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Juvenile Determinate Sentencing in Texas (Audio Only)

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Produced on August 21, 2018

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Course Information

Time 1h 4m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Criminal

Course Description

The laws concerning juvenile delinquency in Texas are found in a hybrid of the Texas Penal Code and Title 3 of the Texas Family Code. The Family Code governs the procedural aspects of delinquency cases while the Penal Code governs the specific offenses which are unlawful. The Family Code sets out two ultimate ways to resolve cases on a formal basis. These would be indeterminate sentence cases and determinate sentence cases. Cases can also be transferred to an adult district court (commonly referred to as certification) but that is not an ultimate resolution it is simply transferring the case from juvenile to adult court. This course will focus on determinate sentence cases, the most serious cases handled in juvenile court.

Join attorney Chris Allen from the Law Offices of Chris Allen and Bill Pattillo as he discusses what juvenile practitioners need to know to effectively navigate the nuances of determinate sentence cases in Texas whether it be from the angle of a prosecutor or a defense attorney.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine the “ins and outs” of Section 53.045 of the Texas Family and its relation to other relevant statutes in the Family Code
  2. Explore the immediate effects of a determinate sentence to your client
  3. Discuss possible strategies as a defense attorney to avoid a determinate sentence
  4. Review determinate sentences as they relate to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD)
  5. Analyze the long term effects of a determinate sentence to your client

Credit Information

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Christopher Allen

Law Offices of Chris Allen and Bill Pattillo

Chris Allen has been a licensed attorney in the State of Texas since November of 2001. Chris graduated from Abilene Christian University in May of 1998 before proceeding directly to Texas Tech School of Law from which he graduated in May of 2001. He started his career at the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office prosecuting adult misdemeanors and felonies. In 2006 he accepted a job with the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office which handles the prosecution of juvenile cases. In 2009 as Chief of the Juvenile Prosecution Division of the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office he became Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Juvenile Law. He is currently 1 out of only 69 lawyers in the State of Texas to hold that distinction. In 2011, Chris went into private practice with good friend and similarly Board Certified in Juvenile Law partner Bill Pattillo. Together they have a contract with Montgomery County to handle all juvenile cases in which the families are indigent. It has been a very successful endeavor even being recognized by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals with the Gideon’s Award for most successful indigent defense program in the State of Texas in 2013. Chris has a wonderful wife of 17 years and a beautiful 5 year old son (and two usually great dogs).


Edward A.

Good presentation and the speaker was perfect!

mark s.

very great information. Thank you

Claudine E.

Very informative. Enjoyed the presentation.

jasmine c.

My favorite thus far.

Christopher M.

Not my area of practice, but very informative

Stephen N.

Nice job.

richard d.

good info

Venessa R.

Really informative and I enjoyed listening as well.

Michael G.

good job Chris.

Julie R.

Even though I no longer do Juvenile cases, it was a very good refresher course.

Robin B.

Excellent presentation.

Oscar P.

Very good!

Jason J.

Best Texas Criminal CLE I've seen on here. Practical.

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