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Depending on the seriousness of the offense, a criminal conviction (juvenile crime), although it is called a delinquency, can have a devastatijuvenile crimeng impact on a child’s future. Juveniles can be charged with all of the same crimes as adults and are frequently subject to many of the same penalties. If your child has been charged with any type of crime, contact an experienced defense attorney immediately.

Generally speaking, juvenile crimes are crimes committed by individuals under the age of eighteen. Adolescents have received special and separate treatment with respect to criminal law statutes for centuries. However, as a social phenomenon, the juvenile justice system is a relatively modern institution that has come to prominence only within the last 100 years or so.

States differ slightly as to what they deem a juvenile or an adult under their individual statues. In some states, a juvenile is considered to be anyone under the age of seventeen. In others, the age is sixteen or below. And still in others, the legal age of adulthood is 18 or over. In Ohio courts, a juvenile is considered a person under the age of 18. However, the court is allowed to extend the jurisdiction if needed until the person is 21.

Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court

Lake County Juvenile Court