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17-Year-Old Boy Who Shot Baby Can Be Charged As an Adult

Today, two teenage boys were arrested in Georgia for the death of a 13-month old. The mother of the baby, S.W., said that the boys shot her baby after she failed to hand money over to them. One of the boys told the woman, "I'm gonna kill you if you don't give me your money." According to the mother, she had no money on her. Even though she assured the boys that she had no money on her, they shoved the woman, shot the baby in the head and the woman in the leg.

Under Georgia law, the 17-year-old defendant will be charged as an adult, however, the 14-year-old will be charged as a juvenile. There are several legal categories of juvenile offenders:

  • Informal probationers- juveniles who have committed a minor offense
  • Status offenders- juveniles who have committed an offense unique to a juvenile (curfew violation, for example)
  • Criminal offenders- offenders under the age of 18 who have committed a misdemeanor or felony offense
  • Juveniles remanded to Superior Court- juveniles determined by court as nonfit for adjudication in juvenile court

Whether you are under age 18 and facing criminal charges or the parent of a juvenile who has been arrested, we know that this is a scary and overwhelming time for you. That is why we would encourage you to speak with a Marietta criminal defense attorney from our firm today!

We have lots of experience representing youth and their families in court. Whether you or your child is facing underage DUI charges, shoplifting or theft charges, vandalism charges, underage drinking charges, drug crime charges, computer crime charges, assault or other violent crime charges, sexting or sex crime charges, Merchant Law Firm is prepared to provide you with aggressive criminal defense today!

Our leading attorney has been named a Georgia Rising Star℠ and each of our attorneys have achieved a Superb ranking on Avvo®. If you want a firm that has handled hundreds of criminal cases satisfactorily over the past 18 years, look no further! Call Merchant Law Firm now!