Juvenile Assault Defense Attorney
Denton | Cooke | Wise
We all know that growing up means making mistakes. Sometimes those mistakes are serious. Even so, they represent learning opportunities on the way to adulthood. Unfortunately, when the type of mistake a juvenile makes involves assault, the Texas juvenile justice system becomes involved in their lives, which can lead to significant consequences when they become an adult.
At Paine & Nolter, P.C. we understand that the job of a parent is to protect their child and help them grow to have a full adult life – even when their child makes mistakes that result in criminal assault charges. Momentary blunders happen, and children can fall under the influence of the wrong crowd. That’s why we are proud to serve those in the greater Denton, Texas area with legal representation when a child is facing juvenile assault charges.
What to Expect from the Texas Juvenile Justice System
The juvenile system is very different from the adult criminal system in the state of Texas. The state of Texas treats juvenile delinquency with the goal of rehabilitation, not punishment. A Juvenile who commits a crime is not considered a criminal in Texas, rather a delinquent. Juvenile cases are governed by the Texas family code. Juveniles have a right to a jury trial where the charges are found to be true or not true. But unlike adults, the judge, not a jury, handles the punishment phase of the trial. Instead, the judge will review the charges and make a recommendation.
One such recommendation they could make is to transfer the case against your child to the adult justice system. Depending on your case, the judge has broad discretion in punishment. Punishment can be as little as nothing, all the way up to probation, removal from the home, or TJJD. In either case, you need to seek qualified legal representation as soon as possible to give your child the best possible defense against the charges they face.
Juvenile Assault Charges in Texas
Assault charges result from any alleged incident that involves:
- Threatening another individual
- Putting another individual in imminent harm
- Causing the injury of another individual or persons
- Attempting to cause the injury of another individual
In the state of Texas, the resulting injuries do not need to be serious. In the event there are serious injuries, there is a good chance the charges will be elevated from a misdemeanor to a felony. In either case, possible punishments can include:
- Community Service / Anger Management Classes / Substance Abuse Treatment Programs
- Placement and or TJJD
- Restitution / Repayment
If your child is facing a Juvenile Assault charge in Denton, Cooke, Wise, or the surrounding areas of North Texas, please contact Paine & Nolter, P.C. Attorneys and Counselors at Law at 940-382-400 or by filling out our online form. We offer free, no-risk consultations with appointment times in the early morning and weekends for your convenience.