Your son or daughter—between the ages of 10 and 16—has been detained for a criminal offense. They are either released to you or placed in a detention center. There is no bond, but there are detention hearings. They may be formally charged through what is called a petition alleging delinquent conduct unless it is called a DS petition. They may also be released on probation or sent to the Texas Youth Commission (prison for kids). Under certain circumstances, they can actually be sentenced to adult prison or placed on adult probation.
The truth is, juvenile law is an area of the law requiring knowledge of both criminal and family law. Steve Lee has worked juvenile cases for more than 20 years and has represented children within the full range of offenses.
Sometimes juvenile records can be sealed and sometimes they can't. Your child is charged with a crime, but many provisions of the law that will affect them for the rest of their life are in the Texas Family Code.