Please realize the information contained on this web site should not be construed as legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship between us. It is simply here as a means for me to provide you some basic information for you to use when deciding on whether or not you need to hire an attorney. Because each case is different, it would be impossible for us to provide legal advice on a web site.
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Misdemeanor - Felony - State - Federal - Adult - Juvenile
Exercise your RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT! ANYTHING YOU
SAY CAN AND WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU. Very little you say to the police will help you. I have seen many a case where the defendant
gave all the evidence the police needed to arrest and convict. The best thing you can say when the police question you is "I want
to speak to an attorney before answering your questions."
In 2006 and 2007, NONE of our clients were convicted in adult criminal
cases. All had charges dismissed or were granted deferred adjudication.*
Juvenile Justice - Crimes by Juveniles
Juvenile crime is every parent's nightmare. Your child is arrested for a crime and has been taken to the juvenile
detention center. If your child is not released into your custody, the court will conduct a detention hearing within two business
days. As a practical matter this means you will have a detention hearing either on Monday or Thursday. If your child is not released
another detention hearing will be held every 10 days. While this process is happening, the state will begin its case against your
child, which may involve charges being brought against your child. Your child has a right to a trial by jury, trial by judge, or can
accept a plea bargain agreement. If, after a trail or plea bargain, your child is found to have engaged in delinquent conduct (in
other words, found guilty) punishment will be assessed. Punishment range is: probation in the home, probation out of the home (such
as a boot camp program), or incarceration in the Texas Youth Commission. If your child has committed a serious offense, your child
could be transferred to adult prison after serving time in TYC or your child could be tried as an adult.
Because of the serious nature
of a criminal accusation against your child, we recommend you hire an attorney who is familiar with juvenile criminal work and who
has a good working relationship with the probation officers, the juvenile prosecutor, and the juvenile judge.
* results in someone elses case are no guarantee in your case. Every case is different. We fight hard for you within the limits of the law but cannot guarantee acquittal, dismissal, or deferred adjudication in every case.