Juvenile Defense Lawyers
The purpose of Georgia's Juvenile Code is to provide care and guidance to a child that will secure his or her moral, emotional, mental, and physical welfare, as well as the safety of both the child and the community. A child remains in the jurisdiction of the juvenile court until he or she turns 17 years of age.
If your child is facing charges in Juvenile Court, your family life may be disrupted for months or even years. That is why you will need a compassionate advocate on your side. Our attorneys are experienced at defending children throughout all levels of the juvenile process, including Dependency, Children In Need of Services cases, and Delinquency matters. Georgia reformed its Juvenile Code in 2013, and the following is a brief overview of the main types of proceedings in Georgia's juvenile courts.
Dependency proceedings are usually more civil in form. The purpose of dependency proceedings is to assist and protect children whose physical or mental health and welfare is substantially at risk of harm as a result of abuse, neglect, or exploitation and who may be further threatened by the conduct of others, usually their parents/guardians. Our attorneys are experienced advocating for the rights of parents (both the mother and father), as well as for the best interests of the child (as attorney/guardian ad litem).
Children In Need of Services
The Children In Need of Services ("C.H.I.N.S.") program aims to assist children who are faced with truancy, runaway, or habitually disobedient charges. This program provides said child with treatment, care, guidance, counseling, structure, supervision, and rehabilitation that he or she needs to assist him or her in becoming a responsible and productive member of society. The program allows the court to take corrective action in order to protect children from the irreversibility of certain choices and aims to be their lifeline.
Delinquency proceedings are the criminal arm of Georgia's juvenile courts. Their purpose is to hold a child committing delinquent acts (crimes) responsible for his or her actions, taking into account such child's age, education, mental and physical condition, background, and all other relevant factors, but to mitigate the adult consequences of criminal behavior. However, this does not mean that juveniles get a "Get Out of Jail Free" card. Depending on the severity of the crime, a juvenile can be committed to a Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC) for several days, months, or even years.
If you or your child is involved in the juvenile court system, Batten & Batten wants to be a lifeline for you. Call our attorneys today for a free initial consultation.