Texas Juvenile Court Process

In Texas, a juvenile can be taken into custody for any offense or in any situation for which an adult can be arrested. Although the goals of juvenile court may differ from traditional criminal court in Texas, the processes do have similarities in application.

Although juvenile court tends not to come with the same penalties that an adult would have to deal with if convicted of a crime, it is still a very serious process in the eyes of the Texas legal system. Because of this, it would be in your best interest to approach this situation with the help of a criminal defense attorney who can effectively represent your child, allowing him or her to go through the process, learn from their mistakes and move on with life.

Dallas Juvenile Attorney

If your child is currently being charged as a juvenile for a criminal offense in north Texas, take the steps necessary to protect them and their future by working with a defense lawyer during this difficult and stressful time. An attorney will be able to advise you on what needs to be done, ensuring that the process will be handled in the correct manner.

The attorneys at Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy have extensive experience in dealing with the juvenile court process and can be counted on to provide excellent client service while making certain your child is treated fairly.

Call (972) 233-5700 to schedule a free and confidential consultation with Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy today. The legal team proudly represents individuals from the north Texas counties of Dallas, Collin, Wise, Johnson, Tarrant, Denton, Ellis and Rockwall.


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Juvenile Court Process in Texas

Custody/Intake – At this point, the juvenile will be brought in for the alleged offense. The intake process is known as prosecution in the criminal courts. The court will look at factors such as the evidence, the severity of the offense and the youth’s previous criminal record/court history. After these considerations, the case will either be dismissed or continue with an adjudication hearing.

The court generally considers whether the youth may be helped by rehabilitative treatment in the juvenile system, has already been adjudicated a number of times with unsuccessful results or if the crime committed was so serious that the juvenile justice system cannot rehabilitate the youth in the time period available to the court. Once the court makes a determination on the petitions, the youth will either stay in juvenile court or transfer to adult criminal court.

Adjudication – If the minor remains in juvenile court, an adjudication hearing will take place. The judge will make a determination based on the evidence presented to the court. If the child is adjudicated as a delinquent, the disposition hearing will follow.

Dispositional Hearing – In an informal disposition, the juvenile will agree to certain conditions for a specific period of time. There will be a signed agreement and a probation officer will monitor the youths’ compliance with the agreed upon conditions.

In a formal disposition, the court will consider a disposition plan, or probation recommendations. The prosecutor and the juvenile may also present any agreement they have reached to the judge for his or her consideration. The judge’s disposition decision is based on the plans presented to the court. The disposition plan may contain a variety of requirements, such as: counseling, detention center confinement, community service or restitution

Aftercare – If placement in a correctional facility is ordered, aftercare will be mandatory after release. Aftercare is similar to parole, the child will be monitored by the court or the corrections department and actions will be taken if the juvenile does not meet the requirements of aftercare.


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Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy | Dallas County Juvenile Arrest Lawyer

If you child has been accused of a criminal act and is currently dealing with the juvenile court process in North Texas, the criminal defense attorneys in Dallas at Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy can help. Committed to protecting the rights of all those they represent, the legal team refuses to allow the Texas court system to take advantage of, or punish juveniles unfairly for their actions.

Working with this experienced firm will give you a much greater opportunity to argue your child’s case, effectively increasing his or her chances to get the charges reduced or dismissed.

Call (972) 233-5700 or fill out an online form to schedule a free and confidential consultation to go over the specifics of your case. Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy proudly represent individuals in and around the north Texas cities of Dallas, Garland, Irving, Carrollton, Richardson, DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Farmers Branch, Addison, Plano, Allen, Wylie, Decatur, Boyd, Cleburne, Fort Worth and Arlington, among many others.


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