Juvenile Delinquency Law

Juvenile Delinquency Law

In Ohio, a minor child or juvenile is anyone under the age of 18 years old.

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Juvenile Delinquency Penalties

Following the adjudicatory hearing, the juvenile judge will hold a dispositional hearing to determine the appropriate sentence for the juvenile offender.

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Juvenile Delinquency Court

Typical Timeline for Juvenile Court Process

  • Complaint filed at Juvenile Court or Police arrest
  • Juvenile Court Intake
  • Detention or Release to parents/guardian
  • Arraignment
  • Rule 21 Hearing (equivalent to Pretrial in Adult court)
  • Adjudicatory Hearing (equivalent to trial in adult court)
  • Dispositional Hearing (equivalent to sentencing in adult court)
  • Complaint Filed at Juvenile Court
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