Ohio Juvenile Offense
Should your child be charged with a crime, you may feel confused and distressed and will likely be wondering how best to protect your child’s rights. While poor judgment, immaturity or lack of experience may lead your child to be involved with actions that can result in the filing of juvenile charges, in other cases, your child may be wrongfully accused and facing charges due to law enforcement authorities’ misunderstanding or misinterpretation of the facts and evidence.
At Wright & Schulte LLC, our Ohio juvenile offense attorneys are skilled at examining police reports, interviewing witnesses and analyzing the evidence to build your child the strongest possible defense case. From misdemeanors to felonies alike, our Ohio juvenile defense lawyers are dedicated to fiercely protecting your child’s rights, and we will work tirelessly to help secure the best possible outcome to your case. Our goal is to help children and their families move past these difficult legal situations so they can focus on a happy, healthy and productive future.
Ohio Juvenile Offense Charges and Sentences
According to Ohio juvenile crime laws, a juvenile or minor is defined as a child who is younger than 18 years old. While Ohio juvenile crime laws goven instances in which a minor has allegedly violated the law by committing a crime, they also apply to children who have been accused of delinquency – specifically, excessive truancy from school and/or gross defiance of their guardian(s) that can result in endangerment their own or another person’s well being. The Ohio juvenile defense attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC are vastly experienced in defending a wide range of juvenile crime charges, including (but not limited to):
- Juvenile drug and/or alcohol offenses, such as minor in possession of alcohol or drugs, drug distribution charges and drug manufacturing charges
- Juvenile sex offenses, including sexual assault and rape charges
- Juvenile property offenses, such as vandalism, shoplifting, theft, burglary, robbery, arson and vehicular theft
- Juvenile traffic offenses, including speeding, driving without a license or insurance, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI, also referred to as OVI – operating a vehicle while under the influence) and vehicular manslaughter
- Juvenile violent offenses, such as assault and battery, manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter and homicide.
Should a child be convicted of a juvenile offense, Ohio law stipulates that associated sentences should be aimed at:
- Restoring the victim
- Holding the convicted juvenile accountable for his actions
- Attempting to rehabilitate the convicted minor to prevent future crime.
While the sentence associated with a conviction will depend on the nature of the charges, as well as whether the child has a history of criminal behavior, in general, possible sentences can include:
- Expensive court fees and restitution fines
- Hefty community service requirements
- Possibly long-term suspension of his driver’s license
- Mandatory counseling
- Detention in Ohio Department of Youth Services, which is basically a juvenile prison
Statistics compiled by the Office of Criminal Justice Services indicate that youths who are detained in this system have a 30 percent chance of being detained again within 2 years and a 50 percent change of being re-detained within 5 years in either the Ohio Department of Youth Services or the prison system).
Clearly, the consequences of juvenile criminal charges and convictions can have long-term, devastating effects on your child’s future; therefore, it is critical that you secure the services of the skilled Ohio juvenile offense lawyers at Wright & Schulte LLC to ensure that your child has the professional defense he deserves. Our Ohio juvenile offense attorneys believe in your child’s future, and we will do whatever it takes to help him achieve the most advantageous possible solution to his case.
Ohio Juvenile Offense Attorney Evaluations and Consultations
If your child has been charged with any type of juvenile crime, our Ohio juvenile defense lawyers welcome and encourage you to learn more about your legal rights and receive a thorough, professional evaluation of your case. Call today for a FREE consultation and receive experienced advice from an Ohio juvenile offense attorney at Wright & Schulte LLC. Please fill out the online form at the right-hand side of this page or call us at (937) 435-9999.