Deception to Obtain Matter Harmful to Juveniles

Minors are generally prohibited by state law from purchasing material or being admitted to performances that are intended for adults. If a person takes certain actions that help children gain access to forbidden materials or performances, the alleged offender can face criminal charges.

The crime of deception to obtain matter harmful to juveniles is a misdemeanor offense that can possibly result in jail time and fines, but the long-term consequences can be just as—if not more severe. Certain businesses in Columbus and surrounding areas of Ohio will deny employment to people who have been convicted of this sex crime.

Lawyer for Deception to Obtain Matter Harmful to Juveniles in Columbus, OH

If you were arrested for alleged deception to obtain matter harmful to juveniles anywhere in Central Ohio, it is in your best interest to make sure that you retain legal counsel as soon as possible. Joslyn Law Firm aggressively defends clients in Whitehall, Worthington, Bexley, Dublin, Grove City, Gahanna, Upper Arlington, Westerville, Reynoldsburg, Hilliard, and many other communities in the greater Franklin County area.

Brian Joslyn is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Columbus who was selected as one of Central Ohio’s “Top Lawyers” by Columbus CEO Magazine and has been ranked as one of the 10 best criminal defense lawyers in Ohio by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. He can review your case and answer all of your legal questions during a free consultation as soon as you call (614) 444-1900 right now.


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Deception to Obtain Matter Harmful to Juveniles Penalties for Adults in Franklin County

Ohio Revised Code § 2907.33(A) makes deception to obtain matter harmful to juveniles a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $750. A person can be charged with this crime if he or she, for the purpose of enabling a juvenile to obtain any material or gain admission to any performance which is harmful to juveniles, allegedly does either of the following:

  • Falsely represent that he is the parent, guardian, or spouse of such juvenile; or
  • Furnish such juvenile with any identification or document purporting to show that such juvenile is eighteen years of age or over or married.

Under Ohio Revised Code § 2907.01(J), the term material is defined as “any book, magazine, newspaper, pamphlet, poster, print, picture, figure, image, description, motion picture film, phonographic record, or tape, or other tangible thing capable of arousing interest through sight, sound, or touch and includes an image or text appearing on a computer monitor, television screen, liquid crystal display, or similar display device or an image or text recorded on a computer hard disk, computer floppy disk, compact disk, magnetic tape, or similar data storage device.” Ohio Revised Code § 2907.01(E) defines "harmful to juveniles" as “that quality of any material or performance describing or representing nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sado-masochistic abuse in any form to which all of the following apply”:

  • The material or performance, when considered as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest of juveniles in sex;
  • The material or performance is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community as a whole with respect to what is suitable for juveniles; and
  • The material or performance, when considered as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, and scientific value for juveniles.

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Deception to Obtain Matter Harmful to Juveniles Penalties for Children in Columbus

The same statute that criminalizes pretending to be the parent, guardian, or spouse of a juvenile or furnishing a juvenile with any false identification or document also establishes penalties for minors. Under Ohio Revised Code § 2907.33(B), juveniles cannot, for the purpose of obtaining any material or gaining admission to any performance which is harmful to juveniles, do either of the following:

  • Falsely represent that he is eighteen years of age or over or married; or
  • Exhibit any identification or document purporting to show that he is eighteen years of age or over or married.

A minor who violates this statute will be adjudged an unruly child. Juvenile courts have jurisdiction over individuals who are adjudicated unruly children prior to attaining 18 years of age until they attain 21 years of age, and, for purposes of that jurisdiction related to that adjudication, a person who is so adjudicated an unruly child shall be deemed a child until the person attains 21 years of age.

When a minor is adjudicated an unruly child, the court may:

  • Make any of the dispositions authorized under Ohio Revised Code § 2151.353;
  • Place the child on community control under any sanctions, services, and conditions that the court prescribes, provided that, if the court imposes a period of community service upon the child, the period of community service shall not exceed 175 hours;
  • Suspend the driver's license, probationary driver's license, or temporary instruction permit issued to the child for a period of time prescribed by the court and suspend the registration of all motor vehicles registered in the name of the child for a period of time prescribed by the court. A child whose license or permit is so suspended is ineligible for issuance of a license or permit during the period of suspension. At the end of the period of suspension, the child shall not be reissued a license or permit until the child has paid any applicable reinstatement fee and complied with all requirements governing license reinstatement.
  • Commit the child to the temporary or permanent custody of the court;
  • Make any further disposition the court finds proper that is consistent with Ohio Revised Code § 2151.312 and Ohio Revised Code §§ 2151.56 to 2151.59; or
  • If, after making a disposition listed above, the court finds upon further hearing that the child is not amenable to treatment or rehabilitation under that disposition, make a disposition otherwise authorized under Ohio Revised Code §2152.19(A)(1), (4), (5), and (8) that is consistent with Ohio Revised Code § 2151.312 and Ohio Revised Code §§ 2151.56 to 2151.59.

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Ohio Deception to Obtain Matter Harmful to Juveniles Resources

Franklin County Children Services — Franklin County Children Services is a public agency that provides protection, care, and permanency for children who are abused, neglected, or dependent. Its social workers and support staff also work to build stable and supportive living settings for young people, strengthen family life and assist parents in meeting their responsibilities to their children. On this website, you can learn more about some of the agency’s programs and find answers to frequently asked questions.

Franklin County Children Services
855 W. Mound St.
Columbus, OH 43223
(614) 275-2571

Family Solutions of Ohio — Family Solutions of Ohio is a nonprofit behavioral healthcare organization that provides multiple services for children and families in the Columbus area. Visit this website to learn more about some of the services the organization provides, including mental health rehabilitation. You can also read more about reasons why families should seek help when there are mental health concerns for children or adults.

Family Solutions of Ohio
1550 Old Henderson Road Suite N-271
Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 456-7334


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Joslyn Law Firm | Columbus Deception to Obtain Matter Harmful to Juveniles Lawyer

Were you arrested in Central Ohio for alleged deception to obtain matter harmful to juveniles? Do not say anything to authorities until you have first contacted Joslyn Law Firm.

Columbus criminal defense attorney Brian Joslyn represents clients all over Fairfield County, Franklin County, Union County, Pickaway County, Madison County, Delaware County, and Licking County. Call (614) 444-1900 or submit an online contact form today to receive a free, confidential consultation that will allow our lawyer to provide a complete evaluation of your case.


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