Misbehaving Youth Use Public Transportation

Juvenile crime is a fairly serious problem in the Dallas Area Rapid Transit System. Currently, there are 146 officers assigned to patrol the entire 13-city system, which encompasses some 700 square miles. In addition, low pay and poor morale have led to high officer turnover. Many of the incidents involve loud music and fights; however, there have also been reports …

Teen Arrested in Dallas Slaying

An unnamed 16-year-old boy is in custody following a fatal shooting incident in east Dallas. Police state that the boy pointed a sawed-off shotgun at 25-year-old Juan Carlos Avalos and fired, killing the man instantly. The boy told authorities that he did not believe the gun was loaded at the time. 19-year-old Enrique Hernandez was also arrested, and charged with …

Some Things to Expect in a Denton County Juvenile Proceeding

Denton County criminal courts can be a very confusing and frustrating place, especially for juvenile defendants and their families. An excellent juvenile attorney can help ease the path and provide council for both the juvenile charged with the crime, and their family who loves them. Many people feel as though they’ve entered another world, with archaic rules and its own …

Police. More Dangerous Than Smoking?

Police seem to becoming more deadly than cigarettes these days. Recently this man died while being apprehended by law enforcement for selling loose cigarettes, a misdemeanor: These scenes are playing out more frequently across the internet as videophones become more ubiquitous. I am not going to rant on the ridiculous but deadly-serious consequences our police-state are imposing on the public. …

The Burden of Proof

A previous post touched on the issue of burden of proof in a juvenile defense case. This is such an important question that it bears a much closer look. There are different burdens of proof in different types of cases. Preponderance of evidence The standard of proof used in most civil cases, such as divorces and contract disputes, preponderance of …

Free Things to Do in Dallas

Kids have a lot of time on their hands in the summer, and the ancient King Solomon may have been right when he said that “idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” So, we’ve put together a list of things that your kids may enjoy doing this summer in and around town. We know parents will enjoy them, because all these …

Free Things To Do In Denton Texas

It may seem odd to receive entertainment advice from an attorney, but I know  families that spend time together typically have kids who stay out of trouble – and kids who stay out of trouble don’t need juvenile attorneys. So, if you live in or around Denton and need a few things to do that won’t break the bank – read on. Daily …

Wylie Teens Charged with Murder

In a case that still sends shockwaves through the area, two 16-year-old classmates at Wylie East allegedly choked a 17-year-old boy to death, and subsequently dumped his body in the woods near Firewheel Mall. Prosecutors charge that Brenden Bridges and Adam Staup tied a sock around Ivan Mejia’s neck, and then held his nose until he asphyxiated. Probation officers speculate …

Closing the Book on a Juvenile Prosecution

A juvenile record can seriously damage your child’s future. How can you go about getting that record sealed? Texas Family Code Section 58.003 provides two possible avenues. Who can see a sealed record? Having a record sealed isn’t quite the same as having it expunged, but it’s pretty close. After expunging a record, it’s normally a crime for anyone to …

Senator Slams Texas Juvenile Justice Department

Citing high costs, high recidivism and high re-arrest rates, one Texas senator recently called the Texas Juvenile Justice Department a “broken agency.” According to Senator John Whitmire (D-Houston), Chairman of the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee, the state spends $129,000 per detainee per year. Despite this substantial investment, 77 percent of detainees are re-arrested and 48 percent are re-incarcerated. Echoing calls …