If you or your underage child has been accused of committing a criminal offense, it is critical to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Dayton immediately. If a juvenile is found guilty of the charges they’re encountering, they could receive consequences that have long-lasting results. Potential punishments for a juvenile offender can include any of the following:
Even if your kid has been found guilty of a juvenile offense, they do not necessarily have to receive these severe punishments and consequences. An experienced Dayton criminal defense attorney may be able to request deferred adjudication from the judge or enroll your youth in a program for underage offenders.
If your child has been charged with a juvenile offense, it is best to get experienced legal counsel as soon as possible. No matter what the charges are, it would be best if you found an expert criminal defense lawyer to represent them. The VanNoy Firm has helped hundreds of parents in Ohio reduce, if not dismiss, their child’s charges. Our attorneys are acquainted with all areas of Ohio’s juvenile crime laws and will protect your rights.
The juvenile delinquency process typically starts when any person files a complaint against a juvenile offender who knows the child may be a delinquent child, per Ohio Rev. Code § 2152.021. Furthermore, a law enforcement officer may take a child into custody if they find a child has perpetrated a delinquency.
After the juvenile or child has been taken into custody, they will either be taken to the detention center or released to their guardian or parent. The minor may not be held in custody for more than three hours before being released or sent to a detention center; nevertheless, they may be held for up to six hours for certain offenses before being released or sent to a detention facility.
After the juvenile has been taken into custody or released to their parent or guardian, an adjudicatory hearing will be arranged within 72 hours. At the hearing, the court resolves if the child has committed an offense and if they should be held in a detention center.
Since juvenile delinquents do not have the same constitutional protections as adults, they are not allowed a jury at the hearing. Still, they can have a lawyer and present witnesses in their defense.
Once the adjudicatory hearing has concluded, the juvenile will be sentenced if they are adjudicated of the offense at a dispositional hearing.
A juvenile offender will be sentenced after a dispositional hearing if they are found guilty of the charges against them or violate the terms of a juvenile diversion program. They may be disciplined with any of the following punishments:
The VanNoy Firm can help if your child has been accused of a juvenile offense in Ohio. Our firm is full of experienced Dayton criminal defense attorneys who will make every effort to help your juvenile achieve the most desirable outcome for their individual circumstances.
Contact The VanNoy Firm today to schedule your consultation. Do not let your youth’s future remain at stake.
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