There are important distinctions between a juvenile court hearing and a school board hearing (also referred to as a tribunal). There are also situations where the two proceedings may overlap. Let's take a look at the similarities and differences between juvenile court and school board hearings.
Depending on the jurisdiction (or county, in the instance of juvenile court) where your child is charged, the time frame from the actual incident in question to the first court date may vary.
Don’t drink and drive is an often preached maxim, but one all too often ignored despite the severe penalties that can be imposed. While Georgia’s driving under the influence (DUI) laws appear relatively simple on the basic level–get caught behind the wheel after drinking too much and you will lose your license and be subject to various other penalties and sanctions–the DUI laws are in many ways quite complex and can be difficult to navigate. This holds especially true for drivers under the age of 21 who are charged with DUI, as Georgia and many other states have zero tolerance for drivers younger than age 21 who drive while impaired by alcohol or other substances.
A recent report published by the Youth Advocate Programs Policy & Advocacy Center (YAP) in partnership with John Jay College of criminal justice reveals new insights on how communities can support high-risk youth to keep them out of the criminal justice system. The Safely Home Campaign "is a nationwide movement to safely care for all youth and young adults in their home communities and with their families" (See www.safelyhomecampaign.org).
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.
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.