Juvenile Defense Lawyers in Wise County, Texas
For more than 35 years, families throughout the state of Texas have turned to The Law Office of Steven Williams to represent their children and families in times of trouble. As experienced attorneys in both juvenile and criminal law, the lawyers with the Law Offices of Steven Williams are some of the few attorneys in Texas with the breadth of knowledge and experience to represent children and teenagers accused of a variety of offenses. We are experienced, aggressive advocates who defend juveniles with a passion, because we know that defending juveniles is a complex and multi-disciplinary practice that involves knowledge of criminal, civil, and family codes and procedures. In other words, the lawyers of the Law Offices of Steven Williams have the knowledge and experience that you not only want, but that you NEED!
The attorneys of the Law Offices of Steven Williams have handled criminal cases involving serious criminal offenses, such as aggravated sexual assault, aggravated robbery and indecency with a child. Texas juvenile law requires an extensive familiarity with other issues as well, such as the psychological and psycho-social development of adolescents. All of these factors must be thoroughly evaluated for successful defense of juvenile crimes, regardless of the offense charged. Some of the more common offenses for which juveniles are charged, include, but are not limited to the following:
- Malicious mischief;
- Underage drinking or use of tobacco;
- Minor in Consumption of Alcohol or Tobacco;
- Minor in Possession of Alcohol or Tobacco;
- Underage DUI;
- Drug possession;
- Gang crimes;
- Sex crimes/Statutory Rape;
- Criminal Trespass;
- Street fights, school fights, and bar fights;
- Breaking and entering;
- Curfew violations;
- Vandalism or Disorderly Conduct;
- Public Intoxication;
- Various traffic violations.
A very common and very serious substantive area of juvenile defense law concerns sex offense allegations. This is a very delicate and intricate aspect of juvenile law that requires careful, sensitive, and thorough investigation, discovery, and development of the evidence. If a juvenile is unfortunately convicted of this type of allegation, there are many strategies for exempting juveniles from sex offender registration and notification requirements, so as to prevent the crime from following them throughout their entire life.
Juveniles tried as adults and special diversion programs
There are two types of juvenile criminal cases that permit more serious adult-type penalties for juvenile offenders. First is that of certification and transfer hearings that can result in juvenile jurisdiction being waived and the juvenile being transferred for prosecution as an adult. This means a juvenile could face the same consequences as if an adult had committed the crime and be sentenced under adult sentencing ranges to serve real penitentiary time in an adult prison. The second is that of determinate sentencing. The Texas Family Code sets out certain aggravated juvenile criminal offenses that can result in penalties of up to 40 years. Initially, the juvenile will be placed in the juvenile detention system, but when they reach the age of 18, the juvenile can be transferred to adult prison for the remaining balance of the sentence.
There are two main legal provisions, pre-trial diversion and deferred adjudication, that can often enable a juvenile offender to avoid an adjudication (and, hence, a juvenile record) by agreement with the prosecutor. There are also a wide variety of pretrial matters and motions that can be filed in juvenile case, including challenges to juvenile confessions, search and seizure issues, mental illness and retardation proceedings, and special education and other school issues. All of these areas must be considered in the handling of a juvenile criminal case.
The attorneys with the Law Offices of Steven Williams is a criminal defense attorney who has the experience to provide the best representation available for juvenile facing criminal charges, and we will fight for your child’s rights in all aspects of these difficult juvenile proceedings. If your child has been charged with or accused of a juvenile offense, please call us at (940) 627-6060 for your free initial consultation!Don’t let a chance to ensure the best defense for your child’s future pass you and your child by. Reach out today and call us today for your child’s sake!