San Antonio Juvenile Defense Lawyer
Texas Minor Possession Charges Lawyer
When a child is accused of criminal behavior, it is really a fork in the road. It is either an opportunity to intervene in the child’s life and help them find the right path when they are lost, or to allow them to continue on the road to crime and self-destruction. At the Law Office of Anthony B. Cantrell in San Antonio, Texas, we believe every child deserves a second chance and is entitled to a vigorous defense if he or she is accused of committing a crime. If your child has been arrested in Bexar County, attorney Anthony Cantrell will help minimize your child’s exposure to the criminal justice system and help turn their life around.
What You Need to Know about Texas Juvenile Law
A child can be charged with any misdemeanor or felony that an adult can, but also faces other juvenile charges based solely on their age, such as minor in possession of alcohol, or truancy. Juveniles are not entitled to a bond, and have fewer rights than adults. A juvenile can be detained by a judge indefinitely, with only a hearing required every ten days.
An experienced defense attorney can minimize any detention, and positively affect the disposition, or sentencing, of the case. The best result, of course, would be release to the family with a warning. However, we have been able to help juveniles in many other ways, including:
- Diversion programs
- Deferred sentencing
- Juvenile probation
- Seal juvenile record
- Drug and alcohol treatment
If the child has been convicted of a juvenile felony, he may be sentenced to the Texas Youth Commission for an indefinite amount of time up until the age of twenty-one. In the instance of a violent crime, or crime of special severity, the child may be certified as an adult and receive the same sentence as an adult if convicted. We have defended many clients who were in these situations, including determinant sentencing cases. Without an aggressive defense, your child’s future may be in jeopardy.
We urge every parent to act to seal the juvenile record, even if the charge was only a misdemeanor, as a criminal conviction may affect your child’s ability to get a job or get into a good school.
Contact a Texas Criminal Defense Attorney for a Minor’s Criminal Charges
If your child has been accused of a juvenile crime in Bexar County, Texas, contact the juvenile defense attorney at the Law Office of Anthony B. Cantrell at 210-888-9653 for a free initial consultation.