Juvenile law: Can minors face murder charges in Texas?

When children are accused of committing crimes, they can face charges and penalties, sometimes even time behind bars. The law recognizes the difference between charges for juveniles and charges against people age 18 and older, but in some juvenile law cases, a child can be charged as an adult. In a recent case in Texas, prosecutors announced the intention to charge a minor as an adult in a murder case.

The girl is facing murder charges after a physical altercation resulted in the death of an 18-year-old. Because she is being tried as an adult, she will face more serious charges and steeper penalties. A judge will hold a hearing to consider the prosecution's intent to charge her as an adult. The young defendant has the right to legal counsel to defend her interests at the hearing and at every step of the process.

Texas law allows the prosecution to try a juvenile age 15 or older as adult in certain cases involving a felony offense. Juveniles still have the right to the presumption of innocence and to challenge the case against them with a meaningful defense. In this specific case, the nature of the charges makes it particularly important to start developing a defense strategy as soon as possible.

If a minor is facing criminal charges of any kind, his or her future interests are on the line. It is beneficial to consider all defense options, even before formal charges are filed. It may help to work with an attorney experienced in juvenile law matters. 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Find Out How The Law Office of Kristin R. Brown, PLLC Can Help Your Case

Call 214-446-3909 for a free 15-minute, initial phone consultation with a criminal defense lawyer. You may also email her firm to explain your legal needs or request your free 15-minute phone consultation.

"I would recommend her to anyone for any matter. Anyone would be lucky to have her on their side." – Gina, former client

Email Us For A Response

How Can We Help You?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

  • Super Lawyers Avvo 10.0 AV Preeminent Dallas
  • Trial Lawyers College State Bar Of Texas The National Trail Lawyers
  • Seal Of The Supreme Court Of United States The College Of The State Bar Of Texas Texas Wesleyan School Of Law
The Law Office of Kristin R. Brown Awards

The Law Office of Kristin R. Brown
17304 Preston Road
Suite 1250
Dallas, TX 75252

Phone: 214-446-3909
Dallas Law Office Map