Juvenile Defense

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Columbus, Ohio, Juvenile Defense Attorneys

A juvenile found delinquent may face a lifetime of problems, including lost job opportunities, ineligibility for student loans and military service, or worse. Even a juvenile found delinquent on a traffic court charge can limit a teenager’s ability to drive and deny them insurance coverage for years.

A poor choice, an innocent mistake or false accusation has the potential to ruin a child’s life and create a stressful environment for their parents. If your child faces criminal delinquency charges, it’s important to consult the experienced juvenile defense attorneys at Siewert & Gjostein Co. LPA.

We handle every type of juvenile delinquency charge, including:

  • Underage drinking
  • OVI, DUI, drunk driving
  • Drug possession and paraphernalia
  • Felonious assault and other violent crimes
  • Theft and shoplifting
  • Criminal damaging
  • Trespassing
  • Sexual imposition

The state of Ohio takes a rehabilitative approach in juvenile crime cases whenever possible, and that result is best accomplished with an experienced attorney. In many cases, we can dispose of a juvenile case without leaving a lasting effect on the child’s future. Possible options include diversion and early intervention programs, as well as drug treatment and counseling.

In representing juveniles accused of felony crimes, our goal is to keep the case within the juvenile justice system and out of adult court. In juvenile bind-over cases — where the state tries to send your child to adult prison — our criminal defense of your child is unmatched.

We also represent parents accused by child protective services and the government of Abuse, Neglect and Dependency cases. Those are civil matters that involve Children's Services, and the State can take custody of your children. It can often take months or years to restore the family's independence and get the social workers out of your life.