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Juvenile incarceration decreases in Texas

Posted on October 12th, 2011 No Comments

After juvenile crime law reforms were put in place in 2007, Texas has seen a decrease in juvenile incarcerations.

Last week, a nationwide juvenile justice study titled “No Place for Kids: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration” was released.  The study reveals that the number of minors in jail in Texas has decreased from 4,800 in August 2006 to 1,800 in August 2010.

“Texas has precipitously reversed course on juvenile incarceration … Violent juvenile felony arrests in Texas fell by 10 percent from 2006 to 2009, and total juvenile arrests fell by 9 percent.,” states the study.

In addition, arrests of juveniles for violent crimes in Texas have decreased by 27 percent.

If your child has been charged with a juvenile offense, contact the Houston juvenile criminal defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 to discuss your situation with one of our experienced defense attorneys.

Texas has high rate of juveniles in adult prisons

Posted on March 30th, 2011 No Comments

According to Texas laws, judges are able to classify 14 to 17-year old juveniles as adults in cases involving felony criminal charges.  If convicted of the charges, juveniles certified as adults are sent to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to be placed in a state prison.

However, a judge is also able to allow juveniles facing violent felony charges to begin their sentence in the Texas Youth Commission and only move onto a state jail if necessary.

Between 2005 and 2010, around 1,300 juveniles in Texas were certified as adults by a judge.  About 860 of these youths were given determinate sentences beginning in the Texas Youth Commission.  In the majority of cases, both those juveniles classified as adults and those given determinate sentences, committed a violent crime and had one or no other prior juvenile criminal charges.

Having an experienced juvenile criminal defense attorney at your side can be key in the outcome of a trial.  Contact the Houston juvenile criminal defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 to learn more about how we can help you.

Teens arrested for fatal stabbing in Houston

Posted on February 16th, 2011 No Comments

Houston police officers recently arrested two teenagers suspected of fatally stabbing a man earlier this month.  On February 6th, 28-year old Angel Cuevas was found dead from multiple stab wounds at his apartment in Southeast Houston.  Police are also looking for a third man they believe was involved in the slaying.

Police arrested the 14 and 16-year old boys, took them to the Harris County Probation Department and charged them with juvenile criminal charges.  The teens told police that they were at Cuevas’s apartment the day he was killed but that a 19-year old Angel F. Cantu committed the murder.  In addition, the boys told investigators that Cuevas and Cantu had been fighting when Cantu began beating Cuevas.  Cuevas then attempted to jump out of one of the apartment’s windows but Cantu pulled out a knife and began stabbing him.