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What Happens at a Juvenile Detention Hearing?

If your child has been arrested, you have probably been informed that he or she will be having a “juvenile detention hearing.”  If your child was arrested in Collin County this hearing will probably be held at the John R Roach Detention Center.  Under Chapter 54 of the Texas Family Code, your child is entitled […]


Sealing Juvenile Records

What is “sealing” a juvenile record? Under Texas Family Code Chapter 58, sealing your juvenile record releases you from the requirement that you disclose your involvement in your juvenile proceedings to any employer, state licensing, or anyone else. What happens if my record is not sealed? If you do not have your record sealed anyone […]


Will My Child Be Tried as an Adult?

Oftentimes we hear about cases where a juvenile will be “tried as an adult.”  What does that mean?  It means that the juvenile court, which would otherwise have had jurisdiction in the child’s case, waives its jurisdiction and transfers the case to an adult district court, where the child is treated as an adult.  Juveniles […]


What Happens on Juvenile Probation?

Juvenile cases often end in some type of probation, so if your child is going through the juvenile criminal justice system, it is worth taking the time to learn what can be required as a condition of juvenile probation. If your child is considering resolving the case in a way that involves probation, the court […]


What Is Deferred Prosecution for Juveniles?

One very common outcome in juvenile cases is what is called “deferred prosecution” governed by Texas Family Code 53.03.  Deferred prosecution essentially dismisses the charges in exchange for serving probation.  When entering a deferred prosecution deal with the prosecutors, the juvenile doesn’t even have to admit guilt.  The case against the juvenile is paused while […]


What Should I Do Now That My Child Has Been Arrested or Detained?

Once your child is in the criminal justice system, it is only natural that you would have questions about what to do next.  First of all, it is important to know what information you are entitled to.  Well-intentioned law enforcement officers will invariably share facts of the case with you – and you shouldn’t be […]