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, Victims’ 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 28 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. Heath assists with by handling the lower-level felony cases in the Criminal Division of the Common Pleas Court and in a variety of other support capacities. 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.
Heath is involved in school and community outreach on such topics as bullying, sexting and sexual assaults.
Heath is a graduate of Heidelberg College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 1990. He attended the University of Toledo, College of Law and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1993. Heath was admitted to the Ohio Bar in November 1993. He is also admitted to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Heath is also a partner in the law firm of Hegemann & Zimmerman, Co., L.P.A. His practice focuses primarily on all family law matters including divorces, dissolutions, legal separation, custody, paternity, child support, contempt, grandparent custody, and guardianship; bankruptcy cases (Chapter 7); landlord/tenant disputes, and general civil litigation.
Heath is active in many community organizations and activities. He is the former Chairman of the Sidney Kiwanis Scholarship Committee, and is the President of the Minster Community Foundation Distribution Committee. He is also a former President of the St. Augustine Parish Council and currently is a Knights of Columbus member. Heath and his wife, Julie, reside in Minster, Ohio. In his spare time, Heath enjoys attending sporting events, boating and other outdoor activities.