Fort Bend County Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorney
Has your child been arrested in Sugar Land?
Was your child arrested and charged with a serious offense? It is important that you work with Stornello Law Firm, P.C.. At our firm, we understand that your child has a future that needs to be protected and we will actively defend their rights and freedoms. Juvenile crimes are any crime that is committed by a person under the age of 18. Children under the age of 10 lack criminal intent and cannot be tried in a criminal court, but anyone between the ages of 11 and 17 could technically face criminal charges and punishment. Moreover, if the crime is serious enough, the child can be certified and tried as an adult. If your child has been arrested, you need to contact an aggressive yet understanding Sugar Land criminal defense lawyer from Stornello Law Firm, P.C.
The state recognizes crimes by minors in a similar fashion as adult court may; your child could be charged with a felony or a misdemeanor. Unlike an adult court proceeding, however, a child's case will be tried in a juvenile court and the proceeding will be governed by the Juvenile Justice Code. It is the intent of the juvenile court system to rehabilitate children convicted of crimes and be able to release them back into society as active members of the community, but in some cases, a child will still be required to serve time in a juvenile detention facility. If convicted, these charges could potentially stay on their record into adulthood and prevent them from obtaining a job, housing, loans and hinder educational endeavors.
Common Juvenile Offenses
- Rape, sexual assault, and other sexual offenses
- Drug possession, trafficking, delivery
- Underage drunk driving
- Weapon violations
Helping Keep Your Child's Future Safe
Our first priority is to do everything we can to keep your child from incarceration. We fight aggressively to pursue non-incarceration options such as probation, community service, treatment programs, and more. Some teens may qualify for diversion programs that can keep their records clean once the program is complete.
We also consider the possibility of expungement so your child can enjoy a future without the burden of a criminal record.
Tough Defense by a Sugar Land Criminal Attorney
In some situations, a prosecutor will try a child in an adult court in an effort to make an example out of them. If your child is tried in an adult court, they will face the same penalties that an adult would, potentially including life in prison without parole. It is vital that you work to protect your child's well-being by ensuring that you retain the services of Stornello Law Firm, P.C. At our firm, we are committed to our clients and their futures and we will conduct independent investigations of your case, gather all necessary evidence pertaining to your situation and ensure that your rights and freedoms are protected.
Schedule a free case evaluation today with a Sugar Land Criminal Defense Lawyer from Stornello Law Firm, P.C.
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