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If a juvenile is the victim of a crime, how can the victim

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If a juvenile is the victim of a crime, how can the victim protect his/her confidentiality/privacy while filing a police report or responding to a police investigation, particularly if the crime then goes to trial and court records are produced? Is it important for the victim to have an attorney present while responding to an investigation to ensure privacy is maintained? Are other services available for a juvenile victim?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Ely replied 9 months ago.

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I am sorry to hear about this situation. Please tell me what state this is in And also is the perpetrator a juvenile as well, or, not?

This is not an answer, but an information request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. Thank you in advance.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Ohio; perpetrator is not a juvenile
Expert:  Ely replied 9 months ago.
Thank you. According to ORC 2907.11. A victim has the right to ask the judge to order that the information included in the police report not be released. If such a request is granted by the judge, all names and details will remain confidential until after a preliminary hearing or an arraignment or until the case is dismissed. The agencies involved, as well as the media, have adopted policies that may prevent the release of a victim’s identity.
Often, the prosecutor will do this on the victim's behalf, if asked.
In addition, in FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT, documents from ongoing investigations and prosecuted cases are prevented being released.
While there is no specific statutory additional rights to a minor, most media will respect a minor's right to privacy and not print their name. In addition, the Court can at request REDACT the minor's name from the records or identity them by initial ONLY.
In short, there are ways to prevent dissemination of identity and they normally work well.
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Expert:  Ely replied 9 months ago.
Hello again. This is a courtesy check in to see if you needed anything else in regards ***** ***** question because you never responded or replied positively. I am simply touching base. Let me know. Thanks!