- Has your child been detained by a school resource officer or the police?
- Has Juvenile Services contacted you asking about your child?
- Is your child still in detention?
If so, then you, like many, may feel confused by the process, concerned about your child’s future, and worried about what impact the outcome of the case will have on you, your child, and your family.
You are right to be concerned, but you are not alone. I can help.
I understand that, in many cases, the incident that lead to the police taking your child to juvenile detention, is one piece of a larger picture. This picture is often ignored by schools and unknown to police, prosecutors, and the juvenile judge. Yet this bigger picture is often crucial to making sure that all those involved in the juvenile justice system understand your child and what is best for them in the long run.
Let me help.
Why JOHN C. PREZAS?
I have the experience necessary to help guide you and your child through the juvenile system. I understand the tactics and methods the prosecutors will try to use against your child because I once was a Juvenile Prosecutor in Williamson County, Texas, handling cases just like the ones now brought against your child.
As a Harvard Law School graduate and experienced criminal defense attorney, I am well positioned to protect all of your child’s rights and defend him/her from the vast power of the State.
Prior to law school, I was a teacher serving children with special needs or learning difficulties in Corpus Christi Independent School District and Tuloso Midway Independent School District. I understand that sometimes children use behavioral outbursts to hide embarrassment or frustration with difficulty in school or with peers. Children sometimes act out to draw attention away from the real problem because they are afraid of what others will think.
I also understand that youth in junior high and high school are going through a difficult, and often troubling, period in their development. I have taught youth in these settings and appreciate the importance of communicating with them, building trust, and seeking to understand the emotions behind the behavior.
I believe this understanding is crucial to quality representation. Only by trying to connect with and understand the juvenile client can a skilled juvenile lawyer seek the best possible resolution of the case.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT JUVENILE LAW AND THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM?
|This article includes important information about juvenile crime and your child’s rights.|
JUVENILE CRIME FAQ
- Do I need a lawyer to handle a juvenile case?
- Why should I hire a juvenile lawyer? Won’t any criminal or civil lawyer do?
- At what age can my child be charged with a crime as a juvenile?
- When can my child be arrested?
- How long can my child be held?
- What is a Detention Hearing and How Does it Work?
- The juvenile is likely to flee or be removed from the jurisdiction of the court
- The juvenile’s parent, guardian, or legal custodian is not providing suitable care, protection, or supervision (many Juvenile Judges will make this finding even if such care and supervision is being provided but the juvenile is not responding to it).
- The juvenile does not have a guardian, parent, custodian, or other person able to return him to court when required
- The juvenile would be dangerous to himself or may threaten public safety if released
- The juvenile has been previously found to be a delinquent child or has previously been convicted of a jailable offense AND is likely to commit an offense if released.
- Can the Police Question my Child?
- Can the School Search my Child’s locker or property?
- What are possible outcomes of a juvenile case in Texas?
Generally, there are 7 possible outcomes for any juvenile case: handled administratively, supervisory caution, deferred prosecution, juvenile probation, TYC, and determinate sentencing, and certification as an adult. I provide below a brief overview of each of these possible resolutions. However, please keep in mind that each possible outcome contains a variety of possible conditions, subparts, and requirements that may apply. You should seek the advice of a skilled, experienced juvenile lawyer to best understand these outcomes.
1. Administrative Resolution