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.

Schedule your complimentary review by calling (979) 773-7028.

Juvenile crimes often involve charges of:

  • Underage drinking
  • Theft
  • Trespassing
  • Robbery
  • Fighting

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.

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