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Juvenile Defense


Juvenile Defense

Juvenile Defense –  Protecting Bright Futures

Atlanta Area Defense Lawyer for Minor Offenders

If your child has been arrested or is facing juvenile charges, it’s normal to be concerned not only with the direction and welfare of your child, but also how the charges reflect on your family and you as a parent.  With Phyllis Gingrey Collins on you and your child’s side, you can rest assured that every effort will be made not only to keep the situation private, but also to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your family.

A Few Key Things To Understand About Juvenile Charges

The Georiga Juvenile Justice System has some key differences from the traditional criminal defense courts in Georgia.  Among them:  

  • Juvenile Courts are Private
    Unlike criminal charges for adults, there are not open hearings, and the charges and results of the proceedings are not public.  Grant it, you will still have to contend with neighborhood and school gossip, but you can depend on there being no formal, public announcement of the charges.
  • Juveniles are NOT entitled to a jury.  A judge will decide their guilt or innocence
    Experience and familiarity with the juvenile court judges and how they view the juvenile correction system can make a huge difference in your case.  The best criminal defense lawyer in all of Atlanta may not know a thing about the juvenile justice system; make sure the lawyer you hire has experience that fits your needs.
  • Juveniles are not entitled to Bail
    Unlike trials for adults, juveniles are not entitled to bail.  That means whatever sentence the judge imposes will be served inside a juvenile correction facility in its entirety.  Therefore, it’s advisable to make every effort you can to ensure the trial ends in the best possible outcome.

Ensuring that the Judge Hears Your Side of the Story

I understand that anyone, and especially someone who is under the age of 18, can get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.  As a result, what should have been a future story about a youthful mistake turns into a formal criminal charge.  The Georgia Juvenile Justice System then decides if, and what type of punishment your child will be subject to.  It can feel both overwhelming and incredibly high stakes as a parent.  Having a calm, knowledgeable advocate on your side can make a huge difference not just in managing the process, but also getting the best possible result.

Types of Charges Common Among Youth Offenders

While juvenile offenders are subject to different rules for how the criminal prosecution process is played out, a juvenile can be charged with any crime that an adult can be charged with.  Phyllis Gingrey Collins has extensive experience successfully defending juveniles charged with:

  • Computer-Related Crimes
  • Underage DUI
  • Other Alcohol Related Charges
  • Theft or Shoplifting Charges

Contact Me Today for a Free Initial Consultation

I look forward to helping you understand how Georgia juvenile law applies to your child’s situation.  I can answer your questions and give you an idea of what the defense process might look like for your circumstances.  Call, text or email me today to take the first step.        ` 


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