Keeping Juveniles In Juvenile Court with HB 86

Last year when the Ohio House of Representatives passed HB 86, it brought about a number of changes to the courts. A major component of HB 86 was how it effected the sentencing process in common pleas courts. This included when juveniles are tried as adults, known as bindovers.

If a juvenile had his case “bound over” from juvenile court to adult court because of the charges and/or his juvenile record, he had to be tried and sentenced as an adult. Today if a juvenile is convicted, whether at trial or through a plea, of a non-mandatory bindover offense, he must be returned to juvenile court to face sentencing there. It also results in having the adult case expunged automatically! This is a newer procedure known as a “reverse bindover.”

Of course not every case is eligible for a reverse bindover, and not every reverse bindover will remain in juvenile court, but the possibility of facing a juvenile disposition rather than an adult sentence is a major step forward. Contact attorney Robert Botnick to see if you or someone you know may be eligible for a reverse bindover and how we can avoid an adult sentence to prison.

Author Bio

Botnick Law Firm

Robert Botnick is CEO and Managing Partner of Botnick Law Firm, a criminal defense law firm in Cleveland, OH. With more than 19 years of experience in criminal defense, he has zealously represented clients in a wide range of legal matters, including DUIs, misdemeanors, felonies, domestic violence, and other criminal charges.

Robert received his Juris Doctor from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University and is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including the Best DUI Lawyers in Cleveland award by

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