The Juvenile Courts of Georgia have jurisdiction over a child until their 17th birthday. Criminal offenses are called “delinquent acts” and juveniles are found to be either a delinquent child or a child in need of services. Juvenile Court seeks to rehabilitate the child rather than to punish the child as adult courts are inclined to do. If a juvenile is placed in custody, this will be at the Regional Youth Detention Center, rather than an adult jail. Special laws govern the detention of a juvenile, so it is imperative that you hire an attorney who knows how juvenile court works.
Nicole McArthur is a former prosecutor, where she prosecuted cases in juvenile court for several years. Ms. McArthur understands the process of juvenile court and will use her expertise to fight for your son or daughter. She understands that sometimes good kids make bad decisions and it is necessary to ensure that those bad decisions do not have a lasting impact on the child’s future. In many instances, the case can be handled informally with probation or community service. Often times, you can obtain a court order to seal the juvenile court record so it does not follow the child the rest of their life. This is why it is important to hire an attorney who understands the process. Contact The Law Office of Nicole L. McArthur, LLC, to speak with an experienced attorney who understands the juvenile court process.