When someone under the age of 17 receives a traffic ticket, the Juvenile Court in the county where the offense occurred carries jurisdiction to handle it. Traffic tickets given to children under the age of 17 are classified in one of two ways. 1) Juvenile Traffic or 2) Delinquency case. Some of the most common Juvenile Traffic cases are:

·      
Speeding

·       Following
too Closely

·       Failure
to Obey Traffic Control Device

·       Use
of a Cell Phone

·       Failure
to Yield

·      
Failure
to Maintain Lane

Certain
offenses, however, are handled strictly as Delinquency cases. These offenses
are treated much more serious within Juvenile Court. The following offenses are
treated as Delinquency cases in Georgia:

·      
Aggressive driving

·       Reckless driving

·       DUI Alcohol or Drugs

·       A speeding offense punishable by four or more points

·       Homicide by vehicle

·       Manslaughter resulting from the operation of a vehicle

·       Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is used

·       Racing

·       Fleeing or attempting to elude an officer

·       Fraudulent or fictitious use of a driver’s license

·       Hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident

·      
Any offense committed by an unlicensed driver under 16 years of
age

On these more
serious delinquency matters, the child could be ordered into temporary custody
of DFCS, or if the child has prior juvenile history, or commits a felony, then
he or she can be placed in an institution, camp, or other facility for
delinquent children. There are several less severe ways a Judge can handle the
case that do not involve the sanctions mentioned above. For example, the
following dispositions are also available in Juvenile court:

·      
Reprimand
or order (only available for less serious tickets)

·       License
suspension

·       Traffic
school, Community Service, and/or a Fine

·       Substance
abuse program

·      
Probation

Even better, in most Juvenile Traffic
cases, an informal disposition is available in most Georgia counties’ Juvenile
Court. This sometimes is called Diversion or Abeyance. This means the Court
does not transmit the disposition to the Department of Driver’s Services, or to
the State at all. After a brief supervision period or perhaps a traffic class
or community service, the child’s case is dismissed and the juvenile record can
be completely sealed. 

It is important to note that the
Department of Driver Services will suspend juvenile license privileges once a
ticket is paid in some situations, including WITH certain speeding offenses. It
is not wise to handle a juvenile traffic case without a lawyer for this reason
amongst the other consequences possible within Juvenile Courts in Georgia.

If you or a loved one has received a
traffic ticket and are under the age of 17, call us today for a FREE
CONSULTATION on how to best proceed with your case. 404-581-0999.