A charge and certainly a conviction can haunt your juvenile’s life. If you find that your juvenile is charged with possession, charged with DWI, charged with theft, or charged with other offenses, call me to begin the damage control process. After 20 years as a classroom teacher, I appreciate the complications of a teenager’s life. Watching teenager’s transitions to college, the work force or into the armed forces after high school, I understand that a conviction has the potential to cause permanent damage to any child’s record and I am sensitive to the importance of a good outcome. Don’t fall for false promises. Go with an attorney who understands juveniles and who knows how to make the system work for them.
Do not make the mistake of dealing with the prosecutor without the assistance of a juvenile defense attorney. A detention hearing is the first time in the justice process that a child must be represented by a lawyer. It is in your and your child’s best interest to choose a lawyer, rather than having one provided for you. I am dedicated to assisting families of juveniles charged with crimes.
You need options and someone to explain those options with your child’s future in mind. Perhaps the biggest difference between juvenile and adult justice systems in Texas is that the Juvenile Justice system is designed to rehabilitate the child while also teaching the child to modify his or her behavior patterns through punishment. Contrarily, the adult justice system is primarily focused on punishment — not rehabilitation. Considering this, when needed I have been able to work out agreements with the district attorney that will allows my clients to pay their debt to society through counseling, out-of-home placement, anger management, and other supportive programs.