With increasingly strict crack-downs on crime, penalties for those charged or convicted under the age of 18 have strayed from the realm of accountability to serious harm on a person’s future. Juveniles—who have the trajectory of their lives still unwritten—are at increased risk of having every aspect of their lives affected by the penalties of the law, including foreclosure of educational opportunities, work prospects, and career setbacks during their crucial and formative early years.
At the Law Office of Walker Fults, we understand how juveniles in Dallas can be affected when denied opportunities they have worked hard for because of legal trouble. Having a skilled and aggressive attorney can make all the difference between a stain on a young person’s record that continually holds him back, and leaving a past mistake in the past.
Common Juvenile Crimes
Gone are the days of “boys will be boys” and lax attitudes towards underage offenders. The Texas Penal Code has codified a wide range of criminal offenses specifically aimed at those under the age of 18. Penalties can range from a major inconvenience that restricts education and work opportunities to jail time, fines, and permanent restriction of a person’s rights. Conviction of any criminal charge, no matter how minor it may seem, can have dramatic and long lasting effects on a young person’s future. As such, it is paramount to have an aggressive, smart attorney on your side when facing charges such as:
- Drunk Driving
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Minor in Possession (MIP)
- Minor in Consumption (MIC)
- Public Intoxication (PI)
- Irregular Traffic Violations
- Sexual Assault
- Vandalism/Property Damage
- Theft or Shoplifting
- Possession of Drugs
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Some families make the mistake of paying a fine, or forcing a child to “take responsibility” for their actions by facing the full brunt of the law. Too often, instead of imparting any valuable lesson, the child is saddled with a permanent stain that continues to affect him for years to come, cropping up on educational forms and work questionnaires that seek to weed out anyone with a criminal conviction. A criminal conviction is one of the most damaging, persistent, and discouraging road blocks a young person can face.
Contact a Juvenile Crimes Attorney in Dallas for a Free Consultation
If you or your child are facing juvenile criminal charges, take the first step of finding out what impact the charge or a conviction on that charge could have on your future. At the Law Office of Walker Fults, our goal is to fully understand your unique case and minimize any impact it could have on your future. Call our office at (214) 797-1861 to learn more about how we might be able to help you.