Houston Juvenile Lawyer James Sullivan defends children in courts throughout southeast Texas. Serving Greater Houston since 1994. Board Certified in Juvenile Law. Call (281) 546-6428 for a free phone consultation.
What is Going to Happen to My Child if He Is Found Guilty?
Actually, your child cannot be found guilty because juvenile
proceedings are consider civil in nature. Instead, children are said to
"have engaged in delinquent conduct" if the jury or judge finds beyond a
reasonable doubt that the child committed an offense. This may seem
like just semantics but it is a distinction that will benefit your child
down the road. This is especially true when your child goes to apply
for a job. Most job applications have the question as to whether or not
the applicant has been "convicted" of a crime. Because a juvenile has
not been convicted, he may legally answer no.
end result of a disposition hearing if a child is found to have engaged
in delinquent conduct can range from a 6 month probation with the child
remaining in the home to commitment in the TJJD (Texas Juvenile Justice Department). In some serious felony cases, the child may even face transfer or certification to stand trial as an adult in the criminal district court.
juvenile defense attorney can give your more information for your
particular case based upon the offense charged and the child's history
of conduct. To contact a board certified Juvenile Law Attorney, you can
call Houston Lawyer Jim Sullivan right now at 281-546-6428.