Youthful Offenders

Youthful OffendersA criminal record can permanently harm a young person. High schools, colleges and employers all have access to criminal records, and, as a result, your child's educational or employment prospects can be irreparably damaged by institutional policies which limit and exclude people with juvenile records.

In addition to the future problems caused by a criminal record, you child may also be facing severe legal punishment. In fact, the state of Texas's trend in trying youths as adults has served to intensify the already serious legal punishment that youthful offenders can receive.

Experienced Juvenile Defense Lawyer

At The Law Office of Troy P. Burleson, P.C., we know how to protect your child’s legal rights. Our experienced and dedicated criminal defense attorney, Troy P. Burleson has worked with youthful offenders both as a high-volume prosecutor and in private practice. He knows how to prepare and develop a strong juvenile defense in the face of serious criminal accusations.

Our firm will fight to have the charges dismissed. For example, if your child is accused of marijuana possession, he or she may be able to argue that they did not actually possess it under the care, custody and control aspects of the law governing drug possession.

Local courts and district attorneys are willing to work with youthful offenders and often accept proposed solutions when approached. They may even agree to deferred adjudication which will allow your child to serve probation and have his or her charges dismissed if the terms of the probation are fully complied with.

We can also work with the prosecution to have the charges reduced. For example, the reduction of a DWI violation to a DUI violation is a common occurrence that can greatly lessen the legal and societal consequences your child faces.

Contact Us

If your child is in need of effective juvenile defense services, please contact us to schedule a free initial consultation. Common youthful offender charges we handle include:

  • Minor in possession of drugs/drug possession
  • DUI/DWI and driving without a license
  • Shoplifting and theft
  • Underage drinking offense
  • Truancy
  • Traffic violations
  • Criminal mischief
  • Violation of probation

We are available for evening and weekend appointments, accept credit cards, offer flexible payment plans and charge affordable rates. Call (469) 619-3800. We have offices that are conveniently located in Plano and directly across the street from the County Courts of Law in McKinney.