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Guidance For You And Your Family During A Juvenile Law Case

Few things are more frightening than finding yourself and your child caught up in a juvenile law case. Whether the state has charged your child with a crime or has accused you of neglect, you need the strong advocacy of an attorney.

At Herndon, Coleman, Brading, & McKee, LLP, we understand this. We have helped parents and relatives in the Johnson City metro area with juvenile law concerns since 1924. When your child’s future is at stake, you need the dependable help that our reputable, experienced juvenile law and criminal defense attorneys can provide.

What You Should Know About Juvenile Court

Juvenile court is the legal system that handles criminal offenses committed by minors. However, it also handles many other types of cases, including:

  • Truancy
  • Child abuse and neglect allegations
  • Substance abuse allegations
  • Emancipation
  • Paternity
  • Parental rights

Contrary to the adult justice system, which focuses on punishment, Tennessee’s juvenile justice system focuses on rehabilitation whenever possible. Judges try to give alternative sentences such as counseling to youth who show the potential to change. Your best chance at securing leniency is to work with lawyers like ours who have extensive experience with juvenile justice matters.

What Is A Guardian Ad Litem?

A guardian ad litem (GAL) is a neutral attorney appointed by the court to advocate for the rights of a minor. Because children cannot represent themselves or understand their rights, the court often appoints a GAL. Courts often appoint them in cases involving allegations of abuse or in contentious divorces. Similarly, an attorney ad litem (AAL) is a lawyer appointed to represent the child’s wants. We work with many GALs and AALs and can also serve as the appointed counsel for a juvenile.

Let Us Guide You And Your Child Through This Difficult Time

There is no time to hesitate. The sooner you act, the better your chances of achieving a positive outcome for your child. Contact Herndon, Coleman, Brading, & McKee, LLP, today to schedule your initial consultation. To reach us, please call us toll-free at 844-678-9750 or send us an email.

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