Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Waller County Juvenile Defense Attorney Andy Nolen Listens to Parents of Troubled Kids

Juvenile Law

Waller County Juvenile Defense Attorney
Waller County Juvenile Defense Attorney
Juvenile law is not criminal law.  There are fundamental differences between these two areas of law.  Many criminal defense attorneys are not aware of these differences nor aware of the significant ongoing changes in juvenile law enacted by the Texas legislature.  The proper representation of juveniles is a complex and multi-disciplinary practice that requires knowledge of both civil and criminal law.  A juvenile law attorney at minimum must have a thorough understanding of the relevant interacting Texas law, including the Juvenile Justice Code, the Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Rules of Evidence, the Controlled Substances Act and the Rules of Appellate Procedure.  The attorney must also understand other issues such as the psychosocial and psychological development of adolescents.  For a successful juvenile defense, all of these factors, including the facts of the case, must be thoroughly evaluated. 

Historically, juvenile law focused on rehabilitation of the youth.  However, it is now an area which also looks toward punishment and, as a result, juvenile records and adjudications can affect your child for years to come.  Indeed, for the most serious offenses, a child could be made to stand trial as an adult, and if found guilty could have a criminal conviction that could follow him the rest of his life.  For sex offenses, juveniles can be made to register as a sex offender until age 28.  Even a misdemeanor offense could affect his future education and employment. 

Deferred prosecution may be an option for some.  It is a contractual agreement with the prosecutor that can enable a juvenile to avoid an adjudication (conviction) on his juvenile record.  If a juvenile fulfills the requirements of a six month deferred prosecution, then the prosecutor will non-suit (dismiss) the case, and the juvenile then has the immediate right to petition the court to seal his records.  Per rules of the District Attorney, the juvenile court prosecutors cannot agree to such a resolution for many misdemeanor cases and all felony cases. 

Texas law requires all juveniles in juvenile court to be represented by an attorney.  Great care should be taken in selecting an attorney who can effectively represent your child in juvenile court.  Even seemingly simple cases can involve complex legal issues that could  become a nightmare for parents with a less knowledgeable or inexperienced attorney.

It is natural that teenagers go through a period of rebellion as they make their way through adolescence, and of course some teens rebel more than others.  However, if your child is on probation, it is very important that he follow the rules.  If he breaks the rules, he may be removed from his home and placed in a juvenile facility or for felony cases committed to the Texas Youth Commission (TYC) up to the age of 19. Obviously, each case is different and must be evaluated on an individual basis.

Many parents have the opinion that their child got himself in trouble despite their best efforts and therefore they are not willing to spend any money on a defense attorney, or worse they encourage their child to talk with the police without first consulting an attorney.  These approaches, however, have lead to many heartbreaking realizations later on.  Your child is a blessing.  Decisions made during these difficult years of his adolescence are critical to his future well being.  Your child needs  an attorney who not only can relate to and counsel him but also who specializes in juvenile law and can effectively represent him.  Be proactive and make your decision on retaining an attorney wisely.

Waller County Juvenile Defense Attorney Andy Nolen and Associates are very passionate about defending, counseling and inspiring their juvenile clients to get on the right path, to stay in school and to plan for the future.  They wants all of their clients to have a successful future, just as all   parents want their children to do better than they did. They strive to keep their clients at home and to keep their records clear, although they realize that some are so out of control that for their own safety they need to be placed in a secure facility or residential drug treatment center.  Many teens need the adversity and discipline of an out of home placement such as at boot camp to learn to accept responsibility for their actions, to stop blaming others for their behavior and to build character.

Waller County Juvenile Defense Attorneys Andy Nolen and Associates  represent clients charged with  crimes in State and Federal courts in Houston, Galveston, Houston, Houston, Texas, Beaumont, Austin, San Antonio, Waco, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Tyler, Sherman, Del Rio, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, Mc Allen, El Paso, Hempstead,  Houston, Texas  and all counties in Texas. The law firm of Andy Nolen and Associates is located in Houston, Texas; however, Attorney Andy Nolen appears in all criminal, juvenile, and family courts in Texas.

Waller County Juvenile Defense Attorney Andy Nolen has over 19 years experience representing persons accused of committing criminal violations of State and Federal law.

 Waller County Juvenile Defense Attorney Andy Nolen treats  every person they represent as if they were a friend and neighbor.   When you call, likely Attorney Andy Nolen will answer your call himself.  You will be dealing with Attorneys, not secretaries, assistants, or answering machines.

 If we can be of any assistance, or you just want to talk about your situation, please call Waller County Juvenile Defense Attorney Andy Nolen at 832-480-8951.