The juvenile law system is in place to protect all those affected by crimes committed by a minor. In the eyes of the law, there is no age limit when it comes to committing a crime. Crimes such as shoplifting, vandalism, minor consumption of alcohol, underage drinking and driving, illegal substance abuse or even more serious crimes such as assault, murder and date rape are all crimes that can fall under the jurisdiction of juvenile law.
Charges against a minor can have both short term and long term consequences. While allegations and accusations may result in repercussions such as immediate removal from school or a child becoming a victim of bullying, criminal charges can have devastating long term affects. The one constant between both long and short-term consequences is that all juvenile crimes can be detrimental to a child's future.
While having a record may make it very difficult for a convicted juvenile to find employment or to get into a school to further their education, it is important to exhaust all avenues in order to preserve your child's future. Depending on the factors surrounding their case, it may be possible to have a record sealed.
In addition to having a record, if convicted, a minor may potentially face prison time in a Texas Youth Commission facility. Alternatively, depending on the case, there may be other options available. In some instances, young offenders may be admitted to a diversion program instead of facing possible jail time. Being charged with a crime is a serious matter and being convicted of that crime can be devastating to all those involved. However, if you have a child facing charges, seeking proper legal representation can help you protect your child's future.