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Category: Juvenile Crimes

Oct 15
2018

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
2017

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
2017

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.

  1. A report is
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Apr 25
2016

Can Juveniles Be Tried As Adults in Texas?

Juvenile Crimes

Sentencing juveniles as adults may not be in the interest of justice in every case.  Many factors, including the crime itself, must be taken into account when making this decision. While it may be a politically popular decision to make for a district attorney’s office, trying a juvenile as an adult may not be in the best interest of the child. Texas permits a child to be tried as an adult in certain circumstances. Texas law also allows the state to seek a “determinate sentence” of a juvenile. This is the type of sentence Tarrant prosecutors sought for Ethan Couch. Judges face difficult decisions when trying to appropriately sentence a juvenile because many factors, including the age of the child, [...]

Apr 25
2016

Ethan Couch And The Juvenile Justice System In Texas

Juvenile Crimes

Tarrant County resident Ethan Couch and his despicable behavior has drawn national attention. His case has also focused a white-hot spotlight on the juvenile justice system. The case has further solidified what many believe to be true. On its face, the saga of Ethan Couch proves that two justice systems operate in this country: one for the rich and one for the rest of us. Couch’s lawyers fought hard for a sentence that would both punish and rehabilitate him. Judge Jean Boyd gave him that chance and he blew it. Couch’s flight to Mexico then opposing extradition renewed the argument. However, his subsequent capture and incarceration may finally level the scales of justice for his victim’s families.

District Court Judge [...]

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