U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

NCJRS Virtual Library

The Virtual Library houses over 235,000 criminal justice resources, including all known OJP works.
Click here to search the NCJRS Virtual Library

Rights and Responsibilities of Teenagers Under Georgia Law

NCJ Number
Date Published
27 pages
This booklet uses a question-and-answer format to explain new Georgia laws that have had a major impact on the rights and responsibilities of children and adolescents.
The discussion covers the School Safety and Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 1994, the juvenile court, parental notification of abortion, traffic laws, driving under the influence, alcohol laws, employment, marriage, education, parental power, and crimes relating to sex offenses. The text notes that more and more juveniles who are arrested for violent crimes are now handled as adults and that the penalties for violent crimes are severe. Children ages 13 and over who are convicted of certain violent offenses will face mandatory sentences of 10 years to life in prison. Youth ages 17 may be sentenced to capital punishment. Georgia has also passed a law requiring graduated drivers' licenses for teenagers.