If your child has been arrested and charged with a crime in Ohio, you and your child might feel afraid and confused. Our attorneys are experienced in adult and juvenile cases, and it is important to secure legal counsel as soon as possible to protect your child’s rights and future. 

 Adult vs. Juvenile Legal Systems 

If a minor (under 18 years old) is charged with a crime, their case will go through the juvenile legal system (unless they are being charged as an adult). The processes of the juvenile and adult systems are similar, but the juvenile system emphasizes rehabilitation over punishment. Also, juvenile records are usually sealed and expunged (deleted) after a certain time.

How Can I Help My Child After Their Arrest? 

Although this is a difficult time for you and your child, supporting them throughout this process is important

  • Provide emotional support 
  • Listen to your child’s feelings 
  • Attend hearings and court dates 
  • Keep up communication through visits, phone calls, and letters 
  • Choose an experienced attorney to navigate your family through this process and ensure the best outcomes for your child 

How Do I Communicate With My Child After They Are Arrested?

Once your child is arrested and booked into a juvenile facility, they can call a parent/guardian and attorney. You can schedule visits with your child through the facility where they are being held, and you can also communicate through phone calls and letters. Remember, anything you say or write will be monitored. juveniile crime

What Happens to My Child When They Are Arrested?

  • Once your child is arrested, the police will transport them to a jail/Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) or police station. 
  • Then, the police may question them. Your child has the right to remain silent. They should not answer any questions, as anything they say can be used against them. Instead
    they should say, “I would like to speak to an attorney.” It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to provide legal counsel and protect your child’s rights. 
  • Next, your child will be cited and released or booked into JDC (based on the severe charges). If they are cited and released, they are free to go but are obligated to appear in court later. They must stay in JDC to await a detention hearing before a judge if they are booked. During the intake process, your child can call a parent/guardian and attorney. 

What Is the Legal Process of a Juvenile Case? 

After your child is arrested and charged with a crime, there are a series of hearings through the juvenile court system.

  1. First, there is a detention hearing to determine whether your child should be held in custody or released to their parents/guardians. During this hearing, your child will be informed of the charges against them and their rights. They will also enter a plea of admission or denial
  2. Then, there are adjudication hearings to review the facts of the case and determine whether the defendant is guilty or innocent. 
  3. After that, disposition hearings determine the consequences of the case along with a rehabilitation plan for your child.

Is Your Child Facing Criminal Charges? 

If your child is facing criminal charges, you need to speak with an experienced juvenile defense attorney as soon as possible. The Law Offices of Steven R. Adams is recognized by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, National Trial Lawyers Top 100, and is one of U.S. News' Best Law Firms.  Please contact us online or call our Cincinnati office directly at 513-929-9333 to schedule your free consultation. 

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