Juvenile court can be particularly scary and distressing, as it involves a child younger than eighteen. Parents of the juvenile may worry that, if convicted of a crime, their son or daughter’s life will be permanently scarred. However, this is not always the case. A “juvenile” is defined as a person who is not old enough to be held responsible for criminal acts. The main goal of the juvenile justice system is rehabilitation of minors, rather than punishment.

In Ohio, Juvenile divisions of the courts are branches of either Probate Courts or the Domestic Relations Division of the Court of Common Pleas.

A child that has been accused of committing a juvenile offense needs an attorney who is experienced in litigating in juvenile court, as it is very different from adult criminal proceedings. Contact us if a young person in your family needs assistance.