Macon Juvenile Crime Attorneys
Providing Comprehensive Defense for Charges Involving Minors
At Cooper, Draughon & Cooper, our Macon juvenile law attorneys have experience representing the State and families in juvenile law cases. Team leader Ashley Cooper spent several years as the lead prosecutor in the Juvenile Court of Bibb County while employed as an Assistant District Attorney. For the past several years, Ms. Cooper and our other team members have handled a wide range of juvenile cases including matters of juvenile delinquency, drug offenses, traffic violations, dependency issues, school disciplinary panels, and DFCS matters. Our team members care about our clients on an individual basis and know that their representation can make a tremendous impact in the life of each juvenile client.
The Federal Juvenile Delinquency Act states that an action is considered juvenile delinquency if committed by a minor who is under 18 years old but the action is otherwise considered a crime by state law. Several rules are then outlined in regards to procedures of juvenile courts, and the punishments they must hand out.
Individuals who are younger than 17 years old when the alleged crimes were committed will generally receive different treatment than adult offenders committing the same crimes.
While juvenile defendants do share legal rights with adults to some extent, this is not true across the board. Rather than trial by jury, for example, juvenile cases are reviewed by a Juvenile Court judge. Judgments can range from case dismissals and long-term confinement.
In the case of juveniles, confinement can mean:
- Youth Detention Center
- Youth camp
- Adult correctional facility
Whereas the adult criminal justice system is generally a punitive one, the judgments on juvenile cases are intended to help with rehabilitation.
My Child is Facing Charges - Now What?
As soon as you find out that your child has had a run-in with the law, the clock is ticking. Retaining a skilled and determined Macon juvenile crime attorney to represent you can provide the critical insight you need on the rights that each of you has. Whether the case is able to remain to be tried in Juvenile Court, or is moved up to the Superior Courts, our team has the thorough attention to detail necessary to fight for your child's rights.
Representation with Dedication & Experience
Cooper, Draughon & Cooper’s Juvenile Law team is driven by an unwavering dedication to helping your child regain their footing and ensuring that they get the chance to turn over a new leaf. Our emphatic and experienced advocacy can make a remarkable difference in whether or not a case is resolved satisfactorily. Regardless of what you are facing, our team has the skill you need to address it with poise and finesse.
Our Macon juvenile defense lawyers at Cooper, Draughon & Cooper stands prepared to assist you to understand the proceedings and to provide that legal guidance. Call today to schedule your free consultation!