Weisbuch Law, Columbus Juvenile Crimes Attorney
If you are a parent and your child has been charged with a crime, you no doubt have many questions and mixed emotions about your situation. If the police wish to question your child, you have the right to be present during any interrogation, and you can refuse consent to a search. During a police interrogation, your child should say nothing and ask to speak to an experienced lawyer immediately.
Crimes juveniles are often charged with include:
- Sex offenses
- Drug crimes
- Weapons Offenses
Penalties against juveniles depend on the age of your child, the circumstances under which they were charged and the type of crime they have been charged with. Juvenile Court differs from adult court in that Juvenile courts typically have a variety of punishment options to choose from. Your child might face penalties such as probation, drug monitoring, confinement in custody or in a detention center, alcohol treatment, medical counseling, house arrest, driver’s license suspension, sex offender registration or even imprisonment. Even juvenile traffic offenses and underage drinking can have serious consequences for your child.
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In more serious cases, the prosecutors might choose to prosecute your child as an adult. This is commonly referred to as a “Juvenile Bindover”. Charges which are commonly Bound Over include murder, rape, aggravated robbery, arson and aggravated burglary. If Bound Over, your child could be sent to adult prison.
Typically, juveniles can have their records sealed or expunged but their record can affect their ability to serve in the military and obtain educational loans.
Recent case law involving juvenile offenders include:
- In re C.P., 131 Ohio St. 3d 513 (2012)
- State v. Warren, 118 Ohio St. 3d 200 (2008)
- State v. Hanning, 89 Ohio St. 3d 86 (2000)