Juvenile Crime Defense
Experienced Attorneys in the College Station & Bryan Area
Is your child being accused of committing a juvenile crime? If so, it is
essential that you reach out to a defense attorney as soon as possible
to protect their rights and future. At The Law Office of Shane Phelps,
P.C., our College Station criminal lawyers have the skill and decades
of experience to help you. We care about you and your family, and will
do whatever we can to make sure your child does not have to live with
the negative impacts of a criminal conviction.
by calling (979) 773-7028.
Juvenile crimes often involve charges of:
- Underage drinking
When a child reaches the age of 10 years old, the child becomes accountable
for offenses they commit through the Juvenile Justice System under the
Texas Family Code. The juvenile system is very different from the adult
system in both philosophical emphasis and punishment. In the Juvenile
system, children are not considered "criminals." Instead, they
"engage in delinquent conduct" and may be "in need of supervision."
While a child can be tried for committing a criminal offense, the jury
does not return a verdict of guilty or not guilty. Jurors, or judges in
some instances, simply determine whether the allegations made by the state
of Texas in a petition (as in a civil suit) are true or not true. If true,
a range of consequences are possible, from almost nothing to incarceration
in the Texas Youth Commission (basically, prison for children). There
are some limited circumstances, however, where certain children can be
"certified" to stand trial as an adult and can face adult punishment,
up to and including prison. It can be a complicated process. If your child
is being investigated or has been detained and a petition has been filed
against him or her, you need to retain effective counsel.
About Our Founding Lawyer
Our founder, Shane Phelps, left the Brazos County District Attorney's
Office after 10 years where he served as First Assistant, supervising
all the divisions of the District Attorney's Office, including the
Juvenile Crimes Division. As Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice
from 1999-2001, Shane supervised 11 criminal justice divisions of the
Texas Attorney General's Office, including the Juvenile Crimes Division.
He is also a
Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This means we offer expert
counsel for your needs.
For emergency representation,
call (979) 217-4035 today.