When Can Texas Courts Require Probation for My Child?

June 29th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Juvenile Crimes

In Texas, many juvenile offenses can lead a judge to place a child on probation. The actual terms of probation will vary depending on the nature of the offense, any prior delinquency record, and the suitability of the child’s home environment. Probation orders typically require the child to attend school, abide by a certain curfew, […]

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Increasing the Juvenile Criminal Age in Texas

December 2nd, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Houston Criminal Cases

The United States is one of the few western countries to try accused juvenile offenders in an adult court system. A handful of states actually try 16-year-olds as adults. In Texas, a minor is only eligible to be tried as a juvenile if he or she is “under 17 years of age” or under 18 […]

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Children Committing Unlawful Acts in Texas

May 4th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Family Law, Underage Drinking

Each year thousands of Texas children get into trouble with the law. Many of these cases are minor incidents that do not result in any lasting harm. But some juvenile offenses are quite serious and can result in probation, detention in a state rehabilitation facility, and in some cases even an adult prison sentence. Defining Delinquent […]

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Juvenile offenders and brain development

December 15th, 2012 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

Texas readers may have conflicting beliefs about the mission of the criminal justice system. Some may believe the primary purpose behind prosecuting and jailing criminals is the protection of society. Others may believe that segregating criminals from society is necessary only for violent crimes, and that imprisonment is an outdated approach to other types of […]

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