The last thing a minor should have to deal with before starting their lives is a criminal conviction. This can leave them unable to attend college or find a good job, in addition to any jail time or probation involved. If your child has been arrested, you need effective legal counsel and representation from a dedicated Cleveland juvenile criminal defense attorney.
Henderson, Mokhtari & Weatherly is firmly committed to providing powerful advocacy for those accused of criminal offenses. We are members of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel-Nation’s Top 1% and have earned an A+ grade from the BBB in addition to numerous other awards. You can trust our more than 45 years of legal experience to find the best means of avoiding a conviction and protecting your future.
Your child faces having a criminal record and limited opportunities when charged with a crime. They could be placed in a secure detention facility, on probation, or even charged as an adult depending on the offense.
Juvenile crimes can include:
Possession of a controlled or illegal drug is one of the easiest ways juveniles can get in trouble with the law. Drug possession charges for juveniles are not taken lightly and they can damage a teen’s chances of getting into a quality college or participating in school programs and sports. If your child has been arrested on possession charges, you should be aware of their rights and your rights as their parent during this trying time.
If your child is under 18, they are considered a juvenile in the courts. Any juvenile who knowingly possesses a controlled or illegal substance can be charged with drug possession. This doesn’t mean they can just claim the substance isn’t theirs and get out of the charges. If the police can prove that a minor had control over the area where the drugs were found, the police are able to charge them. For example, if the drugs were found in the child’s room, the police could determine the juvenile had control of that area.
Below is a list of rights a minor has after they’ve been arrested:
After an arrest for drug possession in Ohio, minors could face potentially severe consequences. The criminal process for minors is a bit different though. Because of their age juveniles are given more opportunities for rehabilitation before incarceration, especially if it is their first arrest.
Some examples of punishments include:
Our firm can aggressively take on your child’s charges to have them dropped or reduced. If necessary we can push to have your child accepted into a juvenile diversion program if they are eligible. These programs work towards rehabilitation as opposed to jail time and are meant to prevent recidivism.
Your child could face a number of different penalties if found guilty such as community service, jail time, and heavy fines. Protect them by speaking with an award-winning Cleveland criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to begin work on their defense. We have prepared a countless number of criminal defense cases over the years.
For your complimentary consultation, reach out to our firm today—(216) 220-6776!