Frank Crowley Courts Building - 133 N. Riverfront Boulevard, LB 19, Dallas, TX 75207
Phone: (214) 653-3600 • Fax: (214) 653-5774
Located in the Henry Wade Juvenile Justice Center at 2600 Lone Star in Dallas, Texas, the Juvenile Division of the District Attorney’s Office prosecutes crimes committed by youth at least 10 but less than 17 years old at the time of the commission of the offense.
The types of offenses prosecuted in this division range from Class B misdemeanors like shoplifting all the way to capital murder. Although this division seeks to protect the public by rehabilitating juvenile offenders through various programs provided by the Dallas County Juvenile Department, it does not hesitate to seek confinement in the Texas Juvenile Justice Department or even certification as an adult for the more serious offenders.
Fortunately, violent crime represents only a fraction of the offenses we see. Therefore, we are able to utilize specialty courts and other diversion programs for many youth who wind up with a referral to the juvenile system, so that the rehabilitative needs of the youth can be met without a formal court process. In addition to other diversion programs, we utilize the following specialty courts: ESTEEM Court for girls, Diversionary Male Court for boys, Mental Health Court and Drug Court, to name a few. In the Juvenile Division of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office we are committed to a balanced approach of seeking justice. We do not hesitate to use all legal tools to make Dallas County safer with the understanding that a youth who does not recidivate in the future will have an opportunity to be a productive member of our society.
This division also represents the Texas Department of Family Protective Services aka CPS in cases that affect the parent-child relationship. In most of our CPS cases a child has been removed from his/her home by CPS after CPS determines that the child is in danger. Unfortunately, these cases sometimes result in the termination of the legal parent – child relationship. However, it often occurs that custody of the child is granted to a relative who can provide a safe environment for the child. And of course, there is always hope that the child is returned to the parent once the parent establishes that he/she can provide a safe environment for the child. That is a win for the child, the parent and Dallas County.
In a nutshell, the Juvenile Division of the DA’s Office seeks to serve the citizens of Dallas County by rehabilitating youth who may have had a youthful indiscretion, and protecting youth from dangerous living situations that may be abusive or neglectful.