This post is being written to conclude and recap my series on the handling of juvenile-related charges in Austin, Texas. It is understandable that parents may not know what steps to immediately take after their son or daughter has been arrested. It is also understandable that such parents may feel panicked and worried about the future. The goal of my last several articles has been to provide information which will help such parents to better understand their situations. It has also been my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a juvenile defense lawyer. If your son or daughter has been arrested then contact my office today to speak with an attorney.
I have addressed a number of topics over my recent articles. The issues which I have explained include:
- How adult criminal cases differ from juvenile matters
- A juvenile’s rights against unreasonable search and seizures
- Juvenile-related charges involving drugs or alcohol
- Juvenile charges involving crimes of violence
- What to expect when a youth is on probation or a diversion program
There were several reasons why I chose to address these topics. First, the adult and juvenile systems are technically different due to the former’s being considered “criminal” in nature while the latter is considered “civil.” To many parents, however, this distinction will have no practical difference; a child will still face the legal system and will potentially be incarcerated. Second, it is not uncommon for children to be the target of an illegal search by law enforcement. Fortunately, the Fourth Amendment’s protections apply to children. Third, a Court’s approach to matters involving drugs or alcohol can, depending on the facts, be quite different from the approach taken in matters which involve violence. Finally, knowing what to expect from the probationary process can help a parent to ensure that their child succeeds.
One point I stressed through each of these articles is that parents should contact an experienced juvenile defense lawyer immediately if their child has been arrested. How the matter proceeds can have a serious impact on the future of your son or daughter. As an Austin attorney, I am experienced in handling such matters. My office understands the gravity of such situations and we will make your matter a priority. Contact us today for assistance. I also serve the cities of Rollingwood, Round Rock, Elgin, Jonestown, Manor, Bee Cave, Lago Vista, Sunset Valley, Lakeway, Creedmoor, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Leander, and San Marcos, Texas.