You are probably familiar with the concept of “Miranda rights” from watching crime shows or movies, where a suspect is first advised of their “right to remain silent” prior to their interrogation.
Juveniles, or children and teens 16 years old and younger in Georgia, must also be given “Miranda warnings”. The 1967 United States Supreme Court case, In Re Gault, a case involving a young boy accused of making obscene phone calls to his neighbor, established that the due process clause of the 14th Amendment applied to juvenile court proceedings. This means that certain rights, such as the right to be notified of the charges in a timely manner, the right to an attorney, the right against self-incrimination, and the right to confront witnesses applies to juveniles.
A police officer must give Miranda warnings before questioning a person who is in police custody.
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.