Lewisville Juvenile Crimes Attorneys
In their youth, most people do at least a few things that they later come to regret, but it is the goal of our Lewisville juvenile crimes lawyers at Alexander & Associates to help limit the potential consequences of such actions. As the consequences of a juvenile crime conviction may have long-lasting or even permanent effect on a variety of different facets of a person’s life, we believe in fighting the charges aggressively.
If you or your child has been charged with a juvenile crime, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible to begin developing a defense strategy. Contact the Lewisville juvenile crimes lawyers of Alexander & Associates at (972) 420-6560 today to speak with a qualified legal professional about the details of your case and learn more about what we can do to help you fight these charges.
Our Practice Areas
At Alexander & Associates, our experienced legal team knows what it takes to represent clients in a wide range of different juvenile crime cases. We have years of experience helping juveniles fight the following charges:
- Drunk Driving
- Traffic Violations
- Sexual Assault
- Property Damage/Vandalism
- Minor in Possession
- Minor in Consumption
- Public Intoxication
- Drug Crimes
Unfortunately, a conviction of these and other criminal accusations can ruin a young person’s life before it really begins. We know how easy it can be to make a mistake at a young age; thus, we fight diligently to give a juvenile the best chance at having their charges reduced or dropped.
If you or someone you know has been charged with any type of juvenile crime, you need a lawyer on your side to ensure that your case has the best possible outcome. Contact the Lewisville juvenile crime attorneys of Alexander & Associates today at (972) 420-6560 to learn more about how our qualified legal representatives can defend your rights and interests under the law.
Juvenile Crimes FAQs
Can someone under 18 be tried as an adult?
In the state of Texas, juveniles are considered older than 10 but younger than 18; however in certain cases, usually with serious crimes, minors can be tried in the adult court system. For a child to be transferred from the juvenile court system to the adult court system, a discretionary waiver must be used, which allows the juvenile court to waive its exclusive jurisdiction over the child in question. In order for a transfer to occur, there must be probable cause to believe the juvenile committed the crime and the nature of the crime must be serious enough to merit the transfer. Additionally, if the child is successfully transferred to the adult court system, they will be tried as an adult for any additional crimes for which they may be tried.
What are some potential penalties I could face if convicted?
The penalties you could face if convicted depend heavily on the crime you committed and its severity but may involve spending time in a juvenile correctional facility, hefty fines, community service, ankle monitoring, or misdemeanor or felony charges. Additionally, there may be specific penalties depending on the nature of the crime, such as the suspension of your license in cases involving possession of drugs or alcohol or certain traffic violations. Juvenile crime penalties can be as serious as adult charges and should be treated with the gravity they deserve and with the help of a qualified criminal defense attorney.
Are there any alternatives to juvenile detention?
Depending on the severity of your charges and the specifics of your case, a judge may not sentence you to juvenile detention, but sentence you to any one of a number of alternatives. Some of these alternatives include halfway houses, substance abuse treatment centers, probation, house arrest, and community service. If you are a first time offender or the judge believes you may better benefit from these alternatives, such as is often the case in situations involving substances, you may be able to avoid juvenile detention. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side will increase your chances of avoiding a detention center, making it imperative to have knowledgeable legal counsel on your side.