your child has engaged in delinquent activity and needs top-quality representation, allow us to help you. Call us at (940) 387-3518, or contact our lawyers here to set up a consultation regarding our juvenile defense services.