Juvenile Defense

When a child or teenager is arrested, it puts an enormous strain on parents and family members. The process can be confusing and scary for the defendant, which makes it even more horrifying for the parents. With compassion and understanding, Attorney Gil provides expert representation and counsel for juvenile defense cases.

What You Should Know About Juvenile Law

There are many differences between the adult justice system and the juvenile justice system, and there are things you should know going into juvenile proceedings:

  • Any juvenile may be taken into custody if there is a reason to believe he or she committed an offense.
  • Juveniles do not have the right to a trial by jury.
  • If the juvenile is not detained, upon their release a court worker will continue the investigation into the juvenile’s background and current status.
  • Under special circumstances, juveniles can be tried as adults.
  • The court decides what is in the best interest of the juvenile while determining whether a formal hearing will take place.

Because there are many nuances and details regarding juvenile law, you should always consult with an experienced juvenile defense lawyer to understand the process and decide which steps to take next.

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Common Juvenile Charges in Georgia

The state of Georgia provides a range of responses to address criminal acts committed by juveniles which fall under two categories:

  • Children in need of services
  • Designated felony acts committed by children

These are among the most common juvenile charges:

  • Possession or consumption of alcohol
  • Possession or consumption of illegal substances (i.e. drugs)
  • Purchase of cigarettes
  • Vandalism and graffiti
  • Shoplifting & petty theft
  • Joyriding
  • Fighting in a public place
  • Indecent exposure
  • Bullying amounting to assault
  • Physical assault
  • Traffic violations
  • Trespassing
  • Egging, toilet-papering, and damage to mailboxes
  • False reporting and bomb threats

If your child has been charged, is under criminal investigation, or you’re worried they might be charged, you should seek the advice of an experienced juvenile defense attorney even if your child has not been charged. This will help you determine what to do and know what to expect down the road.

Age Restrictions in the Juvenile Justice System

The age of juvenile defendants determines how the process of the juvenile court will go. For example:

  • Minors under the age of 7 generally cannot be tried, even in juvenile court. However, their parents may be held responsible for their actions.
  • The most common age of juvenile defendants is between 7 and 15.
  • Defendants between the ages of 15 and 17 can be tried as adults for serious crimes.
  • In the state of Georgia, anyone 17 years or older is legally considered an adult in criminal court.

With this information, you can get a basic understanding of how the juvenile justice system works. This information should not be used to make decisions regarding your case, and you should consult an experienced attorney such as Attorney Gil to help you know what to do moving forward with your child’s case. With compassion and understanding, Attorney Gil will always put the best interests of your child first.

Juvenile Defense Attorney Serving Atlanta, Georgia

Has your child been arrested? Are they being held at a police station? You want to get the best representation and counsel for your child no matter the circumstances. With experience in juvenile defense and expert litigation skills, Attorney Gil can help you and your family put everything back together and making sure your child is treated fairly. Call Attorney Gil today.