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 dangerous offenders.
This division also prosecutes cases where Child Protective Services has removed a child from his/her home if the child is determined to be in danger. These cases sometimes result in the termination of the legal parent – child relationship or granting custody of the child to a different relative, or sometimes the child is returned to the parent once the parent establishes that he/she can provide a safe environment for the child.