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Juvenile Crimes

Paulding County Juvenile Crimes Lawyer

Experienced Representation Against Juvenile Charges in Georgia

The criminal justice system in our area is rigid on all forms of juvenile crime. If your child has been arrested and charged with any offense, you must take action to resolve the situation and defend your child's future. The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice reports 535 commitments to juvenile detention centers in the Paulding County region in 2011, down from 612 the year before and 653 the year before that. Juvenile crime charges result in the commitment of 22% of cases in our area. In contrast, many others result in the defendant being placed on probation, referred to a diversion program, or the case being dismissed by the prosecutor.

Has your child been charged with a crime in Georgia? Call Henrickson & Sereebutra today at (770) 212-3313 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our juvenile crimes attorney in Paulding County! 

Common Types of Juvenile Offenses

According to statistics provided by the DJJ, property crimes, including theftand vandalism, are the most common type of juvenile offense, accounting for 33% of all reported violations. Violent crimes, including assault and battery, are the next most prevalent (26%), followed by offenses against public order (14%), probation violations (13%), and violent sex crimes. Drug crimes such as possession and sales are also common causes of commitment, accounting for 5% of cases.

When are Juveniles Tried as Adults?

There are certain offenses when juveniles are tried as adults, inclduing:

  • Murder
  • Voluntary manslaughter
  • Rape
  • Aggravated sodomy
  • Aggravated child molestation
  • Aggravated sexual battery
  • Aggravated battery
  • Armed robbery

Another circumstance is when the minor is at least 15 years old at the time of the offense and the crime would normally be tried as a felony charge if they were an adult. If this situation arises than the prosecution can petition the Superior Court.

Contact Our Juvenile Crimes Attorney Today


Contact a Paulding County criminal defense lawyer at Henrickson & Sereebutra as early as possible after your child's arrest for a confidential consultation to learn about the situation's legal aspects and allow our team to begin working on your case. An attorney from our firm can represent your child throughout the process by seeking an early release from custody at the hearing, which should be held no later than 48 hours after the decision to detain, through seeking to have the case dismissed at the adjudicatory hearing and possibly requesting probation or a diversion program at the dispositional hearing.

The goal will always be to get your child out of the criminal justice system and back into your custody so that your family can deal with the situation in your way and move into the future with minimal negative repercussions.

Contact Henrickson & Sereebutra today to schedule a FREE consultation with our juvenile crimes lawyer in Paulding County!

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