Ohio & Pennsylvania: Attorneys for Juvenile Delinquency Charges
If your child is in trouble with school authorities or the police, you deserve legal advice from experienced local attorneys with a strong record of advocacy on behalf of minors in the criminal justice system.
Do not make the mistake of believing that your child’s problem will resolve itself with few negative consequences. A minor who is prosecuted in the juvenile justice system can be incarcerated in juvenile detention up until age 21 if the offense is serious enough. A child who is tried as an adult will be subject to all criminal penalties that any adult offender is subject to.
The Lawyers of Betras, Kopp, & Harshman, LLC: Advocates for Minors in Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings
Betras, Kopp, & Harshman, LLC has an active and successful criminal defense practice. Within that practice, we have attorneys who focus their work on representing young people accused of crimes or school policy violations.
When you hire us to represent your child, you send a clear message to the police or to the school of the high value you place on your child’s rights and future. Your child’s attorney has access to all the resources of our law firm to build a strong defense on your child’s behalf — including on-staff investigators who will interview witnesses and examine all available physical evidence.
All our criminal defense clients get cell phone numbers for their defense attorney — ensuring 24-hour access in case of emergency.
We handle all types of juvenile delinquency matters and violations of school policy:
- Suspension or expulsion from school due to violation of “zero tolerance policies” such as violence or threats of violence at school
- “Status offenses” such as underage drinking or minor in possession of drugs
- Traffic violations and speeding tickets
- Curfew violations
- Suspension from sports teams for drinking or drug use
- Statutory rape
- Sexual harassment at school
- Hate crimes or hate speech at school
- Carrying a weapon to school
Whether your child is charged in the juvenile justice system or threatened with expulsion, your child has several specific rights regarding how the process must go forward. Your lawyer’s first priority is to protect those rights, and also to protect your child’s freedom and access to education.