Juvenile Criminal Charges

Even though juveniles cannot be tried as adults in Texas, they can still be charged with serious crimes. If convicted, a juvenile can face penalties such as fines, time in a juvenile detention center, and community service. These legal consequences can have devastating effects on the future of a youth. However, juvenile defendants and their families have the right to seek legal representation during this difficult time, and a knowledgeable lawyer may be able to have the juvenile criminal charges reduced or even dismissed.

Common Juvenile Charges

Young people of at least ten years of age are expected to obey the same laws as adults as well as adhere to certain restrictions based on their age, such as avoiding alcohol until they are at least 21 years of age. Despite their youth, juveniles can face a number of serious criminal charges, including:

  • Minor in possession (MIP)
  • Minor in consumption (MIC)
  • Public intoxication (PI)
  • Drunk driving
  • Drug crimes
  • Sexual assault
  • Property damage or vandalism
  • Shoplifting
  • Traffic violations

Although most people assume that juvenile crimes cannot affect a person once he or she reaches adulthood, Texas does include these convictions on an individual’s permanent legal record, making it important to meet any juvenile charges with a strong legal defense. However, families may be able to petition the courts later to have these records sealed.

Contact Us

If you or a juvenile you know is facing criminal charges, you should not try to handle these accusations alone. For more information about how we can help you protect your rights and freedoms, contact the experienced attorneys of Alexander & Associates today by calling (972) 420-6560.