Traffic Violations & Traffic Tickets in Juvenile Court
When a child under the age of 17 commits a traffic offense and is issued a citation by the police, the case is referred to juvenile court. The child will be required to appear in court with a parent to answer to the charges. Being represented by an experienced juvenile court defense lawyer can make a significant difference in the end result of your child's case. For example, fines, community service and driving classes may be ordered by the judge. Driving privileges are routinely taken away. This results in great hardship for the child and their parent. In many case I have been able to lesson and even eliminate the period of suspension.DUI Cases in Juvenile Court
DUI is considered a serious traffic offense in the State of Georgia. DUI is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $1,000.00 fine and up to one year in jail. There are many other mandatory penalties that include community service, alcohol evaluations and treatment and suspension of driving privileges. Different rules apply to children under the age of seventeen. If the breath alcohol concentration of a minor is 0.02 grams or more at any time within three hours after driving or being in physical control of a motor vehicle when the alcohol was consumed prior to driving, the minor is in violation of the DUI statute. A breath alcohol concentration of 0.02 would be the equivalent of one beer, one glass of wine, or one shot of alcohol for a 165 lb male. If your child weighs less than 165 lbs., a smaller amount of alcohol consumed could result in being over the legal limit. This breath alcohol concentration is significantly less the 0.08 breath alcohol concentration which applies to individuals 21 years of age or older.Points and License Suspensions in Juvenile Court
In The State of Georgia, The Department of Drivers Services will suspend the license of an individual 21 years of age and older if they accumulate 15 points within a two year period. The law is substantially different for individuals under the age of 21. Any 4 point offense will generate an automatic license. For individuals under the age of 18, the accumulation of four points will lead to a license suspension. That means, two 2-point offenses will lead to a license suspension. Thomas C. Nagel, Attorney at Law has successfully defended traffic violations for over 25 years. Many times, there are defenses to these types of cases which can save your child from losing their license.
Thomas C. Nagel will aggressively negotiate the best possible terms in your child's case. My thousands of hours of courtroom experience will be utilized in working out a solution to the problems your child faces. I understand that traffic violations will affect the amount a parent pays for auto insurance. Job opportunities may be jeopardized by certain traffic court convictions. In the end, parents ends up being punished because they will have to drive their child to school, work and to meet their other obligations.
If your child has been charged with a traffic court violation in juvenile court, you need to get started preparing immediately to achieve the best possible result in your case.
Regardless of how bad you think your case is, BEFORE you face the judge, call Atlanta Juvenile criminal defense attorney Thomas C. Nagel now at 404-255-1600 to schedule your free consultation.