Juvenile in handcuffsThis is the first article in a series which will address the handling of juvenile charges in Austin, Texas. I decided to write on this issue due to the fact that parents can easily feel overwhelmed after their son or daughter has been arrested. This confusion can result in a family not taking immediate action. Failing to take such action, however, can result in a child’s interests not being fully protected. By retaining a criminal defense lawyer sooner, rather than later, you help to ensure that the matter is handled properly. Over the course of this series I will provide information which is meant to help parents to better understand the situation. If you require assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

I will be addressing a number of topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will analyze include:

  • The difference between adult and juvenile charges
  • A youth’s right against unreasonable search and seizure
  • Dealing with cases which involve drugs or alcohol
  • Defending against charges which involve violence
  • Probation for juveniles

There are several reasons why I have chosen to address these topics. First, the adult system is considered “criminal” in nature, while the juvenile system is considered “civil.” To most parents, however, this will seem like a distinction with little practical difference as their child may still face incarceration. Second, youths are often the victim of an unreasonable search and seizure as police officers, unfortunately, sometimes believe that minors will not assert their rights. These violations may result in the discovery of evidence (such as drugs). Third, in cases which involve drugs or alcohol, a youth may be more likely than an adult to receive probation to the different goals of the juvenile system. Fourth, it is important for parents to understand that judges often have little patience for minors who inflict harm upon others. Finally, knowing what to expect from the probation process can help to ensure that your child succeeds.

If your son or daughter has been arrested then it is important that you contact an Austin juvenile defense lawyer as soon as possible. It is important to understand that your child is now “in the system” and that their rights need to be protected. By retaining experienced counsel, you may help your child to ensure that their future is not impacted. I have been licensed to practice law since 1995 and am certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in criminal law. I pride myself on providing quality service. Contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation. I also serves 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.