THINK ABOUT IT! ONE BAD DECISION… ONE LIFETIME OF
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Every case is different, but a finding of delinquency (the equivalent of
"guilty") in Juvenile Court COULD…
1. Keep you from getting a driver's
- A judge can delay you from getting a
driver's license or suspend the driver's license you already have.[i]
in automatic suspensions of your license.[ii]
you to be suspended or expelled, even if your charges had nothing to do with
could be sent to alternative school, suspended or expelled.[iii]
you from joining the military.
each branch of the military has different rules, most of the time they will ask
you to release information about any adjudications (juvenile findings of
military considers anyone convicted (or adjudicated, which is considered a
conviction by the federal government) of a felony as not eligible to join,
though exceptions can be made by asking for a moral waiver.[iv]
consequences for college admissions.
college or university may ask questions about juvenile adjudications.
you from the job of your dreams.
background check used by most employers in Georgia will not find a juvenile
record, but federal agencies and each state's professional licensing boards (if
you want to be a lawyer, a doctor, a nurse, etc.) decide whether or not they
consider juvenile court adjudications to be counted as convictions.
- For example, the Controlled Substances
Act treats juvenile adjudications as convictions for purposes of commercial
your family to move.
including those who operate Section 8 housing, often prohibit any "criminal
activity" by anyone living on their property. In these cases, any crime
committed by anyone in the home can result in your being evicted.[vi]
- Past "criminal activity" by anyone
in the home can be used as a reason for a landlord to refuse to rent a home to
noncitizens, juvenile court cases
can prevent you from becoming a legal resident or a citizen or could cause you
to have to leave the country.[vii]
in having to register as a sex offender, depending on where you live or go on
- Georgia does not require children
found delinquent ("guilty") of sex offenses in juvenile court to register as
- However, other states do require
children to register for sex offenses even if they were handled in juvenile
court in another state.
- In other states, staying a few days
may be long enough to be considered a resident of that state and required to
register as a sex offender.
used against you at a bond or sentencing hearing if you face charges as an
- Georgia allows prosecutors and
Superior Courts to access juvenile records if someone is prosecuted for a
have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested or charged with an offense.
NOT talk to anyone about what happened without talking to a lawyer.This includes family, friends, police, and
posts on social media!
only questions you should answer without a lawyer are your name, birthdate and
NOT sign any statements about what happened without talking to a lawyer.
[i] O.C.G.A. § 15-11-601(a)(9);O.C.G.A.§ 15-11-630 (f)(2)
[ii] O.C.G.A.§ 40-5-75
§ 20-2-751.5(c);O.C.G.A. § 20-2-768
U.S.C.A. § 504.
[vi] 42 U.S.C.A. § 1437a;24 CFR § 5.851
[vii] 8 U.S.C.A § 1182;8 U.S.C. § 1227
O.C.G.A. § 15-11-704;O.C.G.A. § 15-11-708