Juvenile Court in Fairfield County, Ohio

Fairfield County is located in Columbus, with a population of more than 151,400, as told by to the United States Census Bureau, Franklin County is one of the most densely population counties in Columbus. According to the Fairfield County Prosecutor’s office, the juvenile division involves two distinct types of cases: unruly prosecution and Child Services protective custody cases.

Such information is very helpful to individuals who find are defending themselves against these charges, because you understand where and what type of case you may be facing. Regarding unruly prosecutions, those types of cases including anything from school truancy and traffic citations, to juvenile homicide.

For serious offenses, the State of Ohio will require a juvenile to be separated from the community and reside in multi-county juvenile detention facilities such as the Liberty Center in Lancaster or the Ohio Department of Youth Services.

The Child Services protective custody cases, however, are fundamentally different legal proceedings. Such legal proceedings involve protecting an abused or neglected child, rather than punishing or rehabilitating a child that has committed some wrong. Typically, the accused in a Child Services protective custody proceeding is a parent or guardian of a minor child.

Lawyer for Juvenile Court in Fairfield County Area

After an arrest or detention for a criminal offense in Fairfield County, Ohio, contact an experienced attorney who has fought many cases in juvenile courts throughout Ohio, specifically in Fairfield County in Columbus, OH.

The attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm represent clients charged with a crime under the age of 18 and adults charged with child abuse and neglect. Contact Joslyn Law Firm now for more information about how our experienced lawyer can help

Call (614) 444-1900 to schedule a no obligations consultation.

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Types of Cases Heard in Fairfield County Juvenile Court

Under the first type of juvenile case, involving unruly minors, the Fairfield County, Juvenile Court will hear cases like the following:

  • Delinquency
  • Unruly
  • Juvenile Traffic
  • Murder
  • Assault
  • Battery

If the case is against an adult and involves Child Services custody protection, then the Juvenile Court will hear the following types of cases:

  • Dependency
  • Child Abuse
  • Adult Contributing
  • Child Neglect

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Penalties Served in Juvenile Court

Minors are treated differently in the criminal justice system. They generally serve less severe sentences and have more opportunities to rehabilitate than the average adult.

Juveniles could receive a number of other penalties in lieu of, or in addition to any other criminal sentences imposed by the court. Penalties that do not include jail time may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Community Service
  • Probation
  • House Arrest
  • Placement in a detention facility
  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Driver’s license suspension
  • Medical or psychological treatment

If a juvenile is bound over to be charged as an adult, then he or she will face the same potential punishments as adults do in Fairfield County Municipal Court or Fairfield County Court of Common Pleas.

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Juvenile Court Staff in Fairfield County, Ohio

The Fairfield County Juvenile Court has only one judge, Judge Terre L. Vandervoort ready to make a positive impact in her community by working to make a positive change in the lives of the youth and serving to  maintain the security, safety and quality of the community.

The magistrates that serve at the Fairfield County Juvenile Court are Michelle L. Edgar and Troy M. Sitzmann.

Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office

The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office has a mission of protecting their county and working hard to make it a great place to raise a family and live.

The Chief of Police in Fairfield County is Dave Phalen.

345 Lincoln Avenue Lancaster, Ohio 43130

Non-Emergency Phone Number: (740) 652-7331


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Find an Attorney for Fairfield County Juvenile Court in Columbus, Ohio

Have you or someone you know been arrested in Fairfield County, Ohio, and is under 18? If you are planning for a hearing at Juvenile Court then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney.

The attorneys at ">Union County

(614) 444-1900 (phone)
(888) 872-7444 (toll-free)