Common Pleas Court Municipal Court
Mercer Probate Juvenile Court

Juvenile Delinquency

The Ohio Revised Code describes a juvenile delinquent as any child who violates any law of this state, the United States, or any ordinance or regulation of a political subdivision of the state, which would be a crime if committed by an adult; except that any child who violates any traffic law, ordinance, or regulation shall be designated as a juvenile traffic offender. Juvenile Delinquency also includes any child that violates any lawful order of the Juvenile Court.

Some of the options the court utilizes when dealing with a delinquent child include:

  • Place the child on probation
  • Commit the child to the Ohio Department of Youth Services (felony only)
  • Commit the child to West Central Rehabilitation Center
  • Place child in a detention center
  • Place the child in foster care or a residential center
  • Require the child to complete community service and restitution
  • Order the child to attend a specific treatment program
  • Impose a fine and/or court costs
  • Make any order that the Judge feels would benefit the child