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Juvenile Defense

Has your child been charged with a juvenile offense? Are you worried this charge could ruin their future?

Hiring an attorney who understands the juvenile court system can make all the difference.

Juvenile defense​ attorneys Paul Doyle and Trevor Sharon in Houston, TX, can ensure your child's rights, freedom, and future are protected.

Has Your Child Been Detained by Authorities? Call Our Houston, TX, Law Office To Book a Free Case Review

A juvenile in Texas is anyone at least 10 years old and under the age of 17. If your child is being detained, they are not in jail – so you cannot post bond as you would for an adult. To get them out, you have to attend a juvenile detention hearing. Contacting an attorney who deals with cases involving juvenile court should be your first step in getting your child out of holding.

How Paul Doyle and Associates Can Help Your Child


Paul Doyle is a former prosecutor who can handle your child's juvenile charges aggressively and with commitment. He and his team work hard behind the scenes for the best possible resolution.

Meet Our Awarded Attorneys

Juvenile criminal cases are governed by a very specific set of laws that makes them different, and in some ways more complex, than cases for adults. Our Houston attorneys are very knowledgeable about all relevant Texas criminal laws regarding minors.
Paul Doyle

Paul Doyle

Paul spent seven years as a Harris County prosecutor. He now draws upon his knowledge of prosecution to predict which strategies will be used against his clients in juvenile court. His consistent success for Houston clients has led to widespread recognition. For example, Forbes included him in its prestigious Texas Leaders in Law list.

Trevor Sharon

Trevor Sharon

A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Trevor has been practicing law since 2013. He has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers® every single year from 2019 through 2023, an honor reserved for 2.5% of young Texan lawyers. He takes pride in helping minor clients beat charges so they can build a better future.

Don't Let Your Child's Future Be Jeopardized

Contact Our Houston Law Firm Today for a Free Consultation

Don't gamble with your child's future if they are being faced with criminal charges. Attorneys Paul Doyle and Trevor Sharon have successfully defended several high-profile cases and are not afraid of a challenge. They will fight to protect the rights, freedom, and future of your child and do everything they can to ensure a successful outcome.

Don't leave your child's future in the hands of a public defender. Hire our lawyers to defend the person who matters to you most. If you need criminal defense for your child, contact our Houston, Texas, firm today and request your free consultation. You can reach out online or call:


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Hear From Past Clients

"Paul is the best lawyer in town! If you are aiming for dismissal this is your guy!"

Ben Sanderson, 2023 5-Star Review

"Excellent Service 10/10 Recommend. You will not be disappointed with the outcome of your case! Trevor Sharon Is THE BEST  #1 ! Criminal Justice Lawyer In Houston Hands Down! Guaranteed 100%"

Yander Noguera, 2023 5-Star Review

The Myth About Juvenile Criminal Charges


Many parents believe if their child is under the age of 18 when they are charged, they will not be tried as an adult or their record will be cleared once they turn 18. However, depending on the severity of the criminal offense, or if your child is a habitual offender, they could be tried as an adult and moved to an adult prison system when they turn 18 to finish their sentence.

Hundreds of Dismissals Achieved for Houston Clients

Our case results highlight some but certainly not all of the many courtroom victories achieved by our attorneys. Among the nearly 400 dismissals listed are cases revolving around drugs charges, aggravated assaults, DWI, and sex crimes. 

What Can I Do As a Parent?

If your child has been charged and detained, you have rights and responsibilities that can help them through this stressful time.

"Hiring a criminal defense lawyer is the best way to ensure your child's future is protected."
"Hiring a criminal defense lawyer is the best way to ensure your child's future is protected."

Hire An Attorney

Hiring a lawyer to build your child's criminal defense should be one of the first steps you take.

Visit Your Child

You can visit and talk to your child during their detainment. This is going to be important for both you and your child's emotional and mental well-being.

Attend the Hearing

You should attend all hearings and proceedings.

Give Them Guidance

You and your attorney should give your child guidance on how to comply with juvenile court orders and general behavior throughout the proceedings.

We Can Get Confessions Thrown Out

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If your child made a false confession while under duress, their case might seem hopeless. The truth is, there are various avenues for having such confessions thrown out entirely. 

The Texas Family Code sets forth extremely specific requirements that must be met by law enforcement when obtaining confessions from a juvenile. Before any confession, a child must be brought without delay to a juvenile processing office. If your child was brought somewhere else first, or made to wait an excessive period, this could have impacted their confession. 

Furthermore, before any written confession a child must be made aware that they have the right to terminate their interview with law enforcement at any time. If these and other provisions are violated, our attorneys can possibly void any confession.


We Can Explore Deferred Prosecution

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There are some situations where a minor defendant has little to no defense for the crime they committed. That being said, if your child is not a habitual offender and the offense they are charged with is not especially egregious, our attorneys may be able to negotiate with the juvenile court's officers to engage in deferred prosecution. 

Deferred prosecution is an alternative to formal adjudication that allows a minor to engage in a probationary period that is typically six months long. During this period, the child has to complete community service as well as other court-mandated programs such as counseling. If the child completes all aspects, their case can be totally resolved without the creation of any criminal record. 


Expungement for Your Juvenile

Your child could face issues in their future endeavors if they have a criminal conviction on their record. Our Houston attorneys can fight to get your child's record sealed or expunged, which opens up opportunities for their future careers, education, and personal interests.

Sealed Record

A sealed record can help your child pursue further education, a career, and housing since the public will be unable to access their criminal record. However, a sealed record does not hide the conviction from police departments or immigration agencies.

Expunged Record

An expunged record is the goal for any offender. If your record is expunged, neither the public nor law enforcement agencies can view your criminal history. Having an expunged record is essentially like you never committed the crime in the first place. If your child's charge has a possibility of being expunged, our attorneys will work tirelessly to get this order from the judge. An expunged record is the best way your child can secure a promising future.

A Trusted Harris County Law Firm

“I’ve got a real good lawyer, one of the best in the country... He did a good job.”

- College Football Hall of Famer Vince Young


Paul Doyle

Paul Doyle & Associates

Paul Doyle & Associates was named "The Best of the Best in Criminal Defense" by the Houston Chronicle in 2021. No matter the criminal charges you face, attorney Paul Doyle and his team can defend your rights and, if necessary, represent you in court. Paul Doyle is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • The Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association

Request a free consultation with our firm right now by contacting us online or by calling (713) 228-9200.

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