It is possible for juveniles to be charged with crimes in Ohio and when they are, it is critical for them and their loved ones to navigate these cases carefully. When the accused is a minor, there are several significant differences from usual criminal cases that can all become a disadvantage for the defendant. Even worse, these juvenile cases are often handed off to inexperienced prosecutors who may not be well-versed in due process and the subtleties of our juvenile justice system.
At Patituce & Associates, not only are we experienced, proven Toledo criminal defense attorneys-- we're also parents. We understand the what the stakes are in these cases not just for the accused, but for the family as a whole and the future of their child. That is why we treat these cases with the diligence and severity as any criminal case we handle and ensure that our clients' are given the consideration they deserve under the law.
We're ready to start this process with you today. Call our offices at (419) 737-4556 now. We are available 24/7.
One might assume that, because the defendants in juvenile cases are young, impressionable, and still have their whole lives ahead of them, that they would be offered more protections under the juvenile justice system than adults do in our criminal justice system. Alarmingly, this is not usually the case. In fact, there are numerous factors that affect the rights of juvenile defendants and the outcome of these cases.
In the juvenile justice system:
These are just some of the urgent reasons why dedicated, proven defense counsel is needed in these cases. At Patituce & Associates, we approach these cases with these concerns in mind and ensure they are emphatically voiced throughout every stage of your child's case. Call our Toledo juvenile crime attorneys today to learn more.
Few circumstances can be as stressful for a parent than learning that their child has been charged with a crime. It's common to not know how to proceed—or even what your family's options are. Below, we outline two immediate steps any family can take to help ensure a favorable outcome in these matters.
If you learn that your child has been charged with a crime:
Many juvenile cases involve misdemeanor crimes, but in some cases, the defendant can face significant penalties due to felony charges. These cases are particularly serious and can have a long-term effect on the future of the defendant. A finding of delinquency (a "guilty verdict" in juvenile court) can not only result in incarceration but future difficulties in college applications, employment efforts, etc. If your child has been accused of a felony, our firm is prepared to bring trusted, proactive counsel to their case that is focused on minimizing any penalties and, if possible, dismissing the charges altogether.
Those under 21 (the legal drinking age) are held to a different blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit than other, older drivers. These younger drivers can be arrested if their BAC is 0.02% or higher. This form of drunk driving is still considered a crime and many of these cases are handled in our juvenile justice system. Regardless of your child's age in these underage DUI/OVI cases, it is critical that you seek experienced representation that is well-versed in this area of the law and prepared to challenge the state's accusations against the defendant.
Do not hesitate to start mounting a legal defense for your child. Call our dedicated Toledo criminal defense lawyers today to request a free phone consultation.