One of a parent’s worst nightmares is getting a call that their child has been arrested for a crime. Before even hearing the accusation, a parent’s mind will jump to the worst-case scenario. Was it theft? Murder? Will my child be tried as an adult? While many of these questions stem from the natural anxiety of parenting, they are valid. In some cases, children will be tried as adults if the crime is severe enough.
Under Ohio law, a child must be tried as an adult in a few serious cases. For example, if the child is accused of aggravated murder and he or she is 16 or 17 years of age or 14 or 15 years of age and has been committed to an Ohio Department of Youth Services facility, he or she will be tried as an adult. Likewise, whenever a child is 16 or 17 years of age and commits a serious felony offense, he or she will be tried in adult court.
Because of the possibility of being tried as an adult, it’s essential to involve a criminal defense attorney on behalf of your child. Cincinnati juvenile crime attorneys understand what’s at stake in the case. If a child is tried as an adult, he or she will likely be stuck with a criminal record that will follow him or her for the rest of adulthood.
It’s also important to hire someone who has defended juveniles in the past and is familiar with juvenile criminal law. Knowledge of local procedures, practices, and individuals might make all the difference in your child’s case.
If your child has been accused of a crime, talk to our skilled attorneys as soon as possible. Patituce & Associates has more than 30 years of criminal defense experience to offer your case. We never settle for less than excellence. Our attorneys are also former prosecutors who understand the opposition and how they think. Let us see how we can help your family.
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