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Juvenile Law Attorney in Columbus, Ohio

Natalie A. Noyes, Esq.: Ohio Juvenile Defense Attorney Protecting Your Child from the Harsh Consequences of the Criminal Justice System

The juvenile justice system in Ohio endeavors to strike a delicate balance between rehabilitation and punishment. No one wants to give up on a child. Every young person has the potential to be a good person and contribute to society in a meaningful way. Unfortunately, each contact with the criminal justice system erodes the child’s chances of reaching his or her fullest potential.

Hopefully, the stakeholders in the juvenile justice system recognize the need to explore all other options short of incarceration in a juvenile detention facility. Ohio juvenile defense attorney Natalie A. Noyes, Esq. is one of those people who will not give up on your child. Her substantial experience prosecuting and defending juveniles in Ohio courts gives her a greater understanding of the need to protect children from the long-lasting and overly harsh consequences of the juvenile justice system. Attorney Noyes will fight for your child’s future along with you.

Juvenile Criminal Law in Ohio

In Ohio, the age of majority for criminal sanctions is 17. Thus, any child under 18 who faces criminal penalties will have his or her case heard in juvenile court. A juvenile may be arrested like adults in Ohio and can suffer the same charges as an adult could face albeit the penalties are different. Therefore, juvenile defendants can face criminal allegations such as:

  • Assault,
  • Theft,
  • Robbery,
  • Sexual Assault,
  • Drug Possession,
  • Drug Trafficking or Distribution,
  • Vandalism, and
  • Driving offenses.

However, Ohio law criminalizes other behavior such as being an unruly child, possessing marijuana as a juvenile, possessing alcohol as a minor, and operating a motor vehicle under the influence as a juvenile, for example, because of the age of the individual.

The prosecution can elect to charge a juvenile as an adult in certain circumstances. Prosecutors generally reserve that right when the juvenile is alleged to have committed a grave crime like murder, rape, or robbery, or aggravated assault.

Juvenile Court Process

A police officer can arrest a juvenile if the officer develops probable cause to believe that the child committed a crime. Upon arrest, the child can be released to his or her parents or guardian. The officers, in conjunction with the prosecuting officials and others like the child’s school, can elect to pursue alternatives to the courts like youth courts and diversion programs. These alternatives are designed to keep the child out of court while imposing a sanction intended to teach the child that consequences exist for his or her criminal behavior. Options like youth court are customarily reserved for minor charges and the child’s first contact with law enforcement.

If the prosecution elects to pursue court sanctions, the juvenile will be accused or informed of the allegations against him or her, and a plea of not delinquent will enter. The prosecution can ask for the court to issue an order that the child is detained in a juvenile detention facility until the case is finished or be released with conditions or on their promise to return to court and keep the peace.

Rights of a Juvenile in Court

A juvenile has all of the rights in court that an adult enjoys. The juvenile has the right to have a trial by jury in many instances, to be represented by competent counsel, and to face his or her accusers. These are important rights. The juvenile also the chance to agree with the prosecution to resolve the case before trial with a plea bargain. A plea bargain can reduce the possible penalty he or she faces and may be given a term of probation along with conditions designed to help him or her get back on the right track instead of incarceration.

Juvenile Advocate for Justice

Juvenile law is very complicated. Many factors figure into achieving a just result. Incarceration is the worst possible outcome. Columbus juvenile defense attorney Natalie A. Noyes, Esq. has the experience from her years working as a prosecutor in Ohio juvenile courts to know what is in your child’s best interest. Call Ohio juvenile defense attorney Natalie A. Noyes, Esq. today at 614-733-9999 to make an appointment for you and your child to meet with Attorney Noyes. Your child’s future is too precious to take a chance on anyone else.