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Juvenile Court Penalties

When anyone under the age of 17 faces a criminal charge, special procedures and penalties can apply. Juvenile courts are special courts that deal with youth cases, and our attorneys know how to defend you or your child after a Michigan criminal charge. Our juvenile defense lawyers have trial court experience in counties statewide, and will aggressively defend your rights and freedom no matter what charge you face.

Michigan Juvenile Crime Defense Attorney Defending Minors Who Face Criminal Accusations in Lansing, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, and Throughout Michigan

Work with an experienced attorney who understands the unique and complex issues that can affect juvenile crime cases. Serious and sometimes life-changing penalties can occur in juvenile court cases, and if you fail to hire the best possible legal representation, you may miss out on a beneficial result.

The experienced Michigan criminal defense lawyers at Grabel & Associates have worked in cases involving drug crime, sex crime, theft, violent crimes, and other offenses, and understand the laws and legal issues that will affect your case. Contact our Michigan defense law firm now and benefit from tested strategies built around the details of your case.

Juvenile Crime Lawyer in Michigan

Juvenile court is part of Michigan family court, which deals with legal problems within families. Anyone under the age of 17 who is accused of a crime can be tried in juvenile court, however sentencing as an adult is possible if the offense is serious.

Work with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected and every legal option is explored.

Juvenile offenders have the right to an attorney, the right to remain silent, and the right to confront witnesses, call witnesses, and testify. Working with an experienced juvenile defense lawyer will help you utilize your rights and work towards the best possible case outcome.

Criminal Penalties for Juvenile Offenders in Michigan

If a youth has been accused of a criminal offense in Michigan, there are multiple outcomes possible. The judge assigned to the initial juvenile court hearing may:

  • dismiss the case, allowing the juvenile defendant to go free
  • recommend counseling as per the “Juvenile Diversion Act.” The youth must agree to counseling.
  • place the juvenile offender on the “Juvenile Consent Calendar”
  • allow the juvenile to be placed on the formal calendar

If an offender is placed on the formal calendar, he or she will face the penalties set for that charge. If convicted, he or she will face a record, which could last until he or she is of age or longer. The juvenile consent calendar allows for a youth to complete certain conditions set by a judge, and in exchange any record of the offense will be cleared after completion.

Sentencing as an adult occurs when charges are extremely serious, in which case youths are moved to the regular court system rather than the Michigan juvenile court. Contact an attorney if you or your child has been accused of any criminal offense and protect against criminal punishment.

Our Approach to Juvenile Court Cases

When a young person is accused of a criminal offense, protecting his or her future is extremely important. We understand how harsh punishment could affect a juvenile offender, and will work to help you achieve the case result that is best for you and your family. Without an attorney, it is possible that juvenile offenders will be taken advantage of, and sentenced to unfairly harsh punishment or generic penalties that don’t consider the unique details of the case. The attorneys at Grabel & Associates understand that every minor accused of a crime is different, and will research the details of your case in order to provide an individualized defense strategy.

Contact our firm right away if you or your child has been charged with a crime or investigated for a criminal offense in Michigan. Our lawyers know what it takes to earn great outcomes in even the most difficult cases, and can walk you through every possible case outcome so that you are able to set attainable goals.

Contact Scott Grabel Michigan Juvenile Court Defense Attorney

Our firm is available 24/7 to answer your legal questions and begin defending you or your child. Call 1-800-342-7896 now for a free initial no-obligation consultation, or contact our firm online. Attorney Scott Grabel will help you make informed decisions regarding your legal future, and along with the rest of our skilled team, will give you the information you need to be successful in Michigan juvenile court.


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