Juveniles in Texas are not taken to jail, if a juvenile is arrested and not released to their parent or guardian they are taken to the juvenile detention facility.  There is no bond set.  A juvenile will have a detention hearing where a judge will determine whether the child should go with their parent or guardian at a detention hearing.  The first detention hearing takes place within two working days.  At the detention hearing the court looks at if:

  1. the child is likely to abscond or be taken from the jurisdiction
  2. the child is being given suitable supervision
  3. the child will return to court when they have to be there
  4. the child is dangerous to himself or threaten the safety of the public
  5. the child has previously been found delinquent or previously convicted of a crime punishable by a term in jail or prison and is likely to commit an offense if released.

    If the court does not allow the child out of the juvenile detention facility they are entitled to a hearing within the next ten working days.  A juvenile who is being detained is entitled to representation by an attorney at the detention hearing.  It is important that you hire a defense attorney as early as possible.  If your child has been detained in the juvenile detention center and not released to you it usually means that there is something more serious about the case or the child’s situation.  If you hire us we will defend your child and construct a plan in order to convince the court that the child should be allowed to return home.  It is important to hire an attorney at the earliest possible time in juvenile cases because the process starts quickly and it is important to have an attorney to defend the child’s rights and fight for the best outcome before any mistakes are made.  Please contact us for a free consultation at 713-651-1444 or fill out our secure online contact form.  Our offices are in Houston and we practice Juvenile Criminal Defense in Harris County, Fort Bend County, Brazoria County, Montgomery County, Galveston County and other surrounding areas.  If your child is currently in detention please call us so we can help.

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