I was charged with 2x aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a juvenile at the age of 16. This case never left juvenile court, I was in youth detention for 12 months and were committed to the state until the age of 21. I am now off of probation/committed to the state and never had another offense (Was my first and only time ever getting in trouble). However I was never "convicted" per se I am considered an "adjudicated juvenile delinquent" and nothing shows up on background checks. Will I be able to purchase a firearm?
Child Support Lawyer
As long as your case was handled exclusively in juvenile court, you do not have a conviction for the offenses. Juvenile court matters result in either an adjudication or a dismissal. In your case, you were adjudicated under the designated felony statute - however, you were not convicted of any criminal offense. You have not suffered any loss of your civil rights based upon the adjudication. I would contact an attorney to determine if you are eligible to have your juvenile records sealed to protect any disclosure of the juvenile offenses to law enforcement agencies in the future. If you would be interested in learning more about the record sealing process, please feel free to contact me at (770) 239-1618.
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Criminal Defense Attorney
Based on my understanding of GA law, a delinquency is not a criminal conviction and said Juvenile should be able to purchase a firearm legally upon turning 21 years old. However, if a juvenile is tried and convicted as a felon in superior court he/she will be prohibited from possessing a firearm.
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The purpose of juvenile court is rehabilitation. That is why the records are sealed when you come of age, and you are adjudicated delinquent instead of being convicted. My reading of Georgia law is that you must be convicted of a felony (and a few misdemeanors) to be denied to right to purchase a firearm. If you were to apply and be denied, you could not get into trouble for attempting to purchase one because you are not a convicted felon.
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