Juvenile Court

Has your child been arrested? If you are looking for an attorney experienced in defending juvenile crime charges, and deprivation cases, the Law Office of W. Charlton Allen can help.

Juvenile cases are very different from adult criminal cases in state and federal court. The system is meant to provide minors with rehabilitation rather than focus solely on punishment. Unfortunately, depending on the offense itself or the minor's history of other criminal activity, the court may impose very harsh penalties or may even try a minor as an adult, where he or she would face the same penalties as an adult in a similar situation.

When a minor is arrested or accused of a criminal offense, he or she has the right to legal counsel. A minor may be falsely accused or may be facing serious charges based upon entirely circumstantial evidence or upon an unreliable witness's testimony. A juvenile defense lawyer can work to protect the minor's rights and can fight to help him or her avoid a conviction and serious penalties.

Examples of Traffic Violations

At the Law Office of W. Charlton Allen, we take on all types of juvenile crime cases throughout Georgia. Some of the types of cases we handle include:

  • Petty theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Drug crimes
  • Vandalism
  • Arson
  • DUI / drunk driving
  • Violent crimes
  • Sex crimes
  • Auto theft

Juvenile Crimes Defense

The prosecution will often attempt to certify a minor as an adult. Our first concern is to keep the case under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court system, where the focus is more on rehabilitation and treatment, not punishment.

Protecting Your Future

At the Law Office of W. Charlton Allen, we also focus on protecting your son or daughter's juvenile record. Under some circumstances, we may be able to keep a juvenile conviction off of your child's record. A criminal record can limit your child's future options for employment and education. So it is important to hire an attorney to make sure the child's record is protected.

We are discreet and creative. We will look at all possible options to get you the result you need. Contact us at 770-938-1770 to put our knowledge and experience to work for you.

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