Juvenile offenders in Ohio can be changed with an array of offenses. As a parent you are right to be concerned as your child may be facing jail time or a criminal record which can have lasting repercussions on one’s opportunities reputation and career opportunities. You need an experienced, trustworthy Columbus Ohio juvenile defense attorney, one who understands the special circumstances that are unique to underage offenders, to defend you in court if you are under age 18 and have been charged with a crime.
Juveniles can be charged with an array of serious crimes making the hiring of a Columbus Ohio juvenile defense attorney absolutely necessary. These crimes involve alcohol possession, drugs, marijuana, theft, vandalism, violent crime and sex offenses. Three of the most frequent juvenile criminal offenses that we see everyday are, unruly children, traffic offenses, and underage operating a vehicle under the influence. You need to hire a Columbus Ohio juvenile defense attorney who understands the gravity of the charges being leveled against you.
An unruly child basically is one who doesn’t obey authority. Parents and teachers are considered typical authority figures. Examples of unruly behavior include, truancy from school, actions that endangers the health and well being of themselves and others, and of course violation of the law.
A second category of criminal behavior that juveniles are often charged with are routine or habitual traffic offenses. Since the child is a juvenile i.e.: under age 18, the court will often suspend or issue a probationary license for a period of time in order to give the juvenile an opportunity to evaluate the seriousness of their behavior.
A third type of juvenile criminal offense is operating a vehicle under the influence (UOVI) and the seriousness of this crime cannot be overstated. According to responsibility.org/state-facts/ohioDrivers, drivers under the age of 21 account for 13% of all DUI related fatalities in Ohio. Ohio courts see this as a severe and growing problem and take underage drinking and driving very seriously.
The penalties of the juvenile crimes range from mandatory placement in mental health treatment programs, to compensatory financial damages, to jail time of up to one year and can have serious negative consequences on your future education and employment opportunities. Contact the law firm or John Rutan today for a 24/7 free consultation at 614-307-4343.