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Facing Juvenile Charges?
Protect Your Freedom
Before Time Runs Out.

Austin Juvenile Defense Lawyers

Protecting Your Child's Freedom

If your child has been arrested, it can be a humbling and terrifying experience. While the purpose of juvenile charges is to rehabilitate, rather than punish, that does not make the experience any easier or less stressful. If your son or daughter is in trouble, here is what you need to know.

Juvenile Offenses

The term “juvenile offense” simply means any offense that is committed by someone between the ages of 10 and 16. For a minor offense, children are often given merely a warning. However, their case can also be referred to a probation officer and, for a serious offense, the district attorney may file charges.

Your Child’s Rights

The child’s parents must be notified when he or she is taken into custody. The child is then allowed two phone calls to a parent or guardian. Your child has all the same Constitutional rights as an adult in a similar situation, including the right to remain silent.

Your Rights

Once your child arrives at a juvenile facility, you have the right to visit your child and speak to him or her privately. You must also be notified of any proceedings involving your child.

The Delinquency Petition

Most juvenile charges are handled by a delinquency petition. The judge will hold a hearing to determine whether your child committed the act he or she has been accused of. If it is determined that your child did commit the crime, the judge will then have to decide the best sentencing option.

Certification as an Adult

If your child is over the age of 14 and has either committed a serious offense or has a history of juvenile offense, he or she may be tried as an adult. Before this can happen, a certification hearing will be held. The judge will fully investigate your child’s case and determine whether your child should be tried as an adult.

If your child is in trouble and is facing juvenile charges, it is important that you have a competent attorney at your side. Call Smith & Vinson Law Firm immediately so they can begin reviewing your child’s case.

Austin Juvenile Crime Lawyers

Our aggressive trial lawyers serve clients in Austin, Williamson County, Travis County, Hays County, and all of the surrounding areas in Texas. Smith & Vinson Law Firm takes your juvenile charges seriously and will fight hard to protect your child's constitutional rights. Both Jarrod Smith and Brad Vinson will always help you seek the best possible resolution for your case.

Contact our office today for a free initial consultation. Call us at (512) 359-3743.

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  • Fought super hard for my case

    “Jarrod is very professional and fought super hard for my case. I couldn't have asked for a better attorney to represent me. I highly recommend!”

    Previous Client

  • 5 Stars in making me feel like a top priority!

    “Jarrod Smith of Smith and Vinson Law Firm provided me with the best service I could have possibly asked for. Having no background in law and finding myself in a situation that left me feeling extremely vulnerable, I felt quickly at ease in their care. They were very reasonable with my situation and helped work around my needs in providing me the most support and information on how to best handle my case. I'd recommend this firm to anyone seeking help with a traffic violation of any kind. I feel that if it weren't for them I would have been heavily misguided and probably would not have made it through the system with the best possible outcome for me. 5 Stars for their service, generosity, and in making me feel like a top priority!”

    Andrew

  • Well versed in Texas criminal law and procedure

    “Jarrod assisted me in a non disclosure issue I needed handled in the Texas criminal courts. It is very clear that Jarrod is passionate about the law and justice. He is well versed in Texas criminal law and procedure. I would gladly refer anyone to him. He will give your issue the attention it deserves.”

    PJ

  • Exceeded my expectations

    “Jarrod Smith exceeded my expectations when faced with a difficult and uncertain situation. He was consistently helpful and available to answer any questions I had and walked me through the process. His prompt communication and timely responses were greatly appreciated. I highly recommend Jarrod and would undoubtedly hire him again if needed.”

    Previous Client

  • Knows how to help you

    “Jarrod has worked on both sides of the judicial divide, both prosecutor and defender, and is well-positioned to evaluate a client’s chances and recommend what to do about them. I first met when he was Jarrod dedicated and diligent member of South Texas Law Review. He was dedicated because he volunteered as an assistant editor-in-chief. He was diligent because he pitched in during semester breaks. I know Jarrod has the temperament of a great advocate.”

    Benjamin

  • Top Attorney Avvo Rating 10.0
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Avvo 10.0 Rating
  • Texas Bar College
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Avvo 5 Star Reviews
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award

Why Hire Us?

  • We are accessible to you. Our attorneys can be reached 24/7.
  • Bold and fearless defense are what we are known for.
  • Turn to us for straightforward legal advice when you need it.
  • We offer free consultations to every single client served.