A juvenile record in Texas can cause significant damage to a child’s future, crippling their chances to enter the military, find employment, obtain a state license, or enter the college of their choice.
As a parent, receiving a call or a knock at the door informing you that your child has been arrested can be devastating. Suddenly, your family faces an uncertain future, and it’s common for your mind to jump to the worst-case scenario. Before you lose all hope, reach out to a dedicated and experienced juvenile defense attorney who can assess the specifics of your situation and help you understand what to expect at every step of the criminal justice process. The Texas juvenile court system differs in several notable ways from the adult criminal justice system, so it’s essential to enlist the guidance of an attorney who knows how to navigate the unique set of rules and procedures. Working with a knowledgeable and skilled attorney can mean the difference between your child learning a valuable lesson and continuing to pay for their mistakes well into adulthood. Seasoned juvenile defense attorney Keith G. Allen is ready to advocate passionately for your child’s best interests at every turn.
Texas law recognizes a wide range of criminal offenses. As with adult criminal offenses, juvenile crimes may include several different charges, ranging from drug-related offenses to assault. Below are just a few of the juvenile crimes that our firm takes on, working hard to protect your child’s legal rights and keep their future as bright as possible.
No matter how dire the situation appears, you can trust that Keith Allen will assess every detail of the case and determine the most successful defensive strategy to protect your child’s best interests.
Those unfamiliar with the Texas juvenile court system may not know what to expect at each step of the process. We’re ready to walk you through every phase of the proceedings, defending your child’s rights and best interests along the way. Most juvenile cases occur before a judge alone, but the defendant has the right to request a jury trial. In either case, the judge or jury will determine whether the charge (also referred to as the petition) is proven or not proven. Should the court find that the petition is proven, the defendant will attend a Disposition Hearing, where the judge will determine the nature and extent of any punitive measures required of the defendant as a result of their crime. With a skilled juvenile defense attorney in your corner, you can trust that he will advocate tirelessly for an outcome that supports your child’s best interests instead of a harsh penalty that severely limits their future prospects.
Under Texas law, police officers may arrest juveniles for the same crimes as adults. In some cases, prosecutors may work to have a juvenile tried as an adult. As a parent, few things are more frightening and overwhelming than having your child arrested and charged with committing a criminal offense. Experienced attorney Keith G. Allen understands how stressful and concerned this situation can be for parents, and he remains dedicated to working diligently to protect your child’s future and freedom. He will remain by your side to answer your questions, address your concerns, and understand every option available to you and your child.
Attorney Keith G. Allen recognizes the adverse effects that a juvenile conviction can have on a young person’s future. His comprehensive legal experience and familiarity with the nuances of the Texas juvenile court system enable him to provide each client with the customized and effective legal solutions they need during this difficult time. Now is not the time to leave your child’s future in the hands of fate—don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office as soon as possible so we can start preparing the most robust defense strategy we can.
Having a juvenile record in Texas can negatively impact a child’s future, limiting their employment and education options and making it harder to obtain a state license or enter the military. We’re ready to defend their rights and keep the future as bright as possible.