Denton Law Enforcement Arrests Several Teens

Law enforcement in Denton recently arrested several teenagers and charged them with engaging in organized criminal activity. The four teens are enrolled in Davis School, which is Denton’s disciplinary alternative education program.The charge in question arose when the juveniles took another person’s wallet and backpack. The teenagers are claimed to have also hit, kicked, and attacked the individual who was robbed, causing the individual to incur a contusion on the left side of the head. Law enforcement located the suspects in a wooded area near a Home Depot and discovered that the individuals still had the contents of the robbery victim’s wallet. The individuals were then taken to Denton County Jail and had their bail set at $50,000 each. The teenagers later admitted to committing the offense during an interview with law enforcement.

Because the teenagers worked together to commit the crime, the offense has been upgraded to “engaging in organized criminal activity,” which is a first-degree felony in the state of Texas. Law enforcement has expressed the intention of examining other crimes of a similar nature that have occurred in the area to determine if the teens are also responsible for these offenses. Juveniles in Texas must appreciate that charges related from the commission of a crime can follow an individual into adulthood, which frequently makes it essential to retain the assistance of skilled legal counsel.

Types of Juvenile Offenses

There are a variety of offenses that juveniles in the state of Texas are often charged with, which include the following:

  • Arson.
  • Assault and battery.
  • Burglary.
  • Credit card fraud.
  • Check forgeries.
  • Computer crimes.
  • Date rape.
  • Drug and alcohol crimes.
  • Embezzlement.
  • Felony property damage.
  • Felony theft.
  • Fraud.
  • Motor vehicle theft.
  • Receiving stolen property.
  • Robbery.
  • Vandalism.
  • Weapons charges.

Consequences for Juveniles Convicted of Crimes

Some juveniles who are convicted of crimes are sentenced to the Texas Youth Commission for an indefinite amount of time up until when the juvenile turns 21. In some cases, when a violent or very serious crime is committed, a juvenile might be viewed as an adult in the eyes of the court, which means that the juvenile will be at the risk of receiving the same sentence as an adult.

A skilled attorney like the legal counsel at Wheeler Law Office is often able to minimize the amount of time for which a juvenile is detained and in some cases even successfully argue that a juvenile should be released to their family with a warning. Our legal counsel can also help juveniles in a variety of other ways, including by arguing for diversion program, deferred sentencing, juvenile probation, the sealing of juvenile records, and drugs or alcohol treatment.

Contact a Talented Denton Criminal Defense Attorney

Each year, there are many juveniles charged in Denton and the surrounding area. Being charged with a juvenile offense has the potential to result in serious consequences for a juvenile. At Wheeler Law Office, we are dedicated to helping individuals who have been charged with these types of offenses. Contact our practice to obtain the assistance of strong legal counsel that can help make sure that your charges result in the best possible outcome.

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