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Sanction Levels for Juvenile Offenders

When your child gets arrested, you may hear about different “sanction levels.”  That is because the State of Texas has made an effort to make sure juveniles face consequences that are uniform across the state.  Judges are given a lot of “wiggle room” in determining punishment for different offenses, but these sanction levels provide a […]


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 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 […]