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One Mistake

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Everyone Makes Mistakes

Mistakes are how we Learn

One mistake can affect the rest of your life, but it doesn't have to. Everyone makes mistakes. How we respond to mistakes is what decides whether it becomes a derailing tragedy or a learning opportunity.

Learning from Mistakes

Kids will make mistakes, it is a natural part of growing up. This does not mean that your child is a bad kid or that you did anything wrong. A mistakes is something to learn from, not something that should jeopardize your child's future.

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Juvenile Defense Lawyer in Georgia

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 can be Tried as Adults Juvenile defense lawyers play a critical role in the legal system, particularly when it comes to the complex issue of juveniles being charged as adults. In certain circumstances, based on the severity of the crime or the age of the juvenile, they can be subject to adult criminal charges. This can have significant consequences, as being tried as an adult can result in harsher penalties and a permanent criminal record.

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:

Contact Me Today for a 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. `