Juvenile law exists because the courts and society believe that young people should be treated differently than adults under the law. The juvenile justice system focuses on rehabilitation for youthful offenders so that mistakes made early in life don’t penalize them for the rest of their lives. At Lynda Harvey Williams & Associates, L.L.C., our attorneys represent young people in the Akron area and throughout Ohio who are charged with criminal offenses. We know that your child’s well-being is paramount and we’re committed to helping them through a difficult time. We also advocate for vulnerable minors in situations where they are at risk of harm from an adult guardian. When you seek our help, you can be confident that knowledgeable and compassionate juvenile law attorneys — who understand the Ohio juvenile system and the state’s courts — are on your side.
The primary concern for most parents is the safety of their children. When those children face criminal charges, it’s important to seek skilled legal counsel experienced in juvenile law and the juvenile court system. We draw on our extensive background to provide comprehensive representation to your son or daughter in cases that may involve:
Juvenile court judges have a range of options when handling the cases that come before them. While they must balance the needs of the youthful offender with those of the public’s safety, they are more likely to recommend probation and treatment programs rather than confinement to a juvenile facility, but their rulings depend upon the severity of the charge. Our experience enables us to anticipate how local judges and juvenile courts will approach your child’s case so we can be fully prepared to represent their rights and seek the most favorable outcome under the circumstances.
If your child is being accused of, charged with or investigated in connection with a criminal offense, time is of the essence. Delay can cause valuable legal advantages to be lost while you are waiting to secure legal representation. We understand the severity of the situation and work diligently to ensure that your child’s mistakes don’t follow him or her into adulthood. Our wealth of juvenile law experience gives us a thorough understanding of the approaches that courts and judges respond most favorably to. We are committed to pursuing sentencing options that prevent your son or daughter from having a criminal record so that just one youthful mistake doesn’t affect their ability to attend college or pursue a meaningful career in the future.
In addition to representing juveniles accused of misconduct, we also represent youth in abuse and neglect proceedings where they have been harmed or are at risk of being harmed by a parent or guardian. The state government may intervene in such cases to protect vulnerable youth by appointing attorneys to act as guardians ad litem, advocating for their interests and welfare. If courts believe that a young person is at risk, they may offer programs for the family that offer rehabilitation and reunification, but in extreme cases, a parent’s rights may be terminated. We act on behalf of juveniles when their rights and safety are jeopardized, offering them the protections they deserve under the law.
Lynda Harvey Williams & Associates, L.L.C. represents youth throughout Ohio in a full range of juvenile law matters. When your son or daughter needs help, we provide advice and advocacy to protect their rights and future. Call us at 330-376-2272 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at our Akron office.