As a parent, you have many concerns for your children, including their safety, their education, and their health—just to name a few. One concern you may have never expected: court charges. Your child may have been charged with theft, domestic violence, underage consumption, driving under the influence, or some other crime. Your family is likely already feeling the emotional distress and worry that accompanies these charges. And if you are unfamiliar with how juvenile court operates, your imagination can run wild with what lies ahead for your son or daughter.
If your child has been charged with a crime, it is imperative that you have someone on your side who understands the law and knows the ins and outs of juvenile court procedures. At Dungan & LeFevre, our attorneys are well-versed in juvenile matters and know how to navigate the courts to work toward the most positive outcome for your child.
Juvenile Court Proceedings
Just because it is a juvenile court matter, do not be fooled into thinking that your child does not need an aggressive, smart attorney. You should be aware of all the consequences that might affect your child and what rights your child has.
In Ohio, charges against minors (anyone under the age of 18) are handled in juvenile court and are referred to as “delinquencies.” But juvenile court proceedings may also involve the child being tried as a serious youthful offender or being bound over into adult court. Depending upon the nature of the offense, your child may face time in detention, juvenile prison, or removal from the home and placement in foster care.
Furthermore, juveniles are often subject to the same penalties as adults including suspension of driver’s license, probation, community service, and restitution. In addition, juvenile sex offenders can be subject to the same classification, registration and community notification as adults, which may well last into the child’s adulthood.
In addition to the legal consequences, your family may need to discuss how these charges and the court process may affect your child’s schooling and create unexpected emotional or financial tolls on the family.
Our Attorneys Can Bring You Peace of Mind
We know this is a lot to take in. But we also feel it is necessary for you to understand the charges against your child and the challenges he or she may face. While juvenile charges can put undue stress on a family, hiring an experienced attorney can help you find a bit of peace of mind during this difficult time. Our attorneys Jack Hemm, Steven Justice, or Michael Rice are prepared to discuss your child’s legal situation and help you and your child.
If you have been charged with a crime anywhere in the Miami Valley, contact us for a consultation.