Juveniles who obtain an operator's license to drive a car in Ohio are subject to the same motor vehicle operation laws as adults. If a juvenile violates a traffic law, the court finds that the juvenile is a "juvenile traffic offender."

Traffic offenses are categorized as minor misdemeanors, misdemeanors and felonies.

Typical traffic cases heard in juvenile court are speeding, failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead, reckless operation, stop sign violation, improper turns, failure to yield, failure to wear seat belt, texting while driving, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Consequences for these traffic offenses may include payment of a fine, court costs, points assessed to driver's license, license suspension or revocation, restitution for the victim, probation, community service, counseling, and/or detention. In serious or felony traffic offenses, such as vehicular homicide, consequences may include larger fines, restitution for the victim, court costs, points assessed to driver's license, license suspension, probation, community service, and/or counseling.

Waiver of Right to Trial

Minor misdemeanor traffic offenses are the lowest level of traffic offense. In many cases, the juvenile and parent may waive the juvenile's right to appear in court for an adjudication, and pay a fine and court costs though the mail.


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