A Dedicated Juvenile Delinquency Defense Attorney
In our juvenile law practice, we represent parents whose children are alleged to be dependent. Jody A. Miller also serves as a juvenile delinquency defense attorney for children under the age of 17 who are accused of committing delinquent acts, which are acts that would be considered a crime if committed by an adult. In delinquency proceedings, we represent the child in juvenile court.
We represent juveniles accused of all types of delinquent acts such as:
- Traffic offenses
- Drug possession
- Underage possession of alcohol
- Assault and battery
- Trespass and property destruction
If your child has been accused of a delinquent act, it is important to consult an attorney who is familiar with the rules and procedures of juvenile court. In Georgia, juvenile courts are an entirely separate system from adult court and different rules and consequences apply. For example, a juvenile who is accused of a criminal act cannot be adjudicated a delinquent merely on the basis of a confession.
As a family law firm that provides juvenile delinquency defense, we listen to our clients in an attempt to determine if there are problems at home that may lead a child to commit a delinquent act; this is an aspect of juvenile practice that criminal defense attorneys serving adults may not emphasize.
Child Dependency Defense Attorney
A child may be considered dependent if he or she is abused, neglected or in need of protection by the court; has been placed for care or adoption in violation of the law; or is without a parent, guardian or legal custodian.
Any of the following could lead to a child being deemed dependent:
- Lack of medical treatment for the child
- Not sending the child to school
- Unsanitary living conditions
- Lack of food in the house
- Physical abuse
- Corporal punishment
Accusations of child dependency can be made by anybody who has knowledge of the facts, including a school employee, a neighbor or friend, a relative, or the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS).
When a child is alleged to have been dependent, we represent one or both parents with a goal of reunification of the family.