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Understanding how juveniles are charged with crimes

The definition of a juvenile varies from state to state, but in Texas, it is defined as a person who is between the ages of 10 and 17 when they committed the act that they are accused of. If they are considered a juvenile, they may also have committed an act that would be considered a criminal offense if executed by an adult.

If your child is in trouble with the law and is under the age of 17 but at least 10 years old, they will need to deal with the juvenile court system in Texas. As their parent, it is important that you take the time to understand how this court system works. By doing so, you will be better equipped to help them prepare for the coming challenges.

What is "conduct in need of supervision"?

The term "conduct in need of supervision" is any type of behavior displayed by a juvenile that would have led to a fine if an adult had engaged in such behavior. It could also refer to some type of behavior that is only problematic when a person is a child, for example, missing school or leaving home.

What is "delinquent conduct"?

"Delinquent conduct" refers to any type of behavior that could lead to jail time if an adult had committed such an act.

Will a juvenile always be subject to formal charges for the crime they committed?

The actions of a juvenile will always be referred to a juvenile court officer before formal charges are filed. This means that the juvenile court officer will have the opportunity to either dismiss the matter, deal with the matter without filing formal charges, or file formal charges against the young person.

How can a juvenile avoid formal charges?

A juvenile is more likely to avoid formal charges if they display a good attitude and express regret or remorse regarding their actions. A history of any other problematic actions will also be taken into account, and the severity of the crime will be assessed.

If you want to help your child to avoid charges in juvenile court, it is important that you take action to understand the law completely.

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