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Charge: Assault - State claimed client hit victim with a telephone and broke victim’s nose. However, the client was acting in self-defense.

Verdict: NOT GUILTY

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Juveniles Tried As Adults

If you regularly pay attention to the news, you have likely heard stories of individuals who would normally be considered juveniles being tried in court as adults. While the details of these situations vary from case to case, there are certain factors that can lead to a person under the age of 17 (or 18 or 16 depending on the state) to face the same consequences and processes as would a person of greater age.

Protecting the legal rights of children is extremely important. The effects of a conviction in an adult court can follow an individual for a lifetime. If you are the parent of a child who has been charged with a crime, the Houston criminal defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer can help make sure your child receives a fair trial. Contact us today at 713-222-0400 for more information.

Why Does It Happen?

There are a number of reasons that a juvenile may be tried as adult. While these conditions vary from state to state, some examples include:

  • The case involves a violent crime
  • A minor is charged with a “crime” and not a “delinquent act”
  • The judge transfers the case to an adult court

Even if a minor is tried as an adult, there may still be limits placed on his or her punishment. For example, minors will rarely be placed in an adult prison.

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If your child is charged with a crime, it is important that you have an experienced defense attorney on your side. Contact the Houston criminal defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer today at 713-222-0400 to learn more about how we can help you.