Giving Youthful Offenders A Second Chance

A child getting in trouble with the law can be a parent's worst nightmare. If your child has been charged with a juvenile offense, you may understandably fear for what the consequences will be, both now and in his or her future. While juvenile offenders go through a different legal process than adults because of their age, the consequences of a juvenile charge can still be severe. For a felony charge in the juvenile justice system, without the proper legal protection, a juvenile offender could be sentenced to up to five years in youth prison. To consult with an experienced juvenile delinquency or dependency defender in Newnan, Georgia, call our law firm, David Taylor and Associates, LLC, at 770-683-4163, or use our online form to schedule a free initial consultation.

A Different Process For Juveniles

The good news regarding juvenile offenses is that they're treated more leniently in the juvenile court system than they would be if handled in adult court. There is a separate court system for juveniles under the age of 18 who have been charged with a variety of offenses, including:

  • Possession/consumption of alcohol
  • Buying cigarettes
  • Truancy
  • Vandalism
  • Curfew violations

Juveniles can be charged with any kind of misdemeanor or felony that an adult could be charged with, including assault, sex crimes or robbery, but these will be considered offenses and not crimes if the offender is under the age of 16. Furthermore, judges have a greater degree of discretion over how to handle juvenile cases, often applying lesser sentences like probation, community service or fines. But without the counsel and protection of an experienced juvenile law attorney, the penalties for a juvenile offense could still be severe.

Call To Protect A Young Future

If you or a loved one has been charged with a juvenile offense in Newnan County or Coweta County, Georgia, you need the protection and guidance of a lawyer who knows the legal system and can provide you with the strongest possible defense. For a free initial consultation in the Newnan, Georgia, area, call David Taylor and Associates, LLC, at 770-683-4163, or email us to tell us about your case.