Violation of law by juvenile children younger than the age of 17
is referred to the Juvenile Court. All children must be
represented by an attorney. If the child's family cannot afford
an attorney, one will be appointed.
Basic Juvenile Court Procedures:
Detention: The court may order the child detained for a
length of time at local facilities.
Adjudication Hearing: A hearing to determine whether or
not the child committed the alleged conduct.
Disposition Hearing: Upon a true finding that the child
committed the conduct, this hearing will determine what
consequences the court will assess.
Probation: The child may be released under the
supervision of the Juvenile Probation Office. The child will
obey all supervision terms or face detention at a secure
facility, a boot camp, or the Texas Youth Commission.