Experts: Willingness Claim Unlikely to Help “Affluenza” Teen

Experts: Willingness Claim Unlikely to Help “Affluenza” Teen By EMILY SCHMALL, ASSOCIATED PRESS FORT WORTH, Texas — Jan 19, 2016, 5:17 PM ET An argument raised Tuesday by lawyers for a Texas teenager known for using an “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck — that he may have been taken to Mexico against his will — is unlikely to …

Why You Need a Defense Attorney Who Focuses on Defense

Very few people go through life planning to need the services of a defense attorney. When charged with a serious offense, however, you need to have an experienced defense attorney at your side through the entire process, from as early as possible. You need an attorney who will be there when called into the police station for questioning all the …

Are The Laws Fair?

One advocacy group believes that child prostitution laws are arbitrary and unfair. Andrea Powell, the founder and co-director of FAIR Girls, observed that a young rape victim in Texas was immediately given treatment, while a young girl who was a prostitute in Washington, D.C. was arrested and sent to juvenile jail for basically the same conduct. Even in the 12 …

What Happened To The Affluenza Teen?

The Adolescent Forensic campus at the North Texas State Hospital, where Ethan Couch lived for several months following his intoxication manslaughter conviction, resembles a secure dormitory. Superintendent Jeff Smith said that the place is a “hospital” and not a “corrections facility.” Many days, teen patients undergo 15 to 16 hours of treatment and therapy. Mr. Smith added that the environment …

Fewer Juvenile Offenders Locked Up In Texas

A campaign which started as a cost-saving measure to close prisons has possibly re-shaped the way many people view the juvenile justice system. The roots of Texas’ Right on Crime initiative go back to 2007, when lawmakers had to make a decision regarding a 17,000-bed prison expansion. Looking for a way to avoid paying the $2 billion price tag, the …

Suspended Juveniles Need Defense From Dropout

31 percent of suspended students repeat a grade and 10 percent become dropouts. Statistics such as these are causing some school districts to reevaluate their disciplinary tactics and procedures. Traditionally, suspension was considered to be the ultimate timeout for students who caused fights or were otherwise considered too disruptive to remain on school property. There was probably also an element …

Justice to Decide Juvenile Defense Case

The Supreme Court is poised to resolve a split in the circuits regarding its landmark 2012 decision which ruled that life sentences for juvenile offenders, when there is no possibility of parole, are unconstitutional. Writing for the majority in Miller v. Alabama, Justice Elena Kagan said that these sentences violated the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishments, since …

How to Pick the Best Juvenile Attorney in Dallas

It’s the call that no parent wants to hear. Your child is in trouble, and the police want to talk to him. They may assure you that you do not need an attorney but that won’t prevent anything he says or does from being held against him in a court of law. Should your child speak to the police? What …

How to Pick the Best Defense Attorney in Denton

Trying to choose a defense attorney is a huge decision, and quite intimidating. This is especially true if you if the police are accusing you of criminal charges. Whether you are guilty of the crimes or not, at your earliest opportunity you should contact a defense attorney. But how do you pick the best one? The first thing to consider …