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If you have a Juvenile crimes case, hiring an Atlanta Juvenile crimes attorney from Conoscienti and Ledbetter can help you. Book an appointment with us today.
Author: J. Blake Ledbetter, Partner, Conoscienti & Ledbetter
Mr. Ledbetter specializes in civil litigation in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia, and possesses vast experience in wrongful death lawsuits. Mr. Ledbetter was recognized as a SuperLawyers Rising Star in 2018 and 2019 in the area of Civil Litigation. Published on June 27, 2023.
In Georgia, if a minor gets arrested for a criminal offense, it is considered a juvenile crime. In the context of criminal prosecution, a minor is defined as an individual between the ages of thirteen and seventeen.
Under O.C.G.A. §16-3-1, the minimum age for criminal prosecution is 13 years old. This is because children below the age of 13 are considered unable to fully understand and intentionally commit delinquent acts.
Criminal convictions have devastating consequences for minors and their families. They may be arrested, placed on probation, and sent to juvenile prison. They may also lose educational, sponsorship, or employment opportunities. Depending on the crime’s severity and the minor’s age, the juvenile court may also decide to try the minor as an adult.
Navigating the juvenile criminal justice system is tough when you lack experience. So, hiring a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer is highly recommended.
At Conoscienti and Ledbetter, we help our clients in Atlanta defend their juvenile cases. We can fight to protect your child’s rights and help bring them back home safely.
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Confinement in a juvenile detention facility
Confinement in a juvenile facility for an unspecified time
Counseling or other mental health treatment
Detention in a juvenile facility for a specific period
Driver’s license suspension
Drug and alcohol counseling or treatment
Fines and restitution
Confinement at home
Removal from the home and placement with another guardian
Supervised or unsupervised probation
Assigned as a ward of the state under the treatment and control of the court
Juvenile Courts aim to hold minors accountable while acting in their best interests. They aim to provide treatment and rehabilitation rather than punishing a child.
Minors taken into custody are formally processed into the system. They are assigned a juvenile intake officer who will investigate the charges. If the officer has enough evidence, they will decide whether to hold the minor in custody pending their hearing.
Minors should not be kept at a detention facility for more than seventy-two hours unless there are specific reasons for detaining them. Some reasons include:
That the child is a threat to themselves and the public
That they are at risk of harm
That they have prior criminal convictions
That they are likely to commit the same offense if they are released
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Minors over thirteen who commit certain severe offenses may be treated as adults and brought before a superior court. After the minor is arrested, prosecutors may go past the juvenile delinquency process and file the case in a district court, where adult criminal cases are tried.
Some crimes that are charged in the adult court include:
- Aggravated assault
- Aggravated battery
- Aggravated sodomy
- Aggravated child molestation
- Aggravated sexual battery
- Armed robbery
- Arson in the first degree
- Attempted murder
- Drug trafficking
- Gang crimes
- Voluntary manslaughter
An experienced attorney familiar with juvenile law and its proceedings can give you a better chance of obtaining a better outcome. So, choosing the right attorney to represent you is essential. You should look for the following when choosing an attorney to represent your case:
- Whether they have handled various juvenile cases in Georgia
- Whether they are licensed to practice in Georgia
- Whether they are familiar with the processes at the juvenile court and adult court
Why Do You Need a Juvenile Crimes Attorney?
Juvenile crimes fall under a specific law area requiring an attorney’s experience. A criminal defense attorney can inform you of your rights as a juvenile and assist you in navigating the juvenile court system.
Conoscienti and Ledbetter’s juvenile attorneys have extensive knowledge about juvenile crimes. We understand when to request certain protections for our juvenile clients to protect their privacy rights. These include keeping their name confidential or requesting that they seal their records.
Our lawyers are familiar with juvenile proceedings and know how criminal charges may affect a child’s life. So, we represent them at the juvenile court and create an aggressive defense strategy on their behalf.
If the juvenile court enters a guilty verdict, we can request another sentencing option than what the court proposes. If the court decides that the minor be tried as an adult, we can negotiate for the child’s rehabilitation with the prosecution.
We understand that facing criminal charges as or for your minor can be a daunting and worrisome experience. However, we are here to provide individually tailored representation to guide you through this challenging situation.
Our dedicated team is committed to offering personalized legal assistance, ensuring that your minor receives the attention, support, and advocacy they deserve.
Contact us today if you are a minor or parent of a minor accused of committing delinquent acts.