Juvenile Defense

Arlington Juvenile Crime Attorney

Let Us Protect Your Child's Rights & Future

Are you in need of a dedicated and experienced Arlington juvenile defense lawyer in Texas? Look no further than the Law Office Of Mark M. Childress. We understand the unique challenges and complexities that come with juvenile crimes, and we are committed to providing expert legal representation to minors who find themselves in difficult situations. If you or your loved one is facing juvenile criminal charges, our firm is here to help.

Here are some reasons to choose the Law Office Of Mark M. Childress for your child's needs:

  • Experience: Attorney Mark M. Childress has a proven track record of successfully defending juvenile clients in Arlington and throughout Texas.
  • Dedication: We are passionate about protecting the rights and futures of young clients, and we are committed to providing the best possible legal representation.
  • Personalized Service: We understand that every case is unique, and we take the time to understand your child's specific situation and needs.
  • Local Knowledge: As a prominent law firm serving Arlington residents, we have a deep understanding of the local legal landscape and the unique challenges that come with practicing law in Texas.
  • Comprehensive Services: Our firm offers a wide range of legal services, ensuring that your child receives the support they need throughout the legal process.

Call (817) 497-8148 or complete our online contact form today to schedule a free consultation.

What is a Juvenile Offense?

Juvenile crimes can encompass a wide range of offenses committed by individuals under the age of 18. These offenses can range from minor infractions to more serious criminal acts, but one thing remains consistent: juveniles have unique legal needs and considerations that set them apart from adult offenders.

In the state of Texas, the juvenile justice system is designed to focus on rehabilitation and treatment rather than punishment. The goal is to help minors learn from their mistakes and become productive members of society. However, this doesn't mean that juvenile crimes are taken lightly. Depending on the nature of the offense and the minor's age, there can be serious consequences, including detention, probation, and a lasting criminal record.

Common types of juvenile offenses include:

  • Shoplifting and Theft: Stealing merchandise from a store or taking someone else's property without permission.
  • Vandalism and Graffiti: Defacing property, such as buildings or public spaces, with graffiti or causing damage to property.
  • Drug Offenses: This category includes possession, use, or distribution of controlled substances, and may involve various drugs, including marijuana, prescription drugs, or illegal narcotics.
  • Underage Drinking: The unlawful consumption, possession, or purchase of alcoholic beverages by minors.
  • Assault and Battery: Involvement in physical altercations or violent actions against others. This may include bullying, fighting, or causing harm to another person.
  • Sexual Offenses: Inappropriate sexual behavior, such as sexting, indecent exposure, or sexual assault.
  • Traffic Violations: This encompasses offenses related to driving without a license, reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol by a minor (DUIA by a Minor), or other violations of traffic laws.
  • Curfew Violations: Being out past a legally established curfew time for minors.
  • Trespassing: Unauthorized entry onto private property or areas where entry is restricted.
  • Runaway and Truancy: Running away from home without parental consent or failing to attend school (truancy) in violation of compulsory education laws.

How Can a Juvenile Defense Lawyer Help?

If your child is facing juvenile criminal charges, it is imperative to have an experienced Arlington juvenile defense lawyer by your side. The consequences of a conviction can have a lasting impact on your child's future, affecting their education, employment prospects, and personal life. Attorney Mark M. Childress and his legal team have the knowledge and dedication necessary to provide effective defense in juvenile criminal cases.

Our approach includes:

  • Thorough Legal Analysis: We examine the details of your child's case to identify any potential weaknesses in the prosecution's evidence. We leave no stone unturned to build a strong defense.
  • Expert Negotiation: In many cases, it's possible to negotiate with the prosecution to reduce charges or penalties. We have extensive experience in negotiating on behalf of our juvenile clients.
  • Trial Preparedness: If your child's case goes to trial, you can count on us to be fully prepared to present a strong and effective defense in the courtroom.
  • Rehabilitation Focus: We are strong advocates for rehabilitation and treatment, and we work to ensure that your child receives the support they need to address the underlying issues that may have contributed to their involvement in the justice system.
  • Compassionate Support: Dealing with juvenile criminal charges can be a stressful and emotional experience. Our team provides compassionate support and guidance to both you and your child throughout the legal process.

Contact our Arlington juvenile crime lawyer at (817) 497-8148.

The Opinions That Matter Most

  • My questions were heard and answered without having to ask twice.

    “Value a capable team with experienced staff. For the past 9 months, the folks at the Law Offices of Mark Childress handled my case with class and empathy. My questions were heard and answered without having to ask twice. I felt like I was kept in the loop and always briefed properly. As I move forward with other ventures I wouldn't be surprised if we crossed paths again. And hats off to Konner, THANK YOU!”

  • Mark was there to answer every question, every phone call and did it in a way that I felt as if I were his only client.

    “I needed an attorney who would stand up for me and my child during a very hard time. Mark was there to answer every question, every phone call and did it in a way that I felt as if I were his only client. He was very knowledgeable not only about the law but about the opposing attorney and the judge. He prepared me well and we won our case. I would recommend Mark Childress to anyone who is fighting for custody or in need of child support.”

  • I highly recommend him and his staff. They are courteous, prompt and they care.

    “I called in inquiring about a divorce and how it all happens. I had 2 people call me back within an hour and in an hour maybe 2 I was talking with the lawyer. I highly recommend him and his staff. They are courteous, prompt and they care. Divorce is the hardest thing we will go through minus losing a kid and his team will be retained. He even called me back himself the next day to see how I was. Great service.”

  • This guy is amazing. In a matter of minutes, he accomplished what no other attorney could in 6 years.

    “This guy is amazing. In a matter of minutes, he accomplished what no other attorney could in 6 years. He had my case figured out in 1short conversation and had what he called "a convoluted mess" fixed. I'm pretty sure my ex felt like he'd been hit by a bus. My family is finally in tact and everyone is finally happy.”

Why Choose Us For Your Family Matters?
  • Direct Access To Your Attorney

    Our Attorneys personally handle each case themselves. You will have direct access to your attorney to be able to get the answers that you need. 

  • Transparency
    Honesty and transparency are critical in building trust with your attorney. You will always know what is going on with your case every step of the way.
  • Team Oriented

    At our firm you're not just a case number, our staff will always know the status of your case and help to make your situation more manageable.

  • Personalized Approach
    Our team understands that no two cases are the same. Your strategy will be tailored specifically to you and your family's goals.