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Juvenile Crimes Lawyer in Albany, GA

Immediate Steps for Parents With Charged Minors

In Georgia, minors over the age of 13 and under the age of 17 can be tried in the juvenile court system if they are charged with a “status offense” or “delinquent act.” These acts are generally what would be considered crimes if the minor in question was an adult. A status offense is typically less serious than a delinquent act and would not be considered a crime if the individual was an adult. Status offenses can include various actions, but the most common offenses include truancy and failure to follow curfew.

If your child is facing delinquent act charges or a status offense or has been taken into custody, contact our Albany juvenile crimes attorney right away. We can help you understand what rights your child has, as well as your own rights as a parent or guardian. Our firm offers honest, compassionate legal guidance and skilled representation throughout the process.

Schedule a consultation with our attorney, Tommy Duck, by calling (229) 999-4147 or filling out an online contact form today. We serve clients throughout Dougherty, Worth, and Lee Counties.

What Is a Delinquent or Unruly Act?

Under state law, juveniles are not charged with “crimes;” instead, they are considered delinquent or unruly if they commit certain prohibited actions.

Delinquent or unruly acts vary, but can include:

  • Being in possession of drugs or alcohol
  • Disobeying court-ordered supervision
  • Being out past curfew
  • Deserting home/being a runaway
  • Habitual disobedience

Juveniles can also be charged with felony offenses, including homicide, voluntary manslaughter, armed robbery, theft, possession of a firearm, sex crimes, and more. Felonies are separate from other types of juvenile crimes and typically carry harsher penalties. Additionally, a person under the age of 21 may be tried in juvenile court if he or she committed a juvenile offense before the age of 17. If convicted, a juvenile can be placed in the responsibility of the juvenile court system until he or she reaches the age of 21.

Understanding Juvenile Crime Challenges in Albany, GA

Living in Albany, GA, parents, and guardians face unique challenges regarding juvenile offenses. The local community, including Dougherty, Worth, and Lee Counties, is served by various government entities, such as the Dougherty County Juvenile Court and the Albany Police Department, which play crucial roles in handling juvenile cases. While these institutions work diligently to maintain order, the process can overwhelm families.

One common issue in Albany is truancy, which is often exacerbated by the area's economic and social conditions. The Dougherty County School System has initiatives to combat truancy, but when these measures fail, legal consequences can follow. Additionally, curfew violations are another frequent concern, especially in neighborhoods with limited community activities.

At Thomas V. Duck III, P.C., we understand the local landscape and the specific pain points Albany residents face. Whether navigating the complexities of the juvenile court system or dealing with the emotional stress of a child's legal troubles, our firm is here to provide the support and guidance you need. We are familiar with the local laws and procedures and are committed to helping you and your child through this challenging time.

For parents in Albany, knowing that a dedicated legal team is ready to assist can make all the difference. Contact us today to discuss your situation and learn how we can help protect your child's future.

Contact Our Albany Juvenile Crimes Attorney Today

Every case is unique and the circumstances involved in your or your child’s situation will likely have an impact on whether he or she is taken into custody, possible penalties, and more. At Thomas V. Duck III, P.C., our Albany juvenile criminal defense attorney has extensive experience navigating this particular system. No matter how complex your situation may be, we can help you understand your options and work to defend your legal rights.

Call the firm at (229) 999-4147 to schedule a confidential case evaluation with Tommy Duck today.

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