Juvenile Crimes Charges Defense

Unfortunately, by their very nature, children make mistakes all the time.  But when those mistakes rise to the level of possible criminal activity, it’s important to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that the juvenile not only receives fair and impartial treatment, but also that whatever mistakes they have made do not hang over them for the rest of their lives.

Mounting an Effective Juvenile Crimes Defense

According to statistics, more than 130,000 Texas children will enter the state juvenile justice system every year.  Minor violations may be dealt with just a warning depending on the offense. However, in other cases, to protect the public and to help prevent further offenses in the future, the case may be forwarded to juvenile probation officials. 

Depending on the nature of the infraction, officials will try to take into consideration the interests of the child, as well as his victims and the greater community at large.  This means that there is the possibility of finding diversionary programs to keep a juvenile from becoming a habitual offender.  In turn, that means that a skilled lawyer such as George C. Ruiz can help make a persuasive case that minimizes the long-term impacts that a harsh punishment would impose.

Depending on the crime, juveniles will probably face some combination of rehabilitation and punishment.  In cases where serious violence is involved, a prosecutor may ask the court to try the juvenile as an adult.  This is why it is important to have a skilled attorney on your side as early as possible.  The prospects of being tried as an adult are daunting and can carry a much harsher punishment than those connected with juvenile punishments.

Many states define being a juvenile as someone who is 18 years or younger.  However, in Texas, the state recognizes that a juvenile is someone who is age 17 and younger.  The good news is that in most cases when a defendant is deemed a juvenile, cases are handled in civil, and not criminal, proceedings.  Texas laws regarding juveniles are governed by “The Juvenile Justice Code” which is a part of the Texas family code.

Ironically, getting into trouble with the law can sometimes provide an effective pathway to resolving problems.  This is because several resources are usually made available to parents through the courts.  However, because a juvenile’s parents are required by law to ensure their child’s compliance with court-ordered plans and programs; it is important to have the guidance of a juvenile defense lawyer to ensure that you fully understand the implications and what is expected of each member of the family. 

The Law Office of George C. Ruiz serves clients in San Antonio, New Braunfels, Schertz, La Vernia, Seguin, Leon Valley, and other nearby Texas communities.