Edwards, McLeod, & Money specializes in providing expert legal advice for families or individuals facing an issue in the juvenile court system. The juvenile court system has jurisdiction of children 16 years of age and under for delinquent, ungovernable, and traffic offenses.
While Delinquency actions may look and feel like criminal actions, in truth they are very different. If your child is involved in a delinquency case, please contact the Edwards, McLeod & Money to schedule a time for you and your child to sit down with an attorney and learn what alternatives are available.
There are some charges, defined as “Designated Felonies,” that a child can be adjudicated for that can result in the child being placed in state custody for up to five years. A designated felony act is a second or subsequent offense committed by a child between the ages of 13 and 17 for the following offenses:
§ 16-7-86 (attempt or conspiracy);
If your child has been charged with any of the above, then it is imperative that he or she obtain knowledgeable and effective attorney before proceeding any further.
It is also important to understand that Juvenile Court DOES NOT have jurisdiction for the following cases, called the “Seven Deadly Sins”, if committed between the ages of 13 and 17. The child is then subject to the jurisdiction of the Superior Court, not the Juvenile Court:
It is also important to understand that you can be held responsible for committing a crime without being the one who physically commits that crime. Under O.C.G.A. § 16-2-20, every person concerned in the commission of a crime is a party thereto and may be charged with and convicted of commission of the crime. A person is concerned in the commission of a crime only if he:
If you or your child has been charged with any delinquent offense, before talking to the police, intake, or any member of the court, please call Edwards, McLeod & Money to discuss what you should do, and should not do, to preserve the rights of the accused.
Edwards, McLeod, & Money are located in Douglasville, GA; and serves as the premier West Georgia juvenile delinquency attorneys. Our firm has a solid record of successfully winning legal actions on a wide range of issues throughout West Georgia and the entire Atlanta Metro area.