Experienced Galveston Juvenile Crimes Attorneys
In Galveston, facing any type of criminal charges is a serious matter, regardless of your age. For children and teens under the age of 17, a conviction for even a petty crime could result in severe penalties, impacting their education and future prospects, along with their ability to remain in your home. At Scott M. Brown & Associates, our Galveston criminal defense lawyers provide the aggressive legal representation you need when your child has been accused or charged with a crime. We act as a strong legal advocate on their behalf, helping to protect them and your family as a whole.
Young people have a tendency to make poor choices in the spur of the moment, out of defiance, or as part of trying to fit in with a specific crowd. Unfortunately, they often lack the maturity to realize the potential consequences of their actions, or the impact it could have on them and their future. Whether they face charges for juvenile crimes as the result of their behavior or due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time, it is important to get the professional legal guidance they need to avoid a criminal conviction.
Juvenile crimes in our area are generally handled through the Galveston County Juvenile Justice Department. At Scott M. Brown & Associates, our criminal defense lawyers aggressively defend the interests of young clients who face charges in the following types of cases:
- Theft crimes, including robbery, petty theft, and shoplifting;
- Vandalism, trespassing, and property crimes;
- Assault and battery;
- Sexually based crimes, including sexual assault and harassment;
- Internet crimes, including fraud and making terroristic threats;
- Alcohol infractions and drug-based crimes;
- Truancy and disruptive conduct at school.
Without a strong legal defense, your child could face heavy fines, mandatory community service and counseling, along with detention in a juvenile facility. A conviction could end up leaving you helpless to protect them as a parent, so the time to act is as soon as criminal accusations are made.
Procedures for handling juvenile crimes in Texas are outlined in the state Juvenile Justice Handbook. These guidelines cover young people between the ages of 10 and 17, and for those who are 18 and are alleged to have committed a crime at a younger age.
For minor crimes, your child may receive a warning notice and a summons to appear in court at a later date. In more serious matters, law enforcement may take your child into custody, where they will be detained at a juvenile processing office for up to six hours. They are permitted to be accompanied by a parent or lawyer and you should consult with our office first, before allowing them to make any statements.
It is important to reach out and contact Scott M. Brown & Associates as early as possible in your child’s case. We can immediately begin gathering evidence on their behalf, while protecting their rights and speaking with law enforcement officials and prosecuting attorneys about their charges. Call or contact us online to request a consultation today.