Conyers Juvenile Law Attorney
Child Dependency/Delinquency/CHINS Lawyer
It is a new day in Georgia for laws affecting our children. Beginning January 1, 2014 the new Juvenile Code of Georgia (Title 15, Chapter 11 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated) becomes the law of the land. It is a significant and substantial change, for the new law fundamentally moves away from incarceration and embraces, as an alternative, rehabilitation. And importantly under this new law, children are entitled to and should always be represented by an attorney, whether Court-appointed or privately hired.
It does not take much for the needs of a minor to be ignored completely or swallowed whole by the legal system. However, an experienced lawyer can make sure your voice, or that of your child, is heard and your rights are protected. At Nation, Moore & Associates, LLC, we take a stand for minors and their families throughout the greater Atlanta area with juvenile law concerns. From juvenile delinquency to child dependency and children in need of services (CHINS), we know how these cases work and we understand the rights of minors, as well as the rights of a parent to raise his or her child without government interference.
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When a child is deprived of their basic sustenance, care and supervision, or put in harm’s way, physically or mentally, it could be a case the law now calls dependency or CHINS. It could be as simple as a parent failing to take their child to school or it could be a parent or guardian using drugs or abusing the child. Anyone of legal age can bring a dependency complaint to the Department of Family and Children’s Services or directly to a juvenile court. However, under the new juvenile code, not everyone can bring a CHINS action.
If DFCS finds sufficient grounds, they will file a complaint with the Juvenile Court, and there will be a sequence of events similar to a criminal trial. If the parents are found guilty of depriving their child, the Court will work out a plan to fix the situation. We represent parents defending against these claims or advocate for concerned third parties in order to do what is best for the children involved.
Having handled a wide range of cases in Georgia Juvenile Courts, attorney Russel D Moore IV knows how the system works, understands the new Juvenile Code and is prepared to handle a wide range of concerns, including:
•· Delinquency: We represent minors who have been charged with delinquency by the Department of Juvenile Justice. These cases involve children who have committed acts that would be crimes if the children were adults.
•· Dependency: The term used under the new Juvenile Code to describe children that have been deprived; that is, children who have been abused or neglected by the adults responsible for their well-being.
•· Children in Need of Services (CHINS): A new approach for intervening with children who were, under the old law, considered “unruly”. CHINS cases include children who have committed an act that would not be against the law but for that fact that they are children; such as skipping school; running away; violating curfew; or underage drinking.
•· Termination of parental rights: If you require assistance in obtaining the termination of parental rights for any reason, including adoption, we can help.
Regardless of the role needed, whether as counsel for the parent(s) or child(ren), a guardian ad litem for the child(ren) or a child’s mental competency plan manager, we bring years of experience and expertise to bear in every case.
From our offices in Olde Towne Conyers, we represent families and minors throughout Rockdale and surrounding counties with juvenile law concerns. We are available by appointment. Credit cards are accepted and Spanish interpreters are available by request. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.