Robert R. McLendon, IV understands the Georgia Juvenile Justice System. In response to the recent increase in violent crimes committed by children, many states have adopted a “get tough” approach to juvenile justice. It is now more important than ever to have a competent juvenile justice attorney to represent your child.
With a few exceptions, Georgia’s Juvenile Courts have exclusive jurisdiction over delinquency cases for individuals under 17 years of age. Unlike criminal acts, offenses adjudicated in juvenile court do not carry the same weight or meaning as a criminal conviction. McLendon will help you navigate through this complicated process.
Juvenile courts generally have authority over three categories of children: juveniles accused of criminal conduct; juveniles neglected or abused by their parents or in need of assistance from the state; and juveniles accused of a status offense. The mission of juvenile courts differs from that of adult courts and for that reason, you need an attorney who is skilled and experienced in Georgia juvenile law.