Juvenile Crimes in Fort Bend County, TX
Let Attorney Brandon Sims Protect Your Child’s Rights & Future
Getting a call from the police and learning that your child is in custody
is a nightmare for any parent. You may be wondering if your child will
face jail time, if he/she will be subject to the adult criminal justice
system, or if his/her future will be permanently affected by the alleged
charges? Fortunately, an experienced lawyer can answer all those questions
and provide a strong and personalized legal defense to help your child
avoid serious criminal penalties.
The Sims Law Firm, PLLC, we are ready to thoroughly investigate your child’s arrest, collect
and analyze evidence, and fight for the best possible outcome in juvenile
court or adult court. While our Fort Bend County juvenile defense attorney
has more than 13 years of legal experience as a former felony prosecutor
and a criminal defense attorney, he also has a comprehensive understanding
of the Texas juvenile court system to properly and aggressively protect
your child’s rights, reputation, and freedom from start to finish.
Common juvenile crimes Attorney Brandon Sims handles include:
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Potential Penalties for Texas Juvenile Crimes
Unless the juvenile crime involves an alleged and specifically heinous
violent or sex offense, your child will most likely go through the juvenile
court process. Unlike the adult criminal justice system that is designed
to punish offenders, the juvenile justice system focuses on rehabilitation
to prevent your child from becoming a criminal in the later stages in
Juvenile offenders are subject to the following programs and penalties:
First offender program – If your child is a first-time offender and didn’t commit
a misdemeanor or felony involving a weapon or violence, he/she may be
eligible for the first offender program. This program includes community
service, educational and vocational training, restitution, and other rehabilitative
services, rather than detention or probation. If your child completes
the program, the charges he/she faces will be dismissed and he/she will
not have a juvenile criminal record.
Deferred prosecution – Similar to the first offender program, deferred prosecution is
designed to help minors who do not have a history of delinquent behavior.
However, minors who have been charged of an alcohol-related offense are
not eligible. During deferred prosecution, your child will be on probation
of typically six months. Upon competition without any probation violations,
the case will be closed.
Probation – If the juvenile court sentences your child to probation, he/she
must follow specific rules (e.g. pay fines, complete community service,
frequently meet with a probation officer, complete education and/or alcohol/drug
rehabilitation, continue going to work or school, obey a curfew, etc.).
Probation cannot last past your child’s 18th birthday.
Detention – The juvenile court could sentence your child to a Texas Juvenile
Justice Department (TTJD) detention facility to be held there for a specific
amount of time or until your child turns 19 years of age.
Ready to Fight for Your Family Today
Just because your child is accused of a crime doesn’t mean he/she
is guilty. Attorney Sims will do his best to help your child avoid detention
or imprisonment. Although he understands a simple mistake can affect your
child’s life forever, but he also knows how to get your child’s
life back on the right path.
Call (713) 766-1445 today to schedule a free consultation with The Sims
Law Firm, PLLC.