In Ohio, a minor child or juvenile is anyone under the age of 18 years old. When a juvenile is charged with a delinquent or unruly act, that child will be brought before a judge or magistrate at the Juvenile Court. Sometimes, the state will transfer or attempt to transfer a child out of the juvenile system to be tried as an adult. This process is called juvenile bindover.
Law enforcement officers have the power to take a child into custody after they have allegedly committed a delinquent or unruly act.
The officers may hold the child for no more than 3-6 hours, depending on the alleged offense. Once the child is released from the officers, the child may be given to the child’s parents or guardian or brought to a detention center.
A juvenile delinquent is a child who violates the laws of the state of Ohio that would be an offense if committed by an adult.
A serious youthful offender is a child who is punishable with a mandatory sentence. Serious youthful offenders are children of a certain age who committed a certain act but who was not transferred to an adult court for the offense.
An unruly child is a child who is a habitual truant, does not submit to control of the child’s parents or guardian, behaves in a way that will injure their health or the health of another, or violates the law.
Whether you are a juvenile accused of a crime or a parent of a juvenile accused of a crime, our attorneys can assist you in defending your rights in court.
It is important to hire a lawyer to aid you through this process to avoid potentially serious consequences. Our firm handles all issues relating to Juvenile Law in both Portage and Summit Counties.