Midland Juvenile Defense Attorneys
A seventh-grade student gets into a fight at school. A ninth-grade boy gets caught holding a vape pen with a THC cartridge. A child in sixth grade brings his father’s gun to school. A sophomore borrows his friend’s car without his permission.
These are some reasons your child may be locked away in a secure facility. At The Morgan Law Office, we fight to keep your child out of detention and in your home.
What Happens When Your Child Is Detained
Any child as young as 10 years old and as old as 16 years old can be detained and charged with a crime. A child is entitled to a detention hearing within 48 to 72 hours, depending on the size of the county, where a judge decides whether a child can be held for ten to fifteen working days. We are well versed in detention hearings, having represented children at nearly 1,000 detention hearings.
If a child is not released, the prosecutor must file a petition within thirty days. This petition states what charges will be brought to court against the child. A petition does not mean a child is guilty. It only notifies the child, parents, and the attorney of what crime the prosecutor believes the child committed. We help prepare our clients for the court process.
A child and their parent often meet with a juvenile probation officer before the first hearing. This meeting can be scary for both the child and the parent. We take the time to prepare our clients for this meeting and how to answer questions.
Punishments for children can vary but include fines, community service, probation, or placement in a facility outside the home, including a secure facility run by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.
We Are Here For You And Your Family
Watching your son or daughter go through the juvenile justice system can be scary by itself, but our firm is ready to fight for your child. Call our Midland office at 432-307-6507.