Appeals of juvenile adjudications (the juvenile equivalent of a conviction) are similar to those in adult court, but a separate body of laws applies. Juvenile cases are “quasi criminal,” so criminal constitutional rights apply, but they are technically civil cases, so appeals follow the rules for civil appeals.
Whereas criminal cases in Texas may be appealed up to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, juvenile cases may be appealed up to the Texas Supreme Court.
The Texas Supreme Court generally follows the lead of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, but it is not bound by it, so when the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has gotten something wrong in an adult criminal case, the Texas Supreme Court might not make the same error in a juvenile case.
If you have a juvenile adjudication and you need to hire a lawyer for the appeal, call Bennett & Bennett at 713.224.1747.