Juvenile Loitering Offenses
I focus this offense on juveniles because they are the ones usually are charged with. If you are an adult and have been charged with a loitering offense, please do not hesitate to contact me.
The Official Criminal Code of Georgia, Section 15-11-2 which applies to anyone who is 16 years of age or younger defines the curfew violation as:
“Wanders or loiters about the streets of any city, or in or about any highway or any public place, between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 5:00 a.m.”
The State of Georgia loitering law as defined in the Official Criminal Code of Georgia 16-11-36 affects juveniles and adults and is as follows: “A person commits the offense of loitering or prowling when he is in a place at a time or in a manner not usual for law-abiding individuals under circumstances that warrant a justifiable and reasonable alarm or immediate concern for the safety of persons or property in the vicinity.”
A person commits the offense of loitering when the person is in a place at a time or in a manner not usual for law-abiding individuals under circumstances that warrant a justifiable and reasonable alarm or immediate concern for the safety of persons or property in the vicinity.
In the state of Georgia, you can be charged with different offenses for loitering.
Here are a few:
- Loiter on street 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- Loitering 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Loiter in parks/on beaches
- Loitering for graffiti
- Loitering drug activity
One of my favorite sketchy crimes is Loitering and Prowling. It just sounds iffy, doesn’t it? Loitering is one of those crimes frequently abused by Atlanta police (and others, didn’t mean to single out the locals).
Remember, the final outcome of a juvenile loiter case can follow your youngster into adulthood and can severely hinder his or her future education and employment. You need me as your criminal defense lawyer to ingeniously and aggressively protect your family and juvenile’s future!
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