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Juvenile Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense in Juvenile Court Cases

When a young person, under age 17, commits a juvenile crime, they don’t go into the adult criminal justice system. Their case is handled under a family law code, by a separate court overseen by the Texas Department of Juvenile Justice, and best handled by a juvenile criminal defense attorney.

If convicted, the teenager or young person typically doesn’t go into an adult prison or jail but instead is sent to a juvenile detention center where the goal of their stay is supposedly rehabilitation. In truth, the detention center is prison for kids, ages 10 to 16.

At the Schneider Law Firm, we take juvenile criminal defense cases as seriously as adult cases. The actions taken at this time in your son or daughter’s life could very well affect them for years to come. We want to ensure it helps them move forward in a positive way.

Our juvenile criminal defense lawyers – Emily L. Lachance and Michael Schneider – are very familiar with the juvenile justice system in Texas. They will thoroughly investigate the claims against your child in order to prepare a strong defense. Contact our law firm to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys: (817) 755-1852.

If some action is going to be taken against your child, we may be able to get your child into a deferred prosecution program if this is their first offense. A deferred prosecution program is probation or placement at an inpatient or outpatient treatment facility. When they have completed their program, their case can be dismissed.

A Strong Defense Against Any Juvenile Criminal Charge

Bria and Michael defend clients against a wide range of juvenile criminal charges in juvenile court, including:

  • Drug crimes, including possession and sale of marijuana and prescription drugs
  • Shoplifting, theft and stealing checks
  • Identity theft and false IDs
  • Criminal mischief
  • Evading arrest or detention,
  • Property crimes, such as vandalism, graffiti and destruction of public property
  • Underage drinking and drunk driving (DUI)
  • Assault, assault with bodily injury of a family member, assault on a public servant (often a teacher), assault on a playground
  • Sexual assault of a child (a younger child)

Why You Don’t Want a Juvenile Record If You Can Help It

You may have heard that a juvenile’s criminal record can be sealed so no one knows that they committed a crime when they were young. That doesn’t happen automatically and it doesn’t happen for every crime. It takes an experienced juvenile criminal defense attorney to accomplish a juvenile record expungement. If you were convicted of an aggravated felony or a sex offense, or if you are going to finish the rest of your sentence in the adult criminal system, your juvenile criminal record cannot be sealed.

If your criminal record can be sealed, we will have to petition the court to seal it. In most cases, that can’t be done until you are 21 years of age. If you were arrested for an alcohol violation that was handled in municipal or justice court, we can petition to get the record expunged; again, no one can see the record.

Call for a Free Consultation with a Juvenile Defense Attorney

Call and talk to one of our criminal defense lawyers if you have questions about sealing – or expunging – a juvenile criminal record. Call (817) 755-1852 for a free consultation.

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    I was charged with two felonies facing up to 20 years in prison. Mr. Schneider negotiated a plea deal for me that resulted in one felony charge being DISMISSED and the second one reduced to a Misdemeanor. My punishment was 2 years probation. I cannot say enough good things about the professionalism and timely manner in which he handled my cases. If you want a highly intelligent and very competent attorney representing you, this is the attorney you want on your side fighting for you!


  • Don B.

    I am forever grateful that I chose this great firm to defend me in my assault case. Emily LaChance and Bria Larson are the Dream Team for criminal defense in Tarrant County. Polished and smart, they covered all the bases and thanks to them I now have my freedom back. If you find yourself in need of legal help I strongly recommend the Schneider Law Firm. They are awesome!

    Don B.
  • Tom

    Case dismissed, Aggravated sexual assault of a minor. I am pleased to submit to you this letter of recommendation for Emily LaChance to be your next Criminal Attorney.

    Tom A
  • M. Aguilar

    My attorney was Emily LaChance in dealing with a case of molestation of my step son. The allegations were brought by his biological father, whom has a history of domestic violence and has been vocally distributive in our family long before the accusations.

    Emily took a thorough journal of all the events before, during and after the accusations to show the DA’s office that this was another attack on our family by a volatile and non reputable individual. She stopped the criminal investigation before it ever began.

    She also went above and beyond by dealing with CPS, which falls under family law. She drove from her office to my home in Bedford to assist in a one on one interview with CPS to close out their case.

    This was a very trying time for me and my family and she also dealt with the emotional roller coaster that I was on. She always answered my questions via email, most of the time instantaneously, regardless if it was 10pm or the weekend.

    Even after the case was closed she made me a binder of all the events for my records in case the biological father ever decided to try to hurt our family in this way again. Thank you Emily for all your help!

    M. Aguilar