How is Houston Juvenile Court Different from Criminal Court?


How is Juvenile Court Different from Criminal Court?

When children between 10 and 17 years of age are accused of committing a felony offense or a Class A or B misdemeanor, their cases are handled in the Juvenile District Courts in Harris County (in other counties, it would be county courts or juvenile district).  Rather than criminal law cases, these cases are considered  civil law, although certain aspects and rules of criminal law are applicable to juvenile cases.  Rather than being “found guilty”, juveniles are instead “adjudicated to have engaged in delinquent conduct”.  Furthermore, rather than being released on “bond” like in criminal court, juveniles are either released or detained depending upon the circumstances and the ruling of the judge.  Lastly, rather than being based on the offense itself, punishment for juveniles is based upon guidelines and levels.

IMG_2923bTo properly represent a juvenile, an attorney must be familiar with both the civil and criminal aspects.  Therefore, you should hire a juvenile defense attorney who specializes in juvenile law.  Houston juvenile defense attorney James (Jim) Sullivan is Board Certified in Juvenile Law.  Since 1994, Sullivan has defended clients in both juvenile and criminal courts and devotes a large percentage of his legal practice to representing juveniles.  Contact James Sullivan right now at (281) 546-6428 for a free consultation. Sullivan gets proven results.

James Sullivan attended the Trial Lawyers College founded by Legendary lawyer Gerry Spence and was invited to join The National Trial Lawyers organization. Sullivan has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout Texas.

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