JUVENILE–ADULT CRIMINAL COURT CROSSOVER CASE STUDY
Criminal Defense Case Study
Matter: Juvenile – Adult Criminal Court Crossover Case Study
Summary #1: 16 year old Juvenile client charged as a primary accomplice with Burglary of a Habitation/Home Invasion, with firearms being the primary target. Client was IQ intelligent from a good supportive family, had an engaging personality when he chose to use it, and he had a number of things going for him in his life. But, as happens sometimes, the choices he was making weren’t particularly sound.
Result #1: We were able to communicate the client’s good points to the prosecution and probation departments; we got a significant break when the complaining witness filed an affidavit of non-prosecution, and client, to his credit, kept his nose clean for a while — all of which led to an agreed reduction of the charge and no formal punishment being assessed by the court.
Summary #2: Before we actually received the result above in juvenile court, client decided he wasn’t done with the poor choice world, and so got himself arrested for another burglary — this time as a 17 year old,. Under Texas law that qualified him as an adult in Criminal District court. Having a felony conviction on your record as you’re just starting out into the adult world is not a pleasant thing to contemplate, and his future was in some jeopardy.
Result #2: Fortunately, we ran into yet another reasonable prosecutor on this case. He worked with me and the client’s family, and we were able to put together a plan for a diversionary track. Essentially this meant that client would be on a pre-disposition form of probation for about a year, complete various conditions, and stay the course and out of trouble throughout. His family played a huge supportive role, client grew up and met his responsibilities, and the upshot was a felony dismissal with no criminal conviction. He’ll have a clean slate, and be off paper entirely in about 10 months.
Highlights: Sitting down with client and his mother near the end of his diversion period, and having an honest chat with a young man about how he needed to change his conduct and step up — and then seeing him respond.
References: Our client’s mother. Please call our office at 214 363-1828 for further information and contact numbers. You can also read this mother’s testimonial below:
I want to thank Mr. Bill Meili for his help when my son decided to make some extremely poor choices in his life. As a mother, you want your child to have the best start in life and the best possible outcome. Mr. Meili provided stellar legal representation for my son over an extended period, resulting in a positive outcome in both the juvenile and adult criminal courts. The results achieved will allow my son a new start as a young adult. For that, I will always be grateful.
Most importantly, Bill Meili took the time and effort to guide and direct my son in making better life choices which he will carry with him throughout his life. Mr. Meili’s compassion and continued support gave me strength, as a mother, during an extremely difficult time. He worked with great integrity and honesty with my son and our entire family, and he had my son’s best interest in mind at all times.
— Tammy D.
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