Juvenile Offenses

Juvenile Lawyer In El Paso

Juvenile criminal cases are very serious matters that should not be taken lightly. A conviction for a minor can have a serious impact on the minor's life moving forward. Having legal representation is extremely important for any juvenile criminal charge a minor may be facing in Texas.

We're here to assist you through the difficult Texas criminal justice system and give you the competent, devoted legal defense you need if your child has been charged with a juvenile offense in Texas. We're ideally positioned to assist you through tough and complex circumstances as professionals with more than one decade of expertise in criminal law. We are dedicated to defending our clients against criminal accusations, including juvenile offenses.

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Common Juvenile Offenses In El Paso

In the state of Texas, there are many different types of offenses that a minor can be charged with. The most common juvenile offenses that we defend are:

  • Buying, Possessing, or Consuming Alcohol: Alcohol-related offenses are another category of crimes that minors can be charged with. It is illegal for individuals under the age of 21 to buy, possess, or consume alcohol. Possession of alcohol or being intoxicated can lead to criminal charges.

  • DUIs: When underage drinking leads to DUI, a convicted teenager could be sentenced to up to 180 days in jail, a maximum fine of $2,000, and have their driver's license suspended.

  • Drug Offenses: Drug offenses can range from possessing a small amount of marijuana to selling or distributing drugs. If a minor's drug crime involves large quantities or any amount of controlled substances, they may be charged as an adult.

  • Theft: Although young people who steal inexpensive items may avoid severe punishments, those who steal high-value items or are repeat offenders are more likely to be imprisoned.

  • Vandalism: Vandalism, which involves damaging private or public property, is a common offense among juveniles. If the property is worth $100 or less, most teens are fined. However, penalties increase based on the value and amount of damage associated with the offense.
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Penalties For Juvenile Offenses

According to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD), minors who commit crimes receive "treatment and rehabilitation" as a protective measure rather than punishment. However, a minor who is found guilty of a crime may face up to 40 years of imprisonment, depending on the offense and their previous criminal history. In certain cases, juveniles can also be charged as adults.

The court and probation departments in Texas have a wide range of punishment options available, depending on the child's age, the nature of the crime, and their prior criminal behavior. These options include:

  • Supervisory Caution: The probation department offers counseling assistance to the minor, and they may also refer the child and their family to social services.

  • Deferred Prosecution: If a minor is convicted of a crime, they may be able to avoid prosecution by complying with the terms of a voluntary probation period that lasts six months.

  • Detention: Juvenile defendants may be held in one of the 22 facilities of the Texas Youth Commission until they reach the age of 21.

  • Imprisonment: Upon completion of their juvenile sentence, a minor may be transferred to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice based on their prior criminal history and the severity of the offense they committed.

  • Probation: Minor defendants have the option of being placed on probation either at home, in foster care, or in a state juvenile institution, with the terms and conditions of probation varying according to the case. Some of the conditions of probation could include mandatory community service, a curfew, and loss of driving privileges.

  • Restitution: Restitution to the victim or their family is often required as part of the consequences of a theft conviction.

  • Community Service: Community service can be given as an independent sentence or as a requirement for probation or early release.

Juvenile Defense Lawyer in El Paso

If your child has been charged with a juvenile offense, you'll need to retain a criminal defense attorney who knows how to handle these types of cases. We have successfully defended and protected the rights of people and the community of El Paso.

Alyssa Nava is a former prosecuting attorney that helps the people of El Paso against criminal charges. With a wide range of experience in criminal defense cases, Alyssa Nava can properly defend her clients and get the best results possible based on the charges. Take advantage of our free consultation by contacting us today.

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The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. Nava Law Texas's legal team is licensed to practice law in Texas. We invite you to contact us, but please be aware that contacting us does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until an attorney-client relationship has been established.

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