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Navigating the Juvenile Justice System: A Handbook for Juveniles and Their Families

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22 pages
This handbook, intended for juveniles and their families, provides basic information on the Texas juvenile justice system in a question-answer format.
For youth and their parents who have been or maybe in trouble with the law, the juvenile justice system can be both complicated and overwhelming. This handbook was designed to provide basic information and answers to common questions on the Texas juvenile justice system to assist in offering a better understanding of their rights within the system. The handbook is written to defendants in juvenile court with tips throughout the text. Questions covered in the handbook include: (1) what juveniles can do to help themselves; (2) police, arrest, and interrogation; (3) why juveniles need a lawyer; (4) what to expect after arrest and in court; and (5) what can happen to juveniles. In addition, the handbook concludes with special issues for families of juveniles that contain questions on, but are not limited to what a parent is obligated to pay for, might they lose custody of their child, can the parent get arrested too, what can a parent do to make sure their child’s needs are met before and/or after his/her case has been decided, what to do if the parent believes that their child’s lawyer is not representing him/her well, and what else can they do to help their child’s case?