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Deception to Obtain Matter Harmful to Juveniles

If an adult takes certain actions that allow a minor to obtain any material or gain admission to any performance that is harmful to juveniles, it can result in criminal charges for both the adult and the child. Deception to obtain matter harmful to juveniles is a misdemeanor offense in Ohio, and alleged offenders can face possible jail time and fines if convicted of this offense.

Despite being a misdemeanor offense, convictions for displaying matter harmful to juveniles convictions can make alleged offenders ineligible for certain employment opportunities and professional licenses. Additionally, people may not be able to have these convictions sealed or expunged.

Attorney for Deception to Obtain Matter Harmful to Juveniles in Dayton, OH

Were you recently arrested in the Montgomery County area for alleged deception to obtain matter harmful to juveniles? Do not say anything to authorities until you have legal representation. Contact Joslyn Law Firm as soon as possible.

Dayton criminal defense lawyer Brian Joslyn represents clients accused of sex offenses in communities all over Clark County, Miami County, Montgomery County, and Greene County. Call (937) 356-3969 to have our attorney provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free initial consultation.


Overview of Deception to Obtain Matter Harmful to Juveniles Crimes in Ohio


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Montgomery County Deception to Obtain Matter Harmful to Juveniles Charges

Ohio Revised Code § 2907.33(A) makes it illegal for any person, for the purpose of enabling a juvenile to obtain any material or gain admission to any performance which is harmful to juveniles, to do either of the following:

  • Falsely represent that he or she is the parent, guardian, or spouse of such juvenile; or
  • Furnish such juvenile with any identification or document purporting to show that such juvenile is 18 years of age or over or married.

Under Ohio Revised Code § 2907.33(B), no juvenile, for the purpose of obtaining any material or gaining admission to any performance which is harmful to juveniles, can do either of the following:

  • Falsely represent that he or she is 18 years of age or over or married; or
  • Exhibit any identification or document purporting to show that he is 18 years of age or over or married.

The phrase “harmful to juveniles" is defined under Ohio Revised Code § 2907.01(E) as meaning that quality of any material or performance describing or representing nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sadomasochistic abuse in any form to which all of the following apply:

  • The material or performance, when considered as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest of juveniles in sex;
  • The material or performance is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community as a whole with respect to what is suitable for juveniles; and
  • The material or performance, when considered as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, and scientific value for juveniles.

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Deception to Obtain Matter Harmful to Juveniles Penalties in Dayton

Deception to obtain matter harmful to juveniles is a second-degree misdemeanor offense. A conviction is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $750.

A juvnile who violates Ohio Revised Code § 2907.33(B) will be adjudged an unruly child. Juvenile courts in Ohio have jurisdiction over minor who are adjudicated unruly children prior to attaining 18 years of age until they attain 21 years of age, and, for purposes of that jurisdiction related to that adjudication, a person who is so adjudicated an unruly child shall be deemed a child until the person attains 21 years of age.

After a juvenile has been adjudicated an unruly child, the court may make any of the dispositions authorized under Ohio Revised Code § 2151.353, place the juvenile on community control under any sanctions, services, and conditions that the court prescribes, although the period of community service cannot exceed 175 hours, and/or suspend the driver's license, probationary driver's license, or temporary instruction permit issued to the juvenile for a period of time prescribed by the court and suspend the registration of all motor vehicles registered in the name of the juvenile for a period of time prescribed by the court. A court can also commit a juvenile to the temporary or permanent custody of the court or, if after making a disposition listed above the court finds upon further hearing that the juvenile is not amenable to treatment or rehabilitation under that disposition, make a disposition otherwise authorized under Ohio Revised Code §2152.19(A)(1), (4), (5), and (8) that is consistent with Ohio Revised Code § 2151.312 and Ohio Revised Code §§ 2151.56 to 2151.59.


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Ohio Resources for Deception to Obtain Matter Harmful to Juveniles Offenses

Family Service Association — Family Service Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides services for individuals and families in need in the Dayton area. On this website, you can find additional information about counseling services, special events, and recent news. The website also has a link that allows visitors to download the Family Service Association’s Aviator app for crime victims.

Family Service Association
2211 Arbor Blvd.
Moraine, OH 45439
(937) 222-9481

Children Services | Montgomery County — Montgomery County Children Services works with families and provides them with helpful resources to help prevent dangerous situations. Visit this website to learn more about the agency’s services for children and adults. You can also read recent press releases and find links to other organizations.


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Joslyn Law Firm | Dayton Deception to Obtain Matter Harmful to Juveniles Defense Lawyer

If you were arrested for alleged deception to obtain matter harmful to juveniles anywhere in the Miami Valley area, it will be in your best interest to immediately retain legal counsel. Joslyn Law Firm defends individuals in Dayton, Fairborn, Huber Heights, Kettering, Piqua, Springfield, Troy, Beavercreek, and many surrounding areas of Montgomery County.

Brian Joslyn is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Dayton who can fight to help you achieve the most favorable resolution to your case. He can review your case and answer all of your legal questions as soon as you call (937) 356-3969 or fill out an online contact form to set up a free, confidential consultation.


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