Children under the age of 18 sometimes do foolish things. When they are arrested, it can have lifelong consequences if the matter is not handled properly, such as impacting high school graduation or admission into college. At Bentoff & Duber, our lawyers defend juveniles accused of crimes. We work diligently to help our juvenile clients achieve favorable results in their cases so that they can succeed in future endeavors. We represent juveniles accused of all types of crimes, including:
- Drug possession
- Underage consumption of alcohol
- DUI and traffic violations
- Assault and other violent crimes
- Theft and shoplifting
- And other juvenile crimes
Contact us for a free consultation. We can review your child’s case and discuss what we can do to mitigate the long-term consequences.
Rehabilitation, Not Punishment
Fortunately, if handled properly, the State of Ohio favors taking a rehabilitative approach in juvenile crime cases whenever possible – But this result is best accomplished with the representation of an experienced attorney. In most cases, we can help a juvenile dispose of his or her case with one of the many options available that will not have a lasting effect on the child’s future. In many cases, possible options include entry into the Diversion or Early Intervention Program. Under the terms of these programs, if a juvenile stays out of trouble for a period of time, the charge will be dismissed — and will not appear on a criminal record.
Bentoff & Duber has helped many juveniles achieve these types of outcomes. If your child requires special help, such as drug treatment or counseling, we can work with the prosecutor to develop a program that can provide the help your child needs.
Juvenile Traffic Tickets
Juveniles who have been convicted of traffic violations can face an automatic suspension of their driver’s license. Bentoff & Duber can represent your child in traffic court in an attempt to keep your child from losing her or his driving privileges. We can also seek to restore a suspended license.
Serious Juvenile Crimes
We also defend juveniles accused of felony crimes. In these situations, our first goal will be to keep the case within the juvenile justice system, and out of adult court. Our attorneys include a former prosecutor who has experience handling felony charges from the perspective of the prosecution and the defense. With our experience, we have the ability to strongly defend your child at all stages of the legal process.