The Juvenile Court is a court of rehabilitation and treatment. The prosecuting attorney provides legal assistance by way of prosecuting juveniles and adults who are charged through Juvenile Court on various matters including:
- Delinquency matters (criminal actions charged against juveniles)
- Unruly matters (juveniles who do not obey their parents, guardians, or teachers)
- Traffic citations
- Truancy actions against juveniles and their parents or guardians
- Probation violations
- Violations of court orders
- Parole violations and contributing to the delinquency or unruliness of juvenile charges.
The Prosecuting Attorney also provides assistance at various dispositional (sentencing) hearings, bind over hearings and review hearings. The prosecuting attorney works closely with the Juvenile Court, Victim’s Services, county schools, the Juvenile Probation Department and the Court Liaison to protect the community and victims of crime while also helping to facilitate rehabilitation and treatment options for the youth of Shelby County.
Currently, Assistant Prosecutor Heath H. Hegemann serves the Juvenile Court handling the above matters.
Heath H. Hegemann
Heath H. Hegemann has practiced law in Shelby County, Ohio for the past 23 years. He currently serves as the Juvenile Prosecutor handling all delinquency, unruly, and traffic cases involving juveniles. He prosecutes juveniles for school truancy, traffic citations, and more serious violent offenses. The emphasis of these cases is on rehabilitating the juvenile to not only correct their offending behavior so that they can become productive members of society, but to also keep the community safe. Additionally, Heath assists on various civil and collection matters for county agencies such as the Shelby County Treasurer’s Office. Heath has previously served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for eight years under prior prosecutors. Heath has also served as an assistant public defender for Shelby County.