Dallas Juvenile Crime Lawyer
We Can Help Defend Your Child Against Harsh Consequences
A juvenile crime is a criminal offense that is committed by an individual
who is below the age of 18. Unlike other types of crimes, which are punishable
with jail time and large fines, juvenile crimes are usually punishable
with counseling and treatment in detention facilities. In the state of
Texas, law enforcement's primary aim is to rehabilitate juvenile offenders
and to prevent them from repeating illegal behaviors.
It is believed that juveniles have a better chance of learning from their
mistakes and moving forward with their lives than adult criminals. Therefore,
sentencing for juvenile crimes tends to be a slightly more lenient, except
in cases where the juvenile is a repeat offender, endangered a victim
or used a
weapon while committing his/her crimes.
If you are under 18 and were arrested, or if you have a child who was taken
into custody by the police, a lawyer at our firm may be able to help you.
Some of the juvenile crime cases we handle include, but are not limited to:
drug crimes, underage drinking,
DUI, vandalism, shoplifting,
assault and battery, gang crimes, and rape.
Information & Facts
- The most commonly committed juvenile crime is underage drinking followed
by drug possession.
- In some states, like Texas, parents can be held liable for their children's
behavior. For example, if a juvenile damages another person's property,
his/her parents may have to pay the property owner for the damage.
- It is reported that 94% of juvenile arrests made each year are for nonviolent crimes.
In some cases, the juvenile may be tried as an adult. This usually happens
if the juvenile is close to the age of 18, has committed prior criminal
offenses or committed a serious crime, like
Once a juvenile has been charged with a criminal offense, his/her parents
are very concerned that the offense will follow his/her child for years
to come. While this can hold true for some juveniles, others will be able
to leave their misdeeds behind them because their parents will have hired
an aggressive lawyer. When parents get involved and obtain the services
of a leading Dallas criminal defense attorney who has extensive juvenile
crime case experience, they will be not only help their child avoid harsh
legal consequences, but also allow their child to leave mistakes where
they belong, in the past.
Contact D'Amore Law Firm today for help in your case!