In Texas, the juvenile system is aimed at rehabilitation instead of punishment. The idea is to allow a child to turn his or her life around early on. This does not mean that your child will not be detained if adjudicated guilty.
The biggest question on your mind may be whether your child will be tried as an adult. The answer to this question depends on your child’s age and the nature and degree of the alleged crime.
Children between the ages of ten and sixteen at the time the alleged crime was committed and who have been accused of misdemeanor level offenses that could reasonably be termed as delinquent behavior (e.g., vandalism) will usually be tried as juveniles.
If the child is accused of a felony, however, the child may be tried as an adult if he or she is at least fifteen years old. Furthermore, a child that is at least fourteen may be tried as an adult if he or she has been accused of an aggravated drug-related felony, a first-degree felony, or a capital felony.
Because the stakes are so high and juvenile proceedings can impact the course of your child’s life, it is important to hire a lawyer experienced in juvenile defense to represent your child. Click here to contact your Dallas juvenile attorneys.