Columbus Juvenile Delinquency Defense Attorney

Ensuring That Your Child's Rights Are Protected

Kids can get into a lot of trouble, deliberately or accidentally. If they are caught, they face stiff penalties that may affect their futures, depending on the type of crime they are accused of committing. If your child is facing juvenile delinquency charges, you need to retain a skilled lawyer who is familiar with Ohio juvenile crime laws.

Juvenile cases are handled differently, and with good reason. At Heagerty & Associates, we respect this and want to help your child protect his or her future. We keep you involved, in most situations, and work hard to find the best possible outcome in your child's case.

With more than 10 years of experience, Patrick J. Heagerty has helped many children and their parents navigate the Columbus court system. He knows the types of alternative programs available, as well as how to work with prosecutors to find a favorable resolution. If your child's case requires an appearance before a judge, our attorney has extensive trial experience and will aggressively protect your child's rights.

Common Juvenile Crimes

Juveniles can be charged with the same types of crimes as adults, but are most commonly charged with:

  • Underage DUI/OVI
  • Minor in possession of alcohol
  • Juvenile drug crimes
  • Shoplifting
  • Burglary
  • Vandalism
  • Sexual assault
  • Truancy

We listen to your child so we understand what happened from his or her point of view. Once we have received the evidence against your child, we review it thoroughly and look for areas of inconsistency in the two narratives. Whenever possible, we search for diversion programs that can dramatically reduce the negative effect on your child's future. If these are not an option, we vigorously defend your child's rights.