All traffic cases are set for arraignment at 3:00 p.m. on the Thursday
following the citation. At the arraignment, the Court reviews the
Juvenile’s rights, reads and explains the citation to the
Juvenile and parent(s) and reviews the consequences for the citation.
If the Juvenile denies the traffic violation, the matter is scheduled
for a pretrial.
A pretrial is conference with the Prosecutor’s Office. A pretrial
is scheduled to determine if the parties can reach agreement regarding
the traffic citation. If the parties cannot reach agreement, the
matter is then scheduled for a trial.
A trial is a hearing where the State of Ohio must prove the traffic
violation. The Court makes a determination if the child is a juvenile
traffic offender after hearing all of the evidence from both sides
of the case.
Following the adjudication/trial, the Court decides what action
will be taken with the Juvenile. If the Juvenile is found to be
a juvenile traffic offender, the Court may assess fines, court costs
and points, order probation, restrict driving privileges, or require
attendance at driving classes. Where there is insufficient evidence
that the Juvenile has violated a traffic law, the Court will dismiss