In addition to juvenile delinquency cases, where juveniles can seek to seal their record, Georgia also permits "youthful offenders" (persons under 21) to restict records of convictions under certain circumstances. This category of record sealing deals with cases that were handled in adult, not juvenile court, and only applies to certain misdemeanor charges.
In my last blog on teen driving, I discussed Georgia's graduated driver's license process for those ages 15-18. There are a lot of specific rules and requirements, but what does this mean practically speaking?
One important take away for parents is that regardless of your child's age, the restrictions associated with an Intermediate Provisional License, or a "Class D" license, are based on the class of the license and not the age of the driver. The Class D license is the license your child gets after they graduate from a learner's permit but are not given the full privileges, of a "Class C" license (which is what we as adults have).
This becomes problematic when teens who are 18 years old do not take the steps to apply for a full, class C license. They may believe that because of their age the curfew restrictions and passenger requirements do not apply. However, if they do not abide by these rules and are stopped by law enforcement, they could be given a citation and then have to face the hassle of going to juvenile court.
Medical Amnesty---what does this mean and why should parents care? Georgia’s Medical Amnesty law was passed back in April 2014, but many parents I work with are not fully aware of the law and its potential positive impact. Since we are in the thick of summer, where teen party-going tends to be more prevalent, let me take a minute to share with you some details about this law.
Georgia’s Medical Amnesty law protects people who call 911 to seek medical attention for a person who may have overdosed on drugs or alcohol. Neither the person calling 911, nor the victim of the overdose can be arrested, charged, or prosecuted for small amounts of drugs, alcohol or drug paraphernalia when evidence of the crime was found due to an individual seeking medical assistance.
Coach Eyal Segal
Owner, FC Mini Soccer Stars
Master Level Personal Trainer,
Athletic Club Northeast
Today, I am thrilled to introduce you to Coach Eyal Segal. "Coach" has a passion for serving youth in the Atlanta area through teaching them the sport he is passionate about--soccer! He is the owner of the Mini Soccer Stars program which focuses on letting kids experience soccer in non-competitive environment at a very young age (as early as 2). A former member of the Israel National Youth team and the "Nishrei Haifa" National Indoor Professional League team, Coach is a certified soccer instructor with a "C" license for children through age 14 from the United States Soccer Federation. In addition to working with kids through the Mini Soccer Stars, he has been teaching kids from toddlers through varsity, in Atlanta-area clubs and schools including the Concorde Fire and The Galloway School for the past 10 years. Through his experiences, he is able to provide valuable insight for parents regarding the benefits and lessons that youth and teens can learn through soccer. He is an amazing resource with a heart for serving our youth. His contact information is listed below if you want to reach out and learn more about his programs, or ask him questions about youth soccer in Atlanta. Happy Friday, friends!
"Teens that play soccer are part of a team, have a sense of belonging and responsibilities within the game. The best lessons in life are taught on the field."
“There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.” -Mahatma Gandhi
Parents are the ultimate teachers. From a young age, our kids are watching us, modeling our behaviors, and looking to us for answers on how to navigate life. No pressure, right?
As a parent and attorney who works with parents, I have found learning how to provide these answers to our kids is critical. Education is huge, whether understanding social media and technology to be on a level playing field with our teens, learning the risks associated with prescription drug abuse, or even knowing how to deal with law enforcement.
When it comes to teaching our children how to interact with police officers, parents tend to fall into a few different camps. Some do not think it is applicable and are oblivious to the notion that their child could have an encounter with the police. Others may feel that embracing this topic is introducing and even condoning the topic of misconduct and should be left alone. Others feel it is necessary or even vital for our kids to be equipped with this knowledge. And I wholeheartedly agree with this last point of view—knowledge is a powerful tool.
Kathryn Boortz has a passion for working with youth and their families. She is the founder of Boortz Law, a law firm that focuses on juvenile defense.