Dictionary of Legal Terms

Unruly Child

Under Ohio law, a minor who is: 1) habitually truant from school; 2) persistently disobedient (including behavior such as running away from home; 3) who acts in a way that injures or endangers another's (or his or her own) health or morals; or who violates a law that applies only to minors (such as a curfew). Unruly children are sometimes referred to as status offenders because of their status as minors. The juvenile division of the common pleas court may deal with an unruly child by using any of the remedies available for neglected, dependent or abused children and, if necessary, the dispositions available for delinquents. See abused child, dependent child, delinquent child, juvenile division, neglected child.

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