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What Legal Rights Do Juveniles Have When Taken Into Police Custody in Texas?

Thursday, Feb 28, 2019 by Brian Laviage

Unlike adult criminal cases, juvenile crimes are handled in civil proceedings according to “The Juvenile Justice Code” within the Texas family code. In this system, the court is seeking what it deems as appropriate justice AND rehabilitation for the youth.

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How the juvenile justice system and criminal system differ in Texas

Monday, Feb 4, 2019 by Brian Laviage

The Texas Juvenile Justice Department is emerging as a national model for reform.

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Juvenile daughter caught shoplifting

Thursday, Oct 6, 2016 by Brian Laviage

My 16 year old daughter was caught shoplifting about $60 worth of makeup last weekend. She was charged and is awaiting a court date. This isn’t normal for her (as far as I know) and she said that her friends dared her to do it. I’m obviously upset and disappointed. What can we expect? Is there anything we should do now? I’m personally concerned about her getting accepted into college.

Mike in Southlake, TX

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Sealing juvenile records

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 by Brian Laviage

My son was arrested as a juvenile his freshman year of highschool in Houston, TX for possession of brass knuckles found in his locker. He was released early from the juvenile program for good behavior and completed all required paperwork relevant to the case. That was over 5 years ago and he is now attending a university in another part of Texas.

I’m pretty sure he is eligible for sealing his juvenile records, but I’ve also read something about automatic restricted access to juvenile records once one reaches the age of 17. I’ve also heard about the recent law of automatic restriction of access to juvenile records. Maybe these are the same thing.

In short, my question is: is it necessary for him to do anything additionally to get his records sealed, or has everything already been done for him by the state?

Thanks! - Amanda

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Pros and Cons of Court Appointed Attorneys for Juvenile Offenses

Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 by Brian Laviage
In the U.S. court system, you have the right to a lawyer, and it is important to ask for one – whether the defendant is an adult or juvenile. Having legal representation in juvenile court proceedings is vital because a lawyer can explain to you and your child what should or should not be answered. This person is to make sure the child’s legal interests are protected and to advocate the child’s wishes.

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