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
- Fighting in a public place
- Indecent exposure
- Bullying amounting to assault
- Physical assault
- Traffic violations
- 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.