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Category: Juvenile Crimes

Apr 24

“Raise the Age” Policy Efforts: The Difference a Year Could Make

Juvenile Crimes

The Texas Juvenile Justice System is tasked with overseeing the handling and prosecution of juvenile offenders. As in other states around the US, Texas has special laws covering juvenile crimes.

These laws govern everything from how crimes are prosecuted and punishments, to who is considered a juvenile…and recently, there have been some major changes.

Specifically, legislators and advocates are addressing the Texas Juvenile Justice System and its practices in the handling of juvenile crimes. It comes in the form of an initiative known as “Raise the Age,” and it proposes to change the legal definition of a juvenile.

The “Raise the Age” Policy in Texas

As the name implies, “Raise the Age” policy proposes to raise the [...]

Oct 25

The Crimes That Texas Juveniles Most Commonly Commit

Disorderly Conduct | Juvenile Crimes | Vandalism

Growing up isn’t easy. Even when you can count your blessings on more than two hands, your child still has to learn to navigate this world one way or another, and that takes time – and practice.

Experience tells us that stumbling is inevitable. As parents, it is our job to provide guidance where they’ll listen and protection when we can.

One way to do that is by understanding the likely pitfalls on your child’s journey. Including the possibility of them engaging in criminal acts. This short guide to the most common juvenile crimes among Texas children is a great place to start.

Traditional Juvenile Delinquencies in Texas

All of the activities we think about when someone mentions the term [...]

Mar 17

From Juvenile Crime to Adult Court in Texas – How It Works

Juvenile Crimes

When someone is accused of a juvenile crime, there are certain instances in which the case can be transferred to an adult court. In Texas, this is a two-part process.

The first part of a transfer is an evaluation of the case against Texas criminal law. The second is a more subjective evaluation of the circumstances and the juvenile party involved in the case.

If your child is facing juvenile crime charges, and you are unsure about whether or why their case may be under consideration for transfer into the adult court system, a knowledgeable Texas criminal defense attorney will be about to review the case and offer advice.

In this post, we will review how the transfer of [...]

Oct 15

Will Your Texas Teen Be Arrested This Halloween?

Criminal Mischief | Disorderly Conduct | Halloween | Juvenile Crimes | Minor in Possession | Trespassing

For parents of younger children, Halloween is often one of the most fun holidays. Maybe you’ll get to see your child dressed up in a Halloween parade. Or get to see their amazed expressions as decorations go up around the neighborhood.

It’s not quite the same with older adolescents and teens. While younger kids tend to be all about the candy, bigger ones tend to see the night as an opportunity to let loose and cause some mischief with their friends.

Unfortunately, this mischief could result in an arrest for your teenager depending on their “trick” of choice. The following charges are often given to Texas teens who play pranks or otherwise get a bit too wild on Halloween. If [...]

Dec 8

What It Means to Face a Texas Minor in Possession Charge

Juvenile Crimes | Minor in Possession

If you or your child are facing a minor in possession charge in Texas, you need to understand what the law says and what penalties are associated with a conviction.

Below, we’re going to discuss what the law says and how an experienced Fort Worth criminal attorney can help you.

The Texas Minor in Possession Law

Texas law prohibits a minor under the age of 21 from engaging in the following acts:

  • Buying alcohol
  • Possessing alcohol
  • Consuming alcohol
  • Intentionally using false information to obtain alcohol
  • Driving or operating a motor vehicle or watercraft while under the influence of alcohol
  • Importation or possession with intent to import alcohol into the state of Texas

Are There Exemptions?

Only four exemptions exist [...]

Nov 24

How YODA Helps Tarrant County Juveniles Who Have Been Charged

Juvenile Crimes | YODA

When you’re a teen or young adult, emotions tend to run high. Sometimes, it does not take a whole lot to make you angry. Physical altercations even come easier because juveniles often act without really thinking things through.

Obviously, if a juvenile breaks the law, they need to face consequences. However, that should not be the end goal. With juveniles especially, our society wants to educate and rehabilitate rather than merely incarcerating.

Unfortunately, there is a big question right now about whether the type of consequences typically imposed by the Texas Juvenile Justice System actually work.

How the Traditional Texas Juvenile Justice System Works

Here are the basic steps involved in the traditional Texas juvenile justice system.

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