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Juvenile Defense IN sAN aNTONIO, tx

After a child is arrested for committing a crime, the parents often ask, “Should I hire a criminal defense attorney to represent my child?” A criminal defense attorney can fight to have the charges dismissed outright, to have the charges reduced, or to fight for a “not guilty” verdict at trial.

The criminal defense attorney can help the child understand all of the best options available to resolve the case including deferred prosecution or various diversion programs.

The attorney can also represent the child at a change of placement or expulsion hearing that might be triggered by the school after it finds out about the criminal charges, even if they did not occur on the school’s campus.

The juvenile justice systems in Bexar County, TX, deals with children between the age of 10 years old to 16 years old who are charged with a criminal offense. While the adult criminal justice system is punitive in nature, the juvenile justice system is supposed to be focused on the rehabilitative needs of the child.

The Juvenile Justice Center houses the Juvenile Probation Department, the District Clerk’s Office, the Juvenile Court Administration, three District Courts with three associate judges’ courtrooms.

Attorney For Juvenile Defense In San Antonio, TX

The juvenile defense attorneys at Flanary Law Firm, PLLC handle a variety of cases prosecuted by the Bexar County Criminal District Attorneys Juvenile Section including Class B misdemeanors up to Capital Murder allegedly committed by juveniles between the age of ten (10) and sixteen (16) years old.

Call (210) 899-7566 today to find out more about hiring a criminal defense attorney during a free and confidential consultation.

Stages Of Juvenile Cases

The juvenile defense attorneys in San Antonio, TX, at Flanary Law Firm, PLLC represent children during all phases of the juvenile case including the initial detention hearing, during all pretrial conferences, during motions hearings to dismiss the charges for insufficient evidence or because some of the evidence was gathered illegally.

We also represent clients during any proceeding to determine their fitness or competence to proceed to trial in the Juvenile District Courts in Bexar County found in the 289th Juvenile District Court, the 386th Juvenile District Court, and the 436th Juvenile District Court.

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Detention Hearings In Juvenile Court

After a child is detained because of a criminal accusation, the detention hearing will be scheduled immediately.

The purpose of the detention hearing is to determine whether the child should remain in detention until the court hears the case or whether the child should be released back to his parent or guardian. The detention hearing in juvenile court must be held on the second working day after the youth’s detention unless the youth is detained over a weekend, in which case it must be held on the first working day after detention.

Reasonable notice of the juvenile detention hearing must be given to the child and his or her parents.

The detention hearing is one of the most important parts of the case. The attorney gets an opportunity to learn more about the accusations. The criminal defense attorney also gets the opportunity to discuss the case with the prosecutor in order to present exculpatory evidence showing the child is innocent, mitigation, or defenses that the prosecution should consider before making any decision in the case.

In many of these cases, the criminal defense attorney can show the judge that no probable cause exists for the child's detention.

Pretrial Conferences In Juvenile Court

The judge in juvenile court will schedule several pretrial conferences. At these conferences, the judge will make sure that the criminal defense attorney has everything needed to prepare for trial and resolve any outstanding discovery disputes.

The court might also schedule pretrial motions scheduled by the defense including a motion to dismiss the charges for insufficient evidence, a motion to exclude prejudicial and irrelevant evidence the prosecutor intends to present at trial, or a motion to suppress evidence that was gathered illegally.

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Why Choose Flanary Law Firm, PLLC?

  • Constant Communication
    At our firm, we always want our clients to feel empowered when defending against criminal charges. We aim to constantly communicate with our clients, answering questions and taking feedback as we progress through the case. We are always here to answer your questions or adjust your legal strategy as needed.
  • A History of Results
    With multiple decades of experience between our attorneys, we have a history of proven results and happy clients. We always aim to get a criminal case dismissed or have the charges lowered to reduce any penalties our clients are facing. We are confident we can get you the results you deserve.
  • Experience You Can Count On
    At our firm, we pride ourselves on the diverse range of criminal cases we have worked on. From federal felony charges to state misdemeanors, we know exactly how to build a defense strategy that's right for you. Our team can handle even the most complex cases and are willing to be flexible with our strategies.
  • Advice on Your Timeline
    We understand that all criminal cases work at different paces. Whether you are just looking around for a lawyer because you're under investigation or you need immediate representation, our team can help. We will work with you no matter where you are in the process to protect your rights.
  • Free Initial Consultations
    We understand that hiring a criminal defense attorney is a big decision that many people need time to make. That's why we offer all our potential clients a free consultation to see if we're the right legal team for them. We will review your case and begin building a legal strategy to defend your rights.
  • Personalized Legal Defense Strategies
    All criminal cases are different, so our dense strategies are too. We would never re-use a legal strategy from one client to the next because your case is too unique. We will always build a defense strategy that's personalized and effective for you to get the outcome you deserve.

Finding A Defense Attorney For Juvenile Court In Bexar County, TX

Our juvenile defense attorneys in San Antonio, TX, can help you understand more about pros and cons of entering a diversion program that might be offered to resolve the case. We can also help you learn about the consequences of agreeing to be supervised for the purposes of deferred prosecution or court-ordered probation. We can also explain what happens if the child is accused of later violating the terms of deferred prosecution or probation in a juvenile case.

We can help you understand when the juvenile record can be disclosed and the rules on sealing the record so that it is not avoidable for public view.

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