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Juvenile Law and Child Custody

Protecting our children’s rights

At Andrews & Pontius, LLC, we think of children as our local communities’ greatest hope for the future.  But young people can make mistakes that land them in court, where they may be charged with crimes and punished for delinquency.  The consequences can drastically change the course of their young lives.  So can child abuse, neglect, and bitter family disputes over who will support and care for them.

In Ohio, these kinds of family law matters are usually determined in juvenile court.  Our attorneys understand that juvenile court cases almost always involve strong emotions, not the least of which is fear for a child’s future.  We believe that every child is important, and we are dedicated to using our formidable legal skills, experience, and compassion to stand up for their best interests in court.

Juvenile offenses

We offer a full range of legal assistance in defense of children accused of a variety of offenses, including—

  • Assault and battery
  • Arson
  • Carjacking
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug possession
  • Property damage
  • Selling drugs
  • Shoplifting
  • Theft
  • Traffic offenses
  • Trespassing
  • Underage drinking
  • Violence at school

When children are charged with these or other offenses including delinquency and unruliness, they may be sent to jails, youth detention centers, or training school. This can have a profound effect on their lives—impacting social status, self-identity, and choice of future profession.

When children are in trouble, it is critical that they receive knowledgeable representation by a lawyer who will fight for their rights to obtain the best outcome possible in the situation.

Child custody and support

Also handled in juvenile court are issues related to child custody, the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities, and protection of children against custodians who hurt them or do not take care of them properly.  We provide effective representation for children and families in a range of juvenile law cases and hearings:

  • Abuse
  • Child protection
  • Child support
  • Custody
  • Grandparent rights
  • Juvenile unruliness
  • Neglect
  • Paternity
  • Visitation

Experienced and personal legal services throughout Northeast Ohio

For caring and personalized legal support in all juvenile law and custody matters in Ashtabula, Lake, Trumbull, Geauga, Mahoning, and Cuyahoga counties, call Northeast Ohio’s premiere law firm, Andrews & Pontius, LLC, at 440-998-6835 or contact us online.


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