In Texas, juvenile criminal law is different from the laws applied to adults. A "juvenile" is any person charged with a crime who is over ten and under seventeen years old. Juveniles are treated differently than adults. They may be released to their parents after being detained and a finding of guilt is called an "adjudication" rather than a conviction. Juvenile records can also be sealed when the juvenile reaches a certain age.
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A juvenile attorney understands how the legal system treats juvenile offenders. With juvenile law, there's oftentimes more emphasis on growth rather than punishment. It's common to see a focus on: