Why Juvenile Defense is So Critical

Children as young as 14 may be certified to be tried as adults in Texas, and recent studies confirm that adult jails are horrible places for our children. One such study found that youths in adult jails are five times more likely to be sexual abuse victims, when compare to children detained at juvenile-only facilities. Seeking to avoid this problem, …

Landmark Execution and Juvenile Life Sentences

In June 2014, Texas executed Kimberly McCarthy, the 500th inmate to be put to death since the Lone Star State resumed capital punishment in 1976. She was pronounced dead at the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville, shortly after receiving a lethal injection. The 52-year-old McCarthy had been convicted of the 1997 slaying of her elderly neighbor. 71-year-old Dorothy Booth had …

Changing the Age Limit for Juvenile Offenders in Texas

The State of Texas seems determined to raise the age of adulthood from 17 to 18 in criminal matters, but there’s still the question of how to make it work. The growing consensus for change is based on both biology and fairness: teenage brains are simply not fully formed at age 17, and the law should not treat a 17-year-old …

Kids Who Have Hope and Stay In School are Less Likely to Commit Juvenile Crimes.

Researchers at The University of Dallas talked to juvenile offenders in two large Texas cities. One of their questions was rather blunt: “How long do you think you’ll live?” The answers ranged from those who thought they would die in their late teens, to those who thought they’d live past 100. Those who expected an early death made worse decisions …

Probable Facts About Juvenile Defense Cases in Dallas

Raising responsible kids is difficult; raising responsible teenagers is nearly impossible. Back in the day, it was Sex, Drugs, and Rock-and-roll corrupting the youth. Now it’s Sexting, Drugs, and Hip-hop. Today, pornography is free on your home computer; marijuana and pills are more readily available than alcohol; and every teenager gets a car when they turn 16. There are also …

Marriage Advice from a Divorce Laywer

Marriage Advice from a Divorce Lawyer Now that you know what you are facing, you need to find someone who can help guide you through the tangled maze that makes up the juvenile justice system and protect you, your family, and your child’s rights. We think today’s youth is tomorrow’s future and that our future should be protected. As a “divorce …

What is the purpose of a Grand Jury?

Unless waived by the accused, every felony case must be indicted by a grand jury. A prosecutor presents the evidence in the cases. If the grand jury finds probable cause, an indictment is returned. If probable cause is found lacking, the case is no-billed and dismissed. Historically, the grand jury’s role was to be a buffer between the accused and …